Brigette writes and performs poems and plays. Her first play, penned at fifteen, was nominated for the Harry Rintoul Best New Manitoba Play award. Now 21 years old, Brigette has three plays under her belt. Her one-woman show, She Rules with Iron Sticks, received rave reviews on the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit. She was granted a Zonta Theatre Arts award for her achievements in theatre. After taking courses in Creative Writing at the University of Ottawa, she is working on two major projects: a book of radical fairy tales for her nephew, and a co-authored chapbook, Pumpkin tops for party hats. Brigette also writes non-fiction, from an exposé in Guerilla Magazine to opinion editorials in the Winnipeg Free Press. In February 2011, she will be the foreign correspondent for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives at the World Social Forum in Dakar, and published in The Monitor. She has undertaken research on the effects of family re-unification policy on Palestinian refugees for a book, conducted field research on Alternative Development in Bolivia, as well as published participatory research on Aboriginal childcare in Winnipeg’s inner city.
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published in Bywords.ca May 2011