Episode 38: Marc Lynch interviews Tenille Campbell

Sep 14, 2022

Marc Herman Lynch interviews Tenille K. Campbell, a Dene and Métis poet and photographer from English River First Nation. They discuss decolonizing sex practices, the longstanding effects of the Indian Act, and the ethics of writing about people we know.


Marc Herman Lynch is a mixed-race writer, currently doing a PhD student at the University of Calgary and presiding as president of filling Station magazine. Each summer he works with the creative team at Wordsworth Youth Writing Camp to teach young writers. He resides in Moh’kins’tsis, otherwise known as Calgary, in Treaty 7 Territory, Alberta. His debut novel, Arborescent, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2020.

Tenille K Campbell is a Dene/Métis author from English River First Nation in Northern Saskatchewan. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and is enrolled in her PhD program at University of Saskatchewan. Her newest poetry collection, Nedí Nezu(Arsenal Pulp Press, 2021) is an exploration of the beautiful space that being a sensual Indigenous woman creates in life, in relationships, in the land. Her inaugural poetry book, #IndianLovePoems (Signature Editions, 2017) is an award-winning collection of poetry that focuses on Indigenous Erotica – using humour and storytelling to reclaim and explore ideas of Indigenous sexuality. She is also the artist behind sweetmoon photography and the co-creator of the blog, tea&bannock.

Show notes:

04:33 Marc references the interview of Geraldine King & tenille k campbell on love and relationality.
05:03 Tenille provides her views on the beauty of not labelling
17:42 Marc and Tenille discuss Kim TallBear’s concept of critical polyamory
18:27 TallBear’s Blog
23:20 nedi nezu (Good Medicine)
24:40 Louise Halfe
25:43 Tenille talks about the effects of the Indian Act on Indigenous peoples when making decisions regarding choosing partners and starting families.
28:37 The discussion of “Indigenous Academia” and the criticism of academia in general.
34:58 Tennille Campbell’s blog
35:09 A Life Built Together
35:26 Tenille explores how she uses a combination of art forms to tell a story
38:25 Conversation about the Indigenous Desire Project
44:21 The protocols and ethics of writing poetry about people we know
46:05 Paul Seesequasis

TIA House recognizes the generous support of the Canada Research Chairs program and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. We also appreciate the support of the Faculty of Arts and the Department of English at the University of Calgary, where our offices are housed, as well as the guidance of Marc Stoeckle at the Taylor Family Digital Library.

TIA House is run by Larissa Lai, Shuyin Yu, Ryan Stearne, Shazia Ramji, Rebecca Geleyn, Mikka Jacobsen, Benjamin Ghan, Amy LeBlanc, Marc Lynch, and Mahmoud Ababneh.
Our Intro/Outro music is Monarch of the Streets by Loyalty Freak Music, accessed from the Free Music Archive.

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