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Jónína Kirton is a Red River Métis/Icelandic poet. She has published two collections of poetry, page as bone – ink as blood and An Honest Woman, the latter of which was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In 2016 she received Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for an Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts. Kirton’s interest in equity and inclusion led to the creation of Turtle Island Responds, a news related online poetry series that was developed with Room Magazine. Originally from Treaty One (Manitoba), she now lives the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples (Vancouver).

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