Billy-Ray Belcourt (@BillyRayB) is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a PhD student in the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta. He will work under the supervision of Dr. Keavy Martin on a project tentatively called “The Indigenous Paranormal.”
Billy-Ray is also a 2016 Rhodes Scholar and read for an M.St. in Women’s Studies at the University of Oxford and Wadham College. His thesis was called “Decolonial Sight: Indigenous Feminist Protest and the World-to-Come,” and it made the case for a mode of looking at daily life, scenes of protest, violent encounters, and the world of the visual that can spot the rogue traces of a world-to-come.
Billy-Ray studies Indigenous art, literature, and film and lets these objects occasion his thinking about the anti-/ante-/ontological, queer worldings, native futures, the two valences of non-sovereignty, and ethics in a colonial present.
Billy-Ray is also a poet: named by CBC Books (à la Tracey Lindberg) as one of six Indigenous writers to watch. His work has been published in Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, Decolonization, Red Rising Magazine, mâmawi-âcimowak, SAD Mag, Yellow Medicine Review, The Malahat Review, PRISM International, and The Next Quarterly. His debut collection of poems, THIS WOUND IS A WORLD, is out now with Frontenac House. To see what other Indigenous writers have to say about it, click here and here. To buy the book, click here.
For his regularly updated CV, click here.