Through poems that move between two languages, Naomi McIlwraith explores the beauty of the intersection between nehiyawewin, the Plains Cree language, and English, akayasimowin. Written to honor her father's facility in nehiyawewin and her mother's beauty and generosity as an inheritor of Cree, Ojibwe, Scottish, and English, kiyam articulates a powerful yearning for family, history, peace, and love.
Naomi McIlwraith is an educator, poet, and essayist,with a mixed Cree, Ojibwe, Scottish, and English inheritance. Shecurrently works at Grant MacEwan University and has held instructionalpositions at the University of Alberta and The King's UniversityCollege.
"In a clear and engaging voice, McIlwraith provides an intriguing view of a woman and a writer navigating the pathways between the European literary tradition and the oral tradition of the First Nations and Métis, negotiating these two vastly different linguistic worlds."
-Jenna Butler, MacEwan University