Maria Campbell is a Metis author, playwright, and teacher. She started her career in 1973 when she published her first book, the memoir Halfbreed. That book has since become a literary classic and continues to be one of the most widely taught texts in Canadian literature. She has also written four children’s books and translated oral stories into print. Her first professionally produced play, Flight, was the first all-Aboriginal theatre production in Canada. She has received numerous awards including the Chalmers Award for Best New Play and Dora Mavor Award for playwriting. Campbell retired from the University of Saskatchewan where she taught Native Studies, Creative Writing and Drama.