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Arielle Twist is a Nehiyaw, Two-Spirit, Trans Woman originally from George Gordon First Nation, Saskatchewan. Her work has appeared in Them, Canadian Art, The Fiddlehead, and PRISM international and her poetry, multimedia pieces, and performances have been exhibited in art galleries across the country. In 2019, Twist was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and shortlisted for a National Magazine Award. Disintegrate/Dissociate is her first collection of poetry. She currently lives in Halifax.


2020 Dayne Ogilvie Prize winner Arielle Twist

Award History

Jury Citation

"Arielle Twist is a crucial writer the world needs.  The intentionality, spareness, and lush lyricism of her work faces down colonial cissexist violence and wraps her family, body, and communities with deep love, justice, and honest witness. Twist's poetry moves with dignity, deliberation, deep craft, and purpose. Her work is potent, breathtaking Indiqueer brilliance, telling stories that bring the next world — the one we, and in particular Indigenous trans women, deserve — into being."
— 2020 Dayne Ogilvie Prize Jury (Trevor Corkum, Lindsay Nixon, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha)

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