Edited by Joshua Whitehead
Estimated Release Date: October 2019
Page Count: 120
Size: 6 x 9
Age Range: Young Adult
What are the adventures that lie beyond the end of our world? In a perfect world, how do we grow? In an imperfect world, how do we resist?
Fantasy and sci-fi rarely imagine futures with Indigenous nations and cultures as they are today, preferring alien civilizations as subpar metaphors. Similarly, issues of gender fluidity are excused by being part and parcel of magical beings instead of human heroes.
In this collection of stories, we showcase a variety of stories by Indigenous authors imagining different possible futures of our world, told through the lens of the 2SQ (Two-Spirit & queer) heroes in the lead roles.
Stories range from epic adventures to vulnerable moments, with a backdrop of the fantastical but a focus on the personal. This collection will be edited and guided by Joshua Whitehead and features cover art by Alice RL.
This is a semi-sequel to Bedside Press’s award-winning Love Beyond Body, Space and Time.
- Nathan Adler (Wrist) is a writer and artist, who works in many different mediums, including audio, video, drawing & painting, as well as glass. He is a member of Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation.
- Gwen Benaway (Songs for the Dead) is a trans girl of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She has published two collections of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead and Passage, and her third collection, Holy Wild, is forthcoming from BookThug in 2018.
- Darcie Little Badger (Love Beyond Body, Space and Time) is a Lipan Apache writer, comic creator, and phytoplankton geneticist. Much like the plankton she studies, DLB drifts around, as if untethered to the land.
- David A. Robertson (When We Were Alone) is an award-winning writer. His books include When We Were Alone (Governor General’s Literary Award winner, McNally Robinson Best Book for Young People winner, TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award finalist) and the YA series The Reckoner. David educates as well as entertains through his writings about Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, reflecting their cultures, histories, communities, as well as illuminating many contemporary issues. David is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg.
- Mari Kurisato (Love Beyond Body, Space and Time) is the pen name for a disabled, LGBT QIA , tribally enrolled Cote First Nations Ojibwe woman who lives in Denver Colorado with her wife and son. She has written two self-published books, and her short fiction has appeared in MBRANE-SF and the Things We Are Not anthology.
- Rosanna Deerchild (Calling Down the Sky) has been storytelling for more than 20 years, most recently as host of CBC Radio One’s Unreserved, a show that shares the stories, music and culture of Indigenous Canada.
- Adam Garnet Jones (Cree/Métis/Danish) is a Two-Spirited screenwriter, director, beadworker and novelist from Edmonton Alberta. His award-winning films have toured the international film circuit from Toronto to L.A., Sydney, Berlin and Beijing. His first novel, Fire Song was published in the spring of 2018. Adam continues to explore his voice as a Two-Spirit writer, through screenplay, poetry, and literary fiction.
- Kai Minosh Pyle is a Métis and Sault Ste. Marie Nishnaabe 2spirit writer originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin and currently living in the Dakota people’s homelands in occupied Bde Ota Otunwe (Minneapolis, Minnesota). They are a PhD student at the University of Minnesota where they are studying Anishinaabe 2spirit history and literature as well as Michif-language oral history.
- Nazbah Tom was born and raised on the Navajo reservation. They currently live in Tkaronto with their wife and stepdaughter. They have been published in Turtle Island to Abya Yala: A Love Anthology of Art and Poetry by Native American and Latina Women. Their ongoing work includes a biospiritual allegorical play called Sacred Script that explores and deconstructs “dilbaa” the masculine presenting women of the Diné. They are also as working on a children’s book. They do their best to capture poems and short stories haunting them at all hours of the day.
- Jaye Simpson is an Oji-Cree Anishinaabe Two Spirit trans femme warrior whose roots hail from the Sapotaweyak and Skownan Cree Nation. jaye holds firm their rage about being a former youth in care, as well as a queer indigenous person and weaves it into poetry and prose. jaye also explores the magic, intimacy and vulnerability they encounter as a healing creature amongst other healing beings. jaye is a displaced indigenous person living, creating and occupying on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) First Nations territories.
- Gabriel Castilloux Calderón is a two spirit Mi’kmaq and Algonquin drummer and also a grass, jingle and buffalo dancer. They currently thrive in an isolated community in the Canadian arctic, with their future spouse, dancing in blizzards, teaching beadwork and sharing two spirit teachings with youth. Raised on a steady diet of comic books and traditional storytelling, Gabriel’s vivid imagination took them to other worlds to escape their traumatic environment. However, in reality, their greatest resistance is writing queer erotica fanfiction, radically unapologetic spoken word and dreaming up a dystopian comic book series about antiheroes taking down the government. Gabriel is actively involved in several different forms of traditional indigenous culture and ceremony and proudly celebrates an addiction free life.
- Joshua Whitehead (Giller nominated author of Jonny Appleseed) is an Oji-Cree, Two-Spirit storyteller and academic from Peguis First Nation on Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba.
- Alice RL is a nonbinary, Ojibawe illustrator and UX designer currently attending the Digital Media Design course at Red River College. They have an interest in presenting beautiful and emotional stories that are LGBT inclusive.