Poet, writer, and professor Marilyn Dumont earned her BA from the University of Alberta and MFA from the University of British Columbia.
She freelanced for twenty years before taking on a professorship with the Faculty of Native Studies and the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta in 2016.
She is grateful to live and work in the territory of her ancestors: the Cree/Métis: Dufresne/Vaness and Dumont/ Boudreau/ Poitras kinship lines.
Her first collection of poetry, A Really Good Brown Girl (1996), won the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award from the League of Canadian Poets. This collection is in its fifteenth printing and a classic of Brick Books. Other collections include green girl dreams Mountains (2001- winner of the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for that year); that tongued belonging (2007), winner of the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year and Aboriginal Poetry Book of the Year; and The Pemmican Eaters (2015), which won the 2016 Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Stephan G. Stephansson Award.
2018, awarded a Lifetime Membership from the League of Canadian Poets for her contributions to poetry in Canada.
2019 awarded the University of Alberta, Distinguished Alumni Award
2019, awarded the Alberta Lieutenant Governor’s Distinguished Artist Award.
She is working on a collection of poetry centred on Indigenous history in Amiskwaciwashigan (Beaver Hills House) Edmonton