Hello, everyone. My name is Kimberley Wilde. Here are some things you might like to know about me.
My family has settler (Irish, Welsh, Scots, English) roots in Saskatchewan (Moosomin) and Alberta (Cyprus Hills), and one Anishinaabe-French root in Ontario.I have lived in Manitoba for almost 40 years, and many other places before that – Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Haida Gwaii, Colville Lake – Sahtu region, NT. I have a wonderful son who is 33, and is my light. He has a great sense of humor, and is a very good writer.
I have a master’s degree in Native Studies from U of M, having worked (ok, really we spent a lot of time in coffee shops visiting) with Omushkego Elder and storyteller Louis Penninshish (Bird). I love stories, and Louis. His story is way more interesting than mine. I worked as the office manager at the Department of Native Studies for many years. I have most recently worked as Project Coordinator for another big SSHRC grant held by dr. peter kulchyski: Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas. With this grant, I had the opportunity to travel to Montreal, New York, Santiago (Chile), and Mexico City, and meet some very lively and interesting people.
In the photo, I am standing under a tree in Montreal writing a poem in the voice of the tree, about what it is like to have someone stand beneath the branches and write a poem. My hair is longer now.