“During the colonization of central and western Canada, the British crown and then the Government of Canada created a series of numbered treaties which became the “legal” basis for the take-over of First Nations’ land. These elaborate legal documents were poorly explained, poorly translated, rarely understood, and signed by representatives of the government and First Nations groups. Depending on the time period, most of the First Nations and Metis assembled at the treaty signings could neither read nor write English and would sign their names with an X. If a signatory did not know how to make an X, an X was drawn for them and a signer was told, simply, to touch the pen. When I pick up a pen, this is what I think about.” – Shane Rhodes

Shane Rhodes has been writing and publishing poetry for over fifteen years. His first book, The Wireless Room, won the 2000 Alberta Book Award for Poetry. His second and third books, Holding Pattern and The Bindery, each won the Lampman Poetry Award (the award was also called, at one time, the Lampman Scott Award until, starting with Shane, poets refused to accept the money associated with Duncan Campbell Scott). Shane’s poetry is also featured in the anthologies Breathing Fire II, Seminal: Canada’s Gay Male Poets, Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008 and 2011, and Best Gay Poetry 2008.

Shane’s last book, Err, was published by Nightwood Editions in Spring 2011.