Francine Cunningham is an award-winning Indigenous writer, artist, and educator born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. 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. Her first book of poetry titled ON/me is out now with Caitlin Press and has been nominated for a 2020 BC & Yukon Book Prize, a 2020 Indigenous Voices Award, and The 2021 City of Vancouver Book Award.
Francine was the first place winner of the 2019 Indigenous Voices Award in the Unpublished Prose English category, winner of Grain Magazine's 2018 Short Forms Fiction Contest, short-listed for the 2018 The New Quarterly Review's Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest, short-listed for The Malahat Review's 2019 Far Horizon's Short Fiction Award, one of the 2017 Hnatyshyn Foundation’s REVEAL Indigenous Art Award winners, and a recipient of a 2017 Telus StoryHive Grant for a web-series.
Francine has written for the APTN television show THAT'S AWSM! and is currently working on other script work and hopes to delve deeper in to the world of writing for the screen.
Her fiction has appeared in The Malahat Review, Joyland Magazine, The Puritan Magazine, and others. Her short fiction has also appeared in The Best Canadian Fiction 2021, and her first collection of short stories, 'God Isn't Here Today' is forthcoming with Invisible Press in May 2022 and is a collection of stories that capture the speculative, horror, and the unreal.
Her poetry has appeared in Echolocation Magazine, Litro Magazine, Poetry is Dead, Hamilton Arts and Letters, The Maynard and more. She is also a recipient of the CV2 Lina Chartrand Poetry Award.
Her creative non-fiction has appeared in The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly Review, the anthology 'Boobs: women explore what it means to have breasts' (Caitlin Press), The 2017 Best Canadian Essays, and more.
Francine currently spends her time travelling across Canada to different First Nations reserves working with Indigenous youth teaching writing and visual art workshops with an aim of getting students to create art that is inspired by their lives and the natural beauty around them.
To find out more about Francine's literary travelling artist life check out her Instagram @FrancineCunningham .