About

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Lindsay Nixon is a Toronto-based Cree-Métis-Saulteaux SSHRC doctoral scholarship recipient and a McGill University Art History Ph.D. candidate studying Trans.NDN digital creators and things. They currently hold the position of Editor-at-Large for Canadian Art and served as the Arts and Literary Summit programmer for MagNet in 2019 and 2020. Nixon’s first book nîtisânak (Metonymy Press, 2018) won the prestigious 2019 Dayne Ogilive Prize and a 2019 Quebec Writer’s Federation first book prize, and has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and an Indigenous Voices Literary Award. Nixon is the co-founder of gijiit: a curatorial collective that focuses on community-engaged Indigenous art curations, gatherings, and research dealing with themes of gender, sex, and sexuality. They are a REVEAL Indigenous Art Award recipient, and have been awarded national Magazine Awards in the Essay category for “Stories Not Told” and in the Best-Editorial Package category for “#MeToo and the Secrets Indigenous Women Keep.” For their work as lead editor for the summer 2017 issue of Canadian Art, an issue on the theme of “Kinship,” they were also nominated for a National Magazine Award in the “Best Editorial Package” category. Nixon’s writing has appeared in The Walrus, Malahat Review, Room, GUTS, esse, Teen Vogue, CV2/Prairie Fire, The New Inquiry and other publications. 

Recent Academic Lectures

Invited lecturer, Yale University, “On Bodies: Indigenous (new) Feminist Art and its Aunties,” Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Art History (2018)

Invited lecturer, “The Prairie Wind is Gay Af: nîtisânak,” Vanier College English Symposium, Montreal (2018)

Invited lecturer, “The Prairie Wind is Gay Af: nîtisânak,” University of Manitoba Native Studies Colloquium, Winnipeg (2018)

Recent Lectureships

INDG 401 (Decolonizing Indigenous Nations), Indigenous Studies Program, Institute for the Study of Canada, McGill University

Selected Panel Moderations

“Kinship, Decolonial Love and Community Art Practice,” CROSSROADS: ART + NATIVE FEMINISM, The Feminist Art Project at College Art Association, February 18, 2017, Museum of Arts and Design, New York City. Featuring Dayna Danger, Marcella Ernest, Tarah Hogue and Lyncia Begay.

Selected Academic Publications

For a selection of Nixon’s academic publications please visit their Academia.edu profile

Selected Publicity

Catch a rising star: These Montreal artists are poised to start the decade with a splash,” Montreal Gazette

Our Favourite Things,” GUTS

The Two Spirits of Lindsay Nixon,” The Bridge with Nantali Indongo, CBC

Colonial patriarchal masculinity’ keeps #MeToo stories inside Indigenous communities,” CBC

5 Books to check out from our Close Up on Gender series,” CBC

The Indigenous renaissance was truly here in 2018—and it’s not going anywhere,” CBC

The Best Queer Books of 2018,” Book Riot

50 of the Best LGBT Books of 2018,” Autostraddle

The Value of Art Criticism” (for “Who Benefits from the Indigenous Art Biennial”), Hyperallergic

Billy-Ray Belcourt’s favourite Canadian book of 2018: nîtisânak by Lindsay Nixon,” CBC

2018 Best Books of the Year,” Writer’s Trust of Canada

Moving reconciliation beyond the buzzwords,” The Manitoban

The 10 best events at literary festival Naked Heart 2018,” NowToronto

25 works of creative nonfiction to watch for this fall,” CBC

Meet Indigenous authors and poets at Toronto’s 2018 Word on the Street,” CBC

Interview, This Magazine

Decolonial love: These Indigenous artists are taking back the self-love that colonialism stole,” CBC

#WOTSTalks InterviewWord on the Street Blog

Interview, At the Edge of Canada

I’m excited to bring new voices into the arena,” Concordia University