Billy-Ray Belcourt (@BillyRayB) is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is an incoming 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 forthcoming with Frontenac House in late September 2017. To see what other Indigenous writers have to say about it, click here and here.
For his regularly updated CV, click here.