MOLLY CROSS-BLANCHARD is a white and Métis poet, writer, and editor born on Treaty 3 (Fort Frances, ON), raised on Treaty 6 (Prince Albert, SK), and currently living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, cka Vancouver. She is the former poetry editor of PRISM international, the former publisher of Room, and currently teaches Creative Writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. In service to the writing community, Molly serves as the Indigenous Advocate on the National Council for TWUC, sits on the Board of Directors at Asparagus Magazine, and consults on the Equity Advisory Committee at the BC Arts Council.
Molly has a BA in English from the University of Winnipeg and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her work has appeared in Room, CV2, The Malahat Review, Arc Poetry, Geist, The Ex-Puritan, Canthius, Grain, Quill & Quire, ndn country, and others. Molly’s poetry chapbook is I Don’t Want to Tell You (Rahila’s Ghost Press, 2018) and her debut full-length book of poetry is Exhibitionist (Coach House Books, 2021), which was shortlisted for the ReLit Award for Poetry and longlisted for the Fred Cogswell Award. Her poem “First Contact: Métis” was shortlisted for a 2022 National Magazine Award.
Molly’s areas of creative interest are intersectional feminism, shame, sexuality, body image, anxiety and depression, pop culture, Indigenous sovereignty and joy, and romantic love.