jaye simpson is a Two-Spirit Oji-Cree person of the Buffalo Clan with roots in Sapotaweyak and Skownan Cree Nation who often writes about being queer in the child welfare system, as well as being queer and Indigenous. Their work has been performed at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (2017) in Peterborough, and in Guelph with the Vancouver Slam Poetry 2018 Team. simpson’s debut book it was never going to be okay was released with Harbour Publishing in 2020. they are a co-organizer of the Indigenous Brilliance reading series. simpson was named the Vancouver Champion for the Women of the World Poetry Slam and their work has been featured in This Magazine, PRISM international, and many other literary journals. simpson resides on the unceded and ancestral territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), səlilwəta’Ɂɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) First Nations peoples, currently and colonially known as Vancouver, BC.


it was never going to be okay
Nightwood Editions
Oct. 6 2020
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