About Joseph

Joseph Kakwinokanasum is a member of the James Smith Cree Nation who grew up in the Peace region of northern BC, one of seven children raised by a single mother. A graduate of SFU's The Writer’s Studio, he was selected by Darrel J. McLeod as one of The Writers Trust of Canada’s “Rising Stars” in 2022. His short story, “Ray Says,” was a finalist for CBC’s Nonfiction Prize (2020) and his debut novel, My Indian Summer, loosely based on his own childhood, was the finalist for the the First Nations Communities Read and was shortlisted for the ReLit award for fiction (both 2023). Joseph is represented by Carolyn Forde of the Transatlantic Agency and now lives and writes on Vancouver Island..