Francine Cunningham is an Indigenous writer, artist and educator originally from Calgary, Alberta, but who currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. Francine is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing from The University of British Columbia. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from UBC. Francine was a participant in the 2014 Indigenous Writing Studio at the Banff Arts Centre and placed second in the 2014 Our Story: Aboriginal Arts and Stories contest. She was also one of the 2017 Hnatyshyn Foundation’s REVEAL Indigenous Art Award winners.
Her creative non-fiction has appeared in The Malahat Review, the anthology Boobs: women explore what it means to have breasts (Caitlin Press) and more. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Joyland Magazine, The Puritan magazine, Echolocation Magazine, Hamilton Arts and Letters, The Maynard and more. Her choose your own adventure story The Slips appeared as part of the 2015 Active Fiction Project set on the streets of East Vancouver and is now available as an e-book from The Vancouver Public Library.
Francine travels across Canada working with youth, mainly Indigenous youth, on how to combine their writing and artistic practice with issues surrounding their identity as youth in Canada today, teaching zine making workshops, and writing workshops. Currently she is one of the artists in residence with the Mikw Chiyam program and will be travelling to different remote northern communities in Quebec and British Colombia for six weeks at a time teaching the youth writing and art.