JONINA KIRTON is a Red River Métis/Icelandic poet, author, facilitator and manuscript consultant. A graduate of the Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio she received the 2016 Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for an Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category. Her first collection of poetry, page as bone ~ ink as blood, was published in 2015 with Talonbooks. Her second book, An Honest Woman, again with Talonbooks, was a finalist in the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She has worked as substantive poetry editor with At Bay Press. Her interest in the stories of her Métis and Icelandic ancestors is the common thread throughout much of her writing.