My name is Billy-Ray Belcourt and I am from the Driftpile Cree Nation in northwestern Alberta. I am a PhD student in the Department of English & Film Studies and my research explores how Indigenous artists, poets, and filmmakers render that which exceeds or escapes the murderous character of settler-colonial law, norms of belonging, and modes of public thought. I hold a BA (Hons.) in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta and an MSt in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford, where I tenured a Rhodes scholarship. I will be of particular use to those who are taking classes in the humanities and social sciences. I pay close attention to argumentation, syntax, grammar, writing style, and structure, all of which can make or break an essay.
I am also a poet and I was named one of 10 “Indigenous writers to read right now” by VICE in 2017. My debut collection of poems, THIS WOUND IS A WORLD, will be published in Sept. 2017 by Frontenac House. This is to say that I can also provide feedback for assignments that allow for one to write creatively.