JÓNÍNA KIRTON, a Red River Métis/Icelandic poet, author, facilitator and manuscript consultant currently lives in the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh. A graduate of the SFU Writer’s Studio in 2007, she was Betsy Warland’s mentor apprentice at the studio in 2017 and 2018 and is currently one of her Vancouver Manuscript Intensive mentors. Her first collection of poetry, page as bone ~ ink as blood, was released in April 2015 with Talonbooks. It has been described as “restorative, intimate poetry, drawing down ancestral ideas into the current moment’s breath.” A late-blooming poet, she was sixty-one when she received the 2016 Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for an Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category. Her second collection of poetry, An Honest Woman, was a finalist in the 2018 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.