Sky Dancer Louise Bernice Halfe

Sky Dancer Louise Bernice Halfe is a Cree poet who was raised on the Saddle Lake Reserve in Alberta. Since the early 90s, her work has offered a blistering portrait of Indigenous experience within the ongoing history of colonialism, but also celebrates the resilience and beauty of her people, and her own relationship with nêhiyawêwin, the Cree language. She has written several books, from her 1994 debut, Bear Bones and Feathers to Burning in This Midnight Dream, which emerged from the Truth and Reconciliation process. Louise has an honorary doctorate from Wilfred Laurier University, and in 2017 won the Latner Writers’ Trust Award for an exceptional body of work in the field of poetry. Her new collection Sôhkêyihta includes work from across her career, and embodies the title’s call for courage and strength.