Adam Garnet Jones
Courtesy Adam Garnet Jones, photo by Walter Seggers
Adam Garnet Jones (Cree/Métis) is an Indigiqueer screenwriter, director, bead-worker and novelist from Edmonton Alberta.
Adam came into his own as a filmmaker with the release of his first feature, Fire Song, at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015. Fire Song went on to win the Audience Choice Award at ImagineNATIVE, before picking up three more audience choice awards and two jury prizes for best film at other festivals. Before going into production, the script for “Fire Song” won the Writer’s Guild of Canada’s Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize.
Adam has recently shifted his artistic practice away from writing and directing film and is focusing on writing fiction. His first novel, Fire Song (based on the film) was published in the spring of 2018. Publisher’s weekly called it “striking and remarkable” while the Globe and Mail said “Fire Song is unquestionably necessary . . . because of its subject matter, perspective and voice.” The book received a starred review from Kirkus, and was named an honour book from CODE’s Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Literature. It has topped innumerable "best of" lists of the year's LGBT YA literature in the US and Canada. This year, Adam has a story in the upcoming YA collection “Love After the End” edited by Joshua Whitehead.
Back in 2011, Adam Garnet Jones was a part of the group exhibition at The Power Plant named Coming After. Featuring artists from New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Toronto, and beyond, Coming After was a response to the recent renewal of interest in the period from the mid-1980s to early 1990s that was decisive for North American cultural politics.