Epekwitk – Mi’kmaq Poetry from Prince Edward Island

The highly anticipated debut poetry collection of Mi’kmaq poems by Prince Edward Island’s Poet Laureate, Julie Pellisier-Lush.

This collection will enthral poetry lovers. Skilled at taking words from hearts and minds to paper, Julie’s poems will connect with the reader deeply. Some poems were created with teachings from our Elders and some were created to learn more about the art of words.

At times heart wrenching and other times a call to action for Mother Earth, each poignant poem is paired with vivid artwork crafted by the poet herself.

Take what you like, use what you need, most of all enjoy.

Julie Pellissier-Lush is a Mi’kmaw storyteller, photographer, actor, drummer, best-selling author, and the first Indigenous Poet Laureate for PEI. Through her books, songs, poetry and other creative pursuits, Julie celebrates and shares the powerful stories of the Mi’kmaq on PEI. Amongst her many accomplishments, Julie helped script the play ‘Mi’kmaq Legends’, which has been performed countless times over the past 12 years across the Island. 

At her essence, Julie is a cultural teacher and knowledge keeper. She finds inspiration from her elders, as they bravely share their stories, and from today’s courageous youth who are embracing and celebrating their rich culture. Her five children serve as her greatest inspiration and enduring reason for getting up each day to teach, sing, and create in celebration of her Mi’kmaw roots. 

The multi-talented, heart-centred artist’s contributions to the Mi’kmaw community and PEI have not gone unnoticed. She is the recipient of the Queens Jubilee Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Senators 150 Medal. Born in Summerside, Julie spent her childhood living in provinces all across Canada, including time spent living on Lennox Island and in Dundas. Today, Julie resides near Charlottetown with her husband, Rick, her five children, and her granddaughter, Miah.

Julie’s books are available for purchase through local bookstores, as well as online at Indigo and Amazon. Her plays continue to grow in popularity and are featured in various festivals and stand-alone productions across Atlantic Canada. Julie is currently writing a new ghost storybook with the Elders of PEI as well as two children’s books. 

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