Sina Queyras was born on land belonging to the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and grew up on the road on Anishinabe, Ininew, Oji-Cree, Dene, Dakota, (Winnipeg), Kootenai (Kaslo), and the Ts’msyen (Tsimshian) territory of the Kitsumkalum & Kitselas (Terrace) among other places. They have also lived and studied on Salish, Musqueam, Semiahmoo, (Vancouver, Surrey) Snuneymuxw, Quw’utsun and Tla’Amin (Vancouver Island), Anishnabeg, Chippewa, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat First Nations (Toronto), Lenape (Brooklyn), Lenni-Lenape (New Jersey) & Lenape (Philadelphia). Currently they live in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal).
While living in New York, Queyras edited an anthology of Canadian poetry designed as an introduction to Canadian poetry, and for those coming to poetry. You can order Open Field here. They also co-curated belladonna, an innovative women’s reading series.
As well as writing and teaching they curate Writers Read and have hosted a range of writers as diverse as Lydia Davis, Rae Armantrout, Tanya Tagaq, Renee Gladman, Claudia Rankine and Dionne Brand. Queyras created the literary blog Lemon Hound which began as a single voice blog and has, over the years, opened up to new voices as guest bloggers and editors. They published Unleashed, a selection of writing from the blog, in 2010. A list of blog posts for Poetry Foundation’s Harriet here.
Queyras does not recommend investing in grad schools without doing your homework. You can contact them at squeyras (@) gmail.com
Their work can be found online at the Poetry Foundation, and internationally in journals and online.