14. Phoenix Gets Greater
Phoenix Gets Greater
In conversation with Joshua Whitehead, Marty Wilson-Trudeau and Phoenix Wilson will talk about writing their picture book, Phoenix Gets Greater. They’ll also touch on what it means to be Two Spirit/Niizh Manidoowag and the importance of sharing their Anishinaabe culture.
For ages 9+
This session and all 2022 FOLD Kids Book Fest virtual sessions will be made available on-demand until December 12 with a virtual pass. Educators who register with a board pass code will continue to have access into the New Year.
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Phoenix Wilson is 16 years old and the co-writer of Phoenix Gets Greater, a story he is so grateful to be sharing.
Marty Wilson-Trudeau is the co-author of the book Phoenix Gets Greater along with her son Phoenix. She is an art/drama secondary teacher in Sudbury, Ontario.
Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-nêhiyaw, Two-Spirit member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of full-metal indigiqueer, Jonny Appleseed, and Making Love with the Land as well as the editor of Love after the End: an Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction. Currently, Whitehead teaches at the University of Calgary as an Assistant Professor of English and International Indigenous Studies.
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