Joseph Dandurand is a member of Kwantlen First Nation located on the Fraser River about twenty minutes east of Vancouver, BC. He resides there with his three children. Dandurand is the director of the Kwantlen Cultural Centre and the author of severalbooks of poetry including The East Side of It All (Nightwood Editions, 2020), shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. His first children’s book was The Sasquatch, the Fire and the Cedar Baskets (Nightwood Editions, 2020). In 2021, Dandurand received the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.