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Review Text from The Red Files

The Red Files takes us on a journey through mourning and grief, denial of history, demands for truths, and the curiosity for a history that has long been silenced, ultimately pressing on toward healing. It is an unsettling and beautiful read and Bird-Wilson tells her stories with ferocious grace.” —The Malahat Review

“Lisa Bird-Wilson eloquently weaves archival work and collected life stories into her debut poetry collection ... vivid and visceral...This sharp collection could be used to teach the more painful elements of Canadian history -- ones that our curriculum conveniently glosses over. The themes of reconcilliation, and how we continue to reconcile today, will remain with readers long after reading...Bird-Wilson’s first collection of poetry is sure to leave readers wanting more.” — Nashwa Khan, This Magazine