The Red Files is inspired by family and archival sources, Lisa Bird-Wilson assembles scraps of a history torn apart by colonial violence. The poetry collection takes its name from the federal government's complex organizational structure of residential schools archives, which are divided into black files and red files. In vignettes clear as glass beads, her poems offer affection to generations of children whose presence within the historic record is ghostlike, anonymous and ephemeral.
Lisa Bird-Wilson is a Cree-Metis writer from Saskatchewan and is the author of Just Pretending.
Longlisted title on the 2017 First Nation Communities Read program.