Kooji launches book at Hamilton Native Centre

This past Saturday the Hamilton Women’s Native Centre hosted the book launch of Anishnabe author Laura Kooji (Ozhaawashkozi Anang Kwe|).Laura grew up and resides around Caledonia/Hamilton area.”Laura Kooji stated “that her book No Rainbow and other poems reclaims queer Indigenous love with letters to the broken hearted. For those times when it seems hope is lost, ‘No Rainbow’ quietly with love letters penned to queer and indigenous loves, the land and the broken hearted. Kooji presents alternatives through imagination transcends survival and moves towards places where queer Indigenous people can thrive in community and love.”

Certain select poems in the book are translated into Anishnabe language and Cree font/ language to include a cultural presence and connected identity. Laura’s Anishnabe roots stem from Nipissing First Nation with the Redtailed Hawk clan.

Singer-songwriter Karonhhyawake Jeff Doreen from Tyendinaga mohawk territory performed for the launch. Laura and Jeff will be working on future recording projects together in the near future.

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