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Francine McCabe is a mixed-blood Anishinaabe writer, fibre artist, and organic master gardener from Batchewana First Nation, living on the unceded traditional territory of the Stz’uminus First Nation with her partner and two sons. She holds a degree in Creative Writing from Vancouver Island University. She is an active member of the Vancouver Island Fibreshed network and has recently joined the Guild of Canadian Weavers. She is the past recipient of the Mary Garland Coleman Prize in Lyrical Poetry and was awarded the 2014 Pat Bevan Scholarship for Creative Writing. Her writing has appeared in Portal Magazine, CV Collective, and FOLKLIFE.

“The winner of this award is a poet often at sea, in deep waters, but who is never lost because she navigates, reflectively, by the stars.” –Marilyn Bowering.


  • Our Canadas, My truth: Eden Robinson on Storytelling in a Divided Nation. Nanaimo: Portal, 2015. Print/Web.

  • Crossing the Hecate Strait. Nanaimo: Portal, 2015. Print/Web.

  • Scales. Nanaimo: Portal, 2015. Print/Web.

  • Isolated Circumstances. Comox Valley: CV Collective, 2015. Print/Web.

  • Weaving A Way Back To Writing. Salt Spring Island: FOLKLIFE, 2023. Print.

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