Chelene Knight

Chelene Knight is a native of Vancouver and a graduate of The Writers Studio at Simon Fraser University. Her father’s family was forced to flee from Uganda when the Indic or Asian peoples were expelled in the 1970s. Her mother is African American. Knight is currently the Managing Editor at Room Magazine. She is at work on a novel set in the Strathcona neighbourhood of Vancouver in the 1950s.


Braided Skin

Toronto: Mother Tongue Publishing, 2015.
9th floor PS8621 .N53 B73 2015

Publisher’s Synopsis

Braided Skin … is the vibrant telling of experiences of mixed ethnicity, urban childhood, poverty and youthful dreams through various voices. Knight writes a confident rhythm of poetry, prose and erasure by using the recurring image of braiding–a different metaphor than “mixing,” our default when speaking the language of race.



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