When not working at her day job, this Métis writer can usually be found tapping the keys of her sticker-covered laptop, crafting her latest bewitching tale. Amber’s short stories, “Life’s Nectar” and “Forevermore,” can be found in the Amazon number one best-selling anthology, Above and Beneath. Her winning 2019 Kemosa scholarship submission, “Howling at the Moon,” is published as a stand-alone short story and within the anthology Undeath by Chocolate and her 2022 Kemosa Scholarship submission, “Spirit Bead,” recently took second place in the annual Writers’ Guild of Alberta contest. Her other published short stories include “Time Ryder,” “The Arcane Protector,” and “The Gift.” She blames her degree in psychology for her evil, twisted plot lines that torment readers into binge-reading her tales long into the wee hours of the morning.
Amber holds a Creative Writing Certificate from the University of Calgary Faculty of Continuing Education and is currently attending the University of British Columbia, working towards an MFA in creative writing. In 2021, she won a spot in the Audible Indigenous Writers’ Circle program with her essay “Picking Up the Crumbs,” which then made the shortlist for The Malahat Review’s 2021 Constance Rooke CNF Prize. In April 2022, she joined the University of Calgary Faculty of Continuing Education creative writing instructor team for a term as an Indigenous Writing Instructor for their Writing 500 course.
When she’s not writing, she paints, beads, and creates works of art. Her painting, “A Reason to Celebrate,” was displayed in the Indigenous Motherhood and Matriarchy curated art show, and her tapestry “Remnants” was part of the From the Land: Indigenous Ecological Art for a New Era exhibit. In the recent Mino-Pimatisiwin: Reclaiming the Good Life photography exhibition, her photographs, “Métis Medicines” and “Learning to Bead,” were displayed at the Grand in downtown Calgary as part of the curated collection.
During the day, Amber is the Executive Director of a national Indigenous-led charity where she organizes opportunities for Indigenous high school students to work with university professors in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. She assists the Indigenous Editors Association on their initiatives in her spare time and currently sits on their board of directors.
Amber is a proud citizen of the Métis Nation of Alberta and lives in Cochrane, Alberta, with her husband, two kids, and infamous black cats. Even though the mischievous felines have taken over her house, this writer isn’t afraid of crossing their path and conjuring up a new tale or two.
Amber Boyd is represented by Rachel Letofsky at Cooke McDermid Literary Management.
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