On Monday, October 16th, as a special seminar from the departments of Geography and English here at the University of Victoria, all are welcome to the Ceremonial Hall of the First Peoples House from 2:30-4PM for snacks provided by Songhee’s catering and coffee and tea while Jess Housty – a Heiltsuk parent, writer, and community organizer – joins us for a reading and Q&A related to their debut collection of poetry – Crushed Wild Mint.
Crushed WIld Mint is a collection of poems embodying love, land, and ancestral wisdom, deeply rooted to the poet’s motherland and their experiences as a parent, herbalist and careful observer of the patterns and power of their territory. Jess Housty grapples with with natural and the supernatural, transformation and the hard work of living that our bodies are doing – held by mountains, by oceans, by ancestors and by the grief and love that come with communing.
Copies are available for purchase at the University of Victoria Bookstore or online through Nightwood Editions.
Praise for Crushed Wild Mint
“Housty’s hyperlocality is precise medicine, an expansive, generous meditation on the mutual care of mountains, the fogiving veins of rivers, all the liminal territories and beings soaked in the verdant magic of the Pacific Northwest coast.”
– Eden Robinson