Rosanna Deerchild

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Rosanna Deerchild is Cree from South Indian Lake, Manitoba. She is a broadcaster and writer living and working in Winnipeg. Rosanna has been working in the industry for 20 years including APTN, CBC radio, The Winnipeg Sun, Global and a variety of Aboriginal newspapers. She currently works at NCI-FM, Manitoba’s premier Indigenous radio station, as an on-air personality. Rosanna began hosting a new radio show this past October called Unreserved, inviting listeners into the circle of Indigenous story.

Rosanna is also an accomplished poet, with her work appearing in a number of literary magazines including Prairie Fire and CV2. Her work is anthologized in Post-Prairie: An Anthology of New Poetry (Talonbooks, 2005) and Strong Women Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival (Sumach Press, 2003), Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (Portage & Main Press, 2011) and The Winter We Danced (ARP, 2014).

Her first book of poetry, this is a small northern town was published in fall 2008 by The Muses Company (J. Gordon Shillingford). It won the 2009 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/prix Lansdowne de poésie. Rosanna is a co-founder and member of the Indigenous Writers Collective, which has produced two chapbooks and collections, a spoken word CD, Red City and continues to meet, read and rabble rouse in Winnipeg.


he draws us out
of dirt roads and rez houses
traces us out of the land
five paper Indians
cut carefully   and folded
in his pocket

pastes our thin bodies
along cement lines of small town
keeps us in box houses
flower print dresses   suits
uncomfortable on brown skin
hard leather shoes hurt
feet ache for moseyed

propped up with church steeples
nickel mine smoke stack\pinned down with the sharp
looks of good people
at church dinners he jokes
he went up north to hunt
a moose and got five
laughter tinkles
like cutlery on glass

our spirits squeezed
until we are like bible pages
transparent against the light

  • Rosanna Deerchild from this is a small northern town, J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing 2008