Jana-Rae Yerxa is Anishinaabe from Couchiching, First Nation located in Treaty #3 Territory. Jana-Rae holds a Masters of Social Work degree from Lakehead University and a Master of Arts degree in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria. Writing has always served as a much-needed outlet for Jana-Rae. She has published academic and creative writing in addition to poetry, but poetry has always been her preferred style of expression. Currently Jana-Rae resides in Thunder Bay, ON where she is a professor and coordinator of the Aboriginal Community Advocacy Program at Confederation College.