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about diana

Diana Hope Tegenkamp is a queer Métis disabled writer, filmmaker and video performance artist who lives and creates on Treaty 6 Territory, Homeland of the Métis.

Diana’s writing has appeared in CV2, Grain, Matrix, Queen Street Quarterly Review, Moosehead Anthology, Slingshot and Tessera.


Diana's first poetry book, Girl running, completed with Canada Council for the Arts and Saskatchewan Arts Board grants, was published in Fall 2021 by Thistledown Press. Girl running was nominated for an Indigenous Voices Award and two Saskatchewan Book Awards.

"Birthmark" and "Motherfield," two poems from Girl running, were longlisted for the 2020 CBC Poetry Prize  and excerpts from Girl running will be included in the forthcoming Indigenous Voices Awards Anthology (Spring, 2023).

Diana's poem, "My father as rhythm in lake water," received second prize in the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Prize, and was published in the 2021 summer issue of Prairie Fire magazine.

In Search of my Métis Father, Diana's second, in-process poetry manuscript, about her father, Métis political activist Don Nielson, is supported by a Canada Council for the Arts Research and Creation Grant and a Marian Hebb Research Grant.

UNMUTE: Warmups for Body Vocality, a video performance piece, showed as part of SLANT's 2021 Writing Bodies event.

all the words I couldn't say, a film poem, based on a poem by Nicole Brossard, was an Official Selection in the Berlin International Art Film Festival and the Toronto International Women's Festival monthly editions and the Montreal Independent Film Festival seasonal edition. 

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