carte blanche statement regarding Gwen Benaway, originally published via Twitter on June 16, 2020

“As a venue that has promoted and published Gwen Benaway’s work, we feel it is important to share the following call for accountability regarding discrepancies about Benaway’s Indigenous heritage:


We had been unaware of these claims until recently and take them seriously. We would like to extend our apologies to any Indigenous individuals and communities that have been directly hurt or affected by Benaway’s inconsistencies.

We are sorry for any harm that publishing and championing her work on our platform may have caused. We want to make space for those individuals who have been affected and we want to support them.

We can always do better and we hope that Benaway will take the time to address the concerns of the Indigenous and literary communities at large.” 

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Gwen Benaway & carte blanche – 2019 Best of the Net Anthology!

carte blanche would like to congratulate Gwen Benaway for having her nonfiction piece “Pussy” selected by juror Hanif Abdurraqib to appear in the 2019 Best of the Net Anthology!

Read Benaway’s reprinted winning piece “Pussy” here.

We are also pleased to note that Katherine Crocker’s nonfiction piece “Híyoge owísisi tánga itá (Cricket egg stories)” was listed as a finalist for Best of the Net.

Read Crocker’s piece from carte blanche here.

Congratulations to the winners, finalists, and nominees for the 2019 Best of the Net Anthology. We are thrilled at the opportunity to share our contributor’s work to new readers thanks to Sundress Publications.

Read the 2019 Best of the Net Anthology at the following link:

GwenBenawayAuthorPhotoGwen Benaway is a trans girl of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She is one of Canada’s most widely published trans writers with three collections of poetry and two forthcoming works: a collection of poetry, Aperture, and a collection of essays, trans girl in love, in 2020. She is a PhD student in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto and is always open to auditioning new Queer polyam feminist lovers.