Billy-Ray Belcourt (Winner, Published Poetry in English) is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a PhD student in the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta. His debut collection of poems, This Wound is a World (Frontenac House), won the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize and the 2018 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize. It was a finalist for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry, the 2018 Raymond Souster Award, and the 2018 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. His sophomore book, NDN Coping Mechanism: Notes from the Field, was published in the fall of 2019 with House of Anansi Press.