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Cooper Skjeie is a mixed settler/Métis poet and teacher whose work has been published in Prairie Fire Magazine, Grain Magazine, and PRISM international. He won third prize in Grain’s Short Grain Contest for Poetry and has been shortlisted for PRISM’s Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize, The Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards, and The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize. Skjeie serves as the Decolonial Initiatives & Indigenous Programming Consultant at Poetry In Voice and is completing his MFA at the University of British Columbia. He lives in Saskatoon. 

Award History

2023 Winner

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
for Scattered Oblations

Jury Citation

“‘Scattered Oblations’ paints an exquisite landscape. The poems are simultaneously soft and gritty, inviting introspection, exposing dark truths, and demanding imperative answers. Wonder and rage coexist in this collection, producing a scintillating narrative that is both personal and universal, seemingly expanding the bounds of time and space while remaining firmly rooted in the fundamental urgency of Indigenous land sovereignty.”

Works recognized by WT