Lake Superior State University is honored to welcome Lesley Belleau to campus on April 14, 2022, at 3 PM.
Lesley Belleau is an Anishnaabekwe writer, educator, and activist from the Ojibway Nation of Ketegaunseebee (Garden River First Nation), located outside Bawating/Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. She is a Ph.D candidate in the Indigenous Studies Department at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, focusing on studying indigenous feminine literature and narratives, and is a pre-doctoral fellow at Queen’s University. Belleau is the author of the short fiction collections The Colour of Dried Bones (Kegedonce Press) and Sweat (Your Scrivener Press) and most recently was the winner of the Pat Lowther Award for her poetry collection Indianland (ARP).
“We are really looking forward to bringing a poet of this quality to our campus,” said LSSU President Dr. Rodney S. Hanley. “The opportunity to bring a female native voice to our poetry series is exciting and will bring new perspectives to campus for all to experience.”
Director of Library and Academic Services Marc Boucher added, “These library programs are powerful ways to engage the entire community in lifelong learning and I anticipate Ms. Belleau’s poetry will appeal to a wide audience in our community.”
Belleau will give an overview of her works, which explore feminist and Indigenous perspectives, and discuss lived experiences, followed by a reading and questions from the audience. This event will be held in the Learning Commons area of the Kenneth J. Shouldice Library. This event is free and open to the public.