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Terese Marie
Mailhot

Terese Marie Mailhot is in the creative writing faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where she graduated with an MFA in fiction. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles TimesThe RumpusCarve MagazineThe OffingThe Toast, and elsewhere. She was recently named the Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow at Purdue University. Mailhot is from Seabird Island Band in British Columbia and currently resides in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Award History

2018 Finalist

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
for Heart Berries: A Memoir

Jury Citation

"Heart Berries is a raw and riveting portrait of the artist as an Indigenous woman. Born to gifted, yet neglectful parents on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia, Mailhot chronicles her harsh childhood, ongoing battle with mental illness, and struggle against racist misrepresentation in the eyes of her white lover and the wider world. Terese Marie Mailhot’s devastating prose style draws upon the fearless, immediate oral tradition of her maternal ancestors. As she goes from embracing a narrative of Native dysfunction to telling her own story her own way, familiar definitions of femininity, motherhood, and even sanity need not apply. A wildly romantic, chillingly unsentimental, and completely unforgettable memoir."

— 2018 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction Jury (Michael Harris, Donna Bailey Nurse, and Joel Yanofsky)

Works recognized by WT