Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is a member of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, on the Saugeen Peninsula in Ontario. Kateri is an Assistant Professor, teaching Creative Writing, Indigenous Literatures and Oral Traditions in the English Department at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. She has taught creative writing and Indigenous literatures at the University of Manitoba, the Banff Centre’s Aboriginal Arts Program, and the En’owkin International School of Writing in partnership with the University of Victoria. Her publications encompass poetry, fiction, non-fiction, radio plays, television and film, libretti, graphic novels, and spoken word. Her teaching and creative work is firmly decolonial, a practice of cultural resurgence, affirmation and survivance. She is a recipient of a REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award for writing, her 2015 book of short stories, The Stone Collection, was a finalist for the Sarton Literary Book Awards, and her collaborative recording A Constellation of Bones was a nominee for a 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award. Kateri was the 2011-2012 Poet Laureate for Owen Sound and North Grey. She founded and coordinated the first Honouring Words: International Indigenous Authors Celebration Tour in 2003 and initiated and was a co-organizer for the first Indigenous Comics Symposium in 2021. She is the founder, publisher, and art director for Kegedonce Press. (Re)Generation: The Poetry of Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, selected and edited by Dallas Hunt, will be released in August 2021. She is currently completing work on a new collection of poetry and a collection of humourous short stories.
Renée’s clan is Wolf Clan from Oneida of the Thames. She lives in Owen Sound and is the proud mom of one adult son. She started working with Kegedonce Press in 1999 after leaving a position with the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition as executive director for over nine years. At that time Kegedonce Press was just beginning to build a publishing program guided by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm (Owner/Publisher) and establishing itself as an Indigenous publishing company. As Publishing Manager at Kegedonce, Renée was initially responsible for all areas of the company operations and this has since evolved with the addition of a Marketing Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. Often, especially when first getting started, Renée undertook additional contract positions that added to her experience. She has worked with the local art gallery as a freelance grant writer, volunteer coordinator and is a member of several community committees. Most of all, she is forever grateful that Kateri invited her to work with her as part of Kegedonce Press all those years ago. Renée is honoured to be part of the accomplishments that Kegedonce has achieved over the years as a small Indigenous press.
Christy joined Kegedonce Press in the winter of 2013. As the Administrative Assistant with responsibility for bookkeeping, her long career in various financial areas : Financial Institutions to Art Gallery to Publishing – fits well. In her spare time Christy loves to read and to work with women, who like herself, have worked hard to overcome some of life’s pitfalls. As to looking ahead – Who Knows!!!
Patricia lives and works in Chatsworth Ontario, Treaty 45 ½ territory on the lands of the Saugeen Ojibwe Nation, south of Owen Sound. She is from a settler background and has her PhD from Wilfrid Laurier University. She lives with her husband and their 100 lb Bouvier named Beauregard. She enjoys sewing, reading and writing and has worked as Kegedonce Press’s Marketing Coordinator since 2017.