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Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. His books are This Would is a World, NDN Coping Mechanisms, A History of My Brief Body, and the forthcoming A Minor Chorus. Belcourt has won the Griffin Poetry Prize and has twice been a finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award. He lives in Vancouver, where he is an Assistant Professor in the School of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.