The Mi'kmaq Anthology - Volume Two

In Celebration of the Life of Rita Joe

Autobiography, Poetry, Traditional Stories, Essays

$21.95 224 pages 6" x 9" Trade Paperback

Pottersfield Press - ISBN 978-897426-29-6

Published - Fall of 2011

It has been 14 years since the landmark publication of the first volume of The Mi’kmaq Anthology, a project initiated by Rita Joe. Mi’kmaq culture continues to thrive in Atlantic Canada and this new volume brings together many new as well as familiar writers from the Mi’kmaq community. Included are essays on culture, history, and spirituality, as well as autobiography, traditional stories and poetry in this unique volume.

Contributors include Daniel N. Paul, Patricia Doyle-Bedwell, Lindsay Marshall, Cathy Martin, Mary Louise Martin, Clint Gould, Robert Bernard, Laura Johnson, Clayton Paul, Denise Larocque, Shalan Joudrey, Peter Julien and Charles Doucette among others. Also included are poems from Rita Joe.

The collection is informative, varied and spirited. It includes a variety of powerful voices on many subjects and is intended to be a celebration of the life of poet, Rita Joe who encouraged many people from her extended community to write and bring forward their poetry and stories. Rita Joe was born in Whycocomagh in 1932 and received the Order of Canada for her writing and contribution to Canadian culture. Before her death in 2007, she published several important books of poetry and inspired many younger Mi’kmaq authors.

Edited by Theresa Meuse, Lesley Choyce and Julia Swan

Theresa Meuse is the former chief of Bear River First Nation and has worked in various jobs with Mi’kmaq organizations. She is an educator and advisor and author of a children’s book titled The Sharing Circle. Lesley Choyce is the publisher of Pottersfield Press, an English instructor in Dalhousie University’s Transition Year Program and the author of a number of books. Julia Swan is an editor with Pottersfield Press and teaches English at Dalhousie University.

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