Empty Spaces


  • Jordan Abel University of Alberta


This submission is the concluding piece of the author's book, which is a revision of his doctoral thesis. It announces a new generation of Indigenous critics, and it asks for (and brings into being) new directions in Indigenous studies. In the book, the author says the defining fact about his life is that he is an intergenerational survivor of residential schools. It could described as research creation, it could also be described as a bio-text, bio-fiction, creative nonfiction, auto-fiction, or autobiography… For Ariel he has changed the title to Empty Spaces.

Author Biography

Jordan Abel, University of Alberta

Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from Vancouver. He is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize). Abel’s latest project NISHGA (forthcoming from McClelland & Stewart in 2020) is a deeply personal and autobiographical book that attempts to address the complications of contemporary Indigenous existence and the often invisible intergenerational impact of residential schools. Abel recently completed a PhD at Simon Fraser University, and is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta where he teaches Indigenous Literatures and Creative Writing. 






Part III: Extraction and Reclamation