Karen Lee White
"My writing is my Medicine."
I never felt at home anywhere. Writing takes me where I have not been.
A twice Banff Centre of the Arts alumni, I was thrilled to be celebrated by the Hnatyshyn Foundation alongside my former Indigenous Emerging Writer Program faculty. Home is Victoria, BC where I serve as a Senior Advisor for the British Columbia Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation; mostly writing.
A first play Satan and Jesus do Chinatown sold out in 2015 with an all Aboriginal cast. Mohawk Air was commissioned and played to full houses in 2017 for ‘Sparkfest’. The body of my work includes a short story collection, full-length play A Conspiracy of Ravens, and seven novels, published in literary journals, an Indigenous compilation, and ezines.
Inspiration comes from years in the deep silence among the Tlingit-Tagish people in the wild landscape of the Yukon. Three years among the Shona of Zimbabwe filled me with joy, rhythm and life. My teachings, all I witnessed, lives in the writing. My Northern Salish, Duklaweidi, Tuscarora, Chippewa and Scots skin, blood and bones lie right there in the pages. Home is there. In the words.