Tomson Highway is a Cree from Brochet, a reserve in the extreme northwest corner of Manitoba. Two of his many plays, The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, which deal with reserve life, made him a national celebrity. Both plays won Dora Mavor Moore Awards and Floyd S. Chalmers Awards, and were nominated for Governor General's Awards. Highway was the Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts for six years. He holds three honourary degrees and is a member of the Order of Canada. He is currently working on Rose, a musical. Kiss of the Fur Queen is his first novel.