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Distinguished Visiting Faculty

Leanne Simpson

Leanne Simpson

Biography:

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg musician, writer and academic, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. She is a band member of Alderville First Nation. Leanne is the author of four books, including This Accident of Being Lost, Islands of Decolonial Love, and Dancing on Our Turtle's Back, and she is the editor of three anthologies.

 Leanne is faculty at the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning in Denendeh, and has lectured at a variety of universities in Canada and the United States. She holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and was the winner of the Native American Indigenous Studies Association’s best paper award for “Land as Pedagogy” in 2014.  As a writer, Leanne was named the inaugural RBC Charles Taylor Emerging writer by Thomas King, and she has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards.  

Leanne’s new album, f(l)light, is a haunting collection of story-songs that effortlessly interweave Simpson’s complex poetics and multi-layered stories of the land, spirit, and body with lush acoustic and electronic arrangements. Recorded and produced by an acclaimed cast of Indigenous and non-Indigenous musicians, f(l)ight and was released in the fall on RPM Records.