Neal McLeod is half Cree (having grown up on the James Smith reserve in Saskatchewan) and half Swedish having had the fortunate opportunity to study abroad at the Swedish Art Academy at Umeå . Neal has exhibited his art work throughout Canada including in the
. The exhibition was remounted at the .
In addition to being a painter, he is also a curator: his latest project was as
which was organized by the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon Saskatchewan.
Neals first book of poetry entitled,
, was nominated for several Saskatchewan book awards including book of the year in 2005 and book of year at the Anskohk McNally Aboriginal Literature Awards. In 2007, he also published , which was nominated for book of the year at the Anskohk McNally Aboriginal Literature Awards. In the fall of 2008, he published his second book of poetry entitled .
He is currently editing a volume entitled
with Randy Lundy and Natasha Beeds. In addition he is working the following books: (novel), a collection of humourous short stories entitled , biography of Noel Starblanket, and .
He teaches Indigenous Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.