Visual Artist / Multimedia, Writing & Zines
Francine Cunningham is a mixed blood Indigenous writer, artist and educator originally from Calgary, Alberta but who currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. Francine is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing from The University of British Columbia. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from UBC. Francine was a participant in the 2014 Indigenous Writing Studio at the Banff Arts Centre and placed second in the 2014 Our Story: Aboriginal Arts and Stories contest. She works with youth, mainly Indigenous youth, on combining their writing and artistic practice with issues surrounding their identity as Indigenous youth in Canada today. Currently she is one of the artists who will be travelling to a northern Cree community for five weeks to teach the students zine making with the Mikw Chiyam program based in Quebec. Her creative non-fiction has appeared in The Malahat Review, and the anthology Boobs: women explore what it means to have breasts published by Caitlin Press. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in The Puritan, Echolocation Magazine, Hamilton Arts and Letters, The Maynard and more. Her choose your own adventure story The Slips appeared as part of the 2015 Active Fiction Project set on the streets of East Vancouver. She also sells her artist work as prints, zines, postcards and greeting cards in her Etsy Shop Demarcation Lines, where you can also find her handmade dream catchers, beadwork and jewellery.