a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
I am drawn to the river, whether I’m on the unceded land of the Treaty 7 people where I now live as an uninvited settler, on the territories of the Sylix Nation where my family’s livelihood depends on rivers and land, or visiting my birthplace, the land of five rivers: Punjab. The river is more than a body of water for my people: it is a place of gathering, the site of worship and ceremony, a source of survival, and a resting place for the dead. My ancestors live in the slow-moving perennial rivers that criss-cross the arid plains of Punjab, while my sister rests in the Fraser River and my father in the Okanagan River. Perhaps that is what calls me to the river, the continuous ebb and flow of their spirits.
Moni Brar (she/her) was born in the land of five rivers (Punjab) and raised in northern British Columbia on the land of the Tse’Khene peoples. She has multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net and was the recipient of the 2022 Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee Medal and the 2022 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award. Her creative work has received awards from PRISM, Grain, Room, The Fiddlehead, and The Ex-Puritan and appears in Best Canadian Poetry, The Literary Review of Canada, Hobart, and Passages North. She believes art contains the possibility of healing.