Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Treaty One territory, the heart of the Métis nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses Company) won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her novel, The Break (House of Anansi) was bestseller in Canada and won multiple awards, including the 2017 Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Her second book of poetry, river woman (House of Anansi) was released in the fall of 2018. She is also the author of the children's picture book series, The Seven Teachings Stories (Highwater Press) and the young adult graphic novel series, A Girl Called Echo (Highwater Press). And, along with a whole team of talented filmmakers, she co-wrote and co-directed the short doc, this river (NFB) which won the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Short and the coup de coeur at the Montreal's First Peoples Festival. Vermette lives with her family in a cranky old house within skipping distance of the temperamental Red River.