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Angélique Lalonde grew up in Ktunaxa Territory. Her mother is Métis and her father is Québécois. The stories she has about her ancestors have a lot of knots in them. She writes, grows food, harvests medicines, and works as a community orga­nizer on Gitxsan Territory, where she lives as an uninvited guest with her children, partner, and many non-human beings. Angélique holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Victoria. Her story “Pooka” was runner up for PRISM international’s Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction. She is currently at work on a collection of short stories.

Award History

Jury Citation

"Angélique Lalonde’s 'Pooka' is a contemporary classic. After a failed attempt at online fame, Pooka, a carpet collector and sculptor, must reconsider his artistic practice and its relationship to his mental health. Deftly weaving explorations of identity, isolation, and displacement with colourful and unexpected imagery, Lalonde tells a powerful story of life on the precipice. There is fear here, and an inescapable loneliness, but there is also a celebration of resilience that utterly defines this moment in literature, and society in general. Told in clean, efficient prose, Pooka’s story is both universal and deeply personal, with surprising twists and moments of dark humour that make it truly unforgettable."

—2019 Journey Prize Jury Carleigh Baker, Catherine Hernandez, and Joshua Whitehead

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