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Portrait of Gwen Benaway
(Photo courtesy of Gwen Benaway)

Poet Gwen Benaway wins Governor General's literary award

October 29, 2019

Gwen Benaway, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto’s Women and Gender Studies Institute, has taken home a Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry. 

Benaway was recognized for Holy Wild, her third book of poetry that explores the intersection of Indigenous and trans identities through an autobiographical narrative. 

A transgender woman of Anishinaabe and Métis descent, Benaway studies queerness, colonialism, storytelling, transgender history and Indigenous perspectives on gender and sexuality. 

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