Lee Maracle is the author of a number of award-winning and critically acclaimed literary works, and the co-editor of a number of anthologies. Maracle was born in North Vancouver and is a member of the Sto: Loh nation. The mother of four and grandmother of seven, Maracle is currently an instructor at the University of Toronto, as well as the Traditional Teacher for First Nations. Maracle is a Senior Fellow at Massey College (U of T). In 2009, Maracle received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University. Maracle is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (for her work promoting writing among Aboriginal youth), the 2014 Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the 2016 Ann Green Award, and the 2018 Blue Metropolis First Peoples Literary Prize. In 2018 Maracle was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. Maracle has been designated as Si’yam by her nation.