Terese Marie Mailhot

2019 Blue Metropolis First Peoples Literary Prize; 2019 Whiting Foundation Fellow; 2019 Spalding Prize for the Promotion of Peace and Justice in Literature;
New York Times Bestseller; A New York Times Editor’s Choice; A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection


Photo credit: Mark Woodward

Photo credit: Mark Woodward


My work is an expression of where I’m from. I was rez raised, had kids young, married young, existed underneath all the stigmas and stereotypes, subverted them, and now I’m something else—a bestseller. I’m liberated, and I’ve liberated myself through art.


A sledgehammer . . . Her experiments with structure and language . . . are in the service of trying to find new ways to think about the past, trauma, repetition, and reconciliation, which might be a way of saying a new model for the memoir . . . If Heart Berries is any indication, the work to come will not just surface suppressed stories; it might give birth to new forms. —The New York Times

Sometimes a writer’s voice is so distinctive, so angry and messy yet wise, that her story takes on the kind of urgency that makes you turn pages faster and faster. Terese Marie Mailhot has one of those voices, and her memoir about being raised on a Canadian reservation and coming to understand what it means to be an indigenous person in modern times is breathtaking. —Esquire, 1 of 27 Most Anticipated Books of 2018

A luminous, poetic memoir. —Entertainment Weekly, 1 of 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2018

With gorgeous language and lyricism that never sacrifices honesty and realness, Heart Berries is a brilliant look into what it means to survive, heal, lose, and love. —Isaac Fitzgerald, TODAY, 1 of 10 Books Everyone Should Be Reading Right Now

This gut punch of a memoir . . . [is] essentially a love letter, full of humor and truth, to tough, challenging women everywhere. —Marie Claire

Mailhot fearlessly addresses intimately personal issues with a scorching honesty derived from psychological pain and true epiphany . . . Slim, elegiac, and delivered with an economy of meticulous prose, the book calibrates the author’s history as an abused child and an adult constantly at war with the demons of mental illness. An elegant, deeply expressive meditation infused with humanity and grace. —Kirkus Reviews

Sharp and scorching . . . It’s exciting to think that a person might be able to write their way out of seemingly insurmountable personal, cultural and historical trauma. It’s even more exciting to actually watch someone appear, at least partly, to do so . . . This unconventional epic should be part of the canon. —Chicago Tribune


Terese Marie Mailhot is from Seabird Island Band. She graduated with an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She served as Saturday Editor at The Rumpus and was a columnist at Indian Country Today. Her writing appears in West BranchGuernicaPacific StandardElle, and elsewhere. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Heart Berries: A Memoir. She serves as faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts and she's a Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow at Purdue University.