“Hickies. Messy hair. Fry bread and sticky syrup. And the laughter – that giggling behind your hand, head tossed back, clapping your hands kind of laughter. These are the stories that you tell on Sunday morning about what happened Saturday night.
Covering Indigenous adventures from Walpole Island to Northern Saskatchewan to the coast of Vancouver, #IndianLovePoems is a poetry collection that delves into the humour and truths of love and lust within Indigenous communities. Sharing stories in search of The One, or even better, that One-Night-Stand – this collection fearlessly sheds light on the sharing and honesty that comes with discussions of men, women, sex, and relationships, using humour to chat about the complexities of race, culture and intent within relationships.
From discovering your own John Smith to sharing sushi in bed, #IndianLovePoems will make you smile, shake your head, and remember your own stories about that special someone.”
“Tenille Campbell is reclaiming Indigenous body, heart and sexuality. These love poems are naked, bold and unashamed. They are birds taking flight over clear waters, wolves running wild and howling desire at the full moon; they are the northern lights dancing in the night sky.”
“Her free, unashamed one-night stands counteract the patriarchal colonial discourse that disparages overtly sensual women—especially women of colour.”
– Sylvie Vranckx,
// Jan 2018
“Campbell’s work is raw, sensual, and political as she moves her readers through a world of campfires, bars, band office, and back-seat sex.”
– Jónína Kirton,
// Fall 2017
Winner of the Rasmussen, Rasmussen and Charowsky Indigenous Peoples' Writing Award
Winner of the O'Reilly Insurance and The Co-operators First Book Award
Shortlisted for the Indigenous Voices Award for Most Significant Work of Poetry in English by an Emerging Indigenous Writer.
Shortlisted for Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher
“Fresh off a breakup, Tenille Campbell’s new poetry collection #IndianLovePoems looks at love and sex in Indigenous community.”
// Feb 2017
“From bannock bums to hickeys, to one-night-stands and dating white men, there are few things that are off limits in Tenille Campbell’s poetry.”
// July 2017
+available for workshops in writing + photography
+available for public speaking (I'm funny, trust me)
-but not available for MC-ing bc I'm not that funny