Shelley Banks

Shelley Banks, in Regina, SK, Canada.

Poet, editor, journalist, creative writer and photographer; poetry collection, Exile on a Grid Road (Thistledown Press).

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Reading at the Humboldt Gallery

When I was at the writing retreat in mid-February, I had the opportunity to read at the Humboldt District Gallery with other retreating writers.

The event marked the opening of an art exhibition by students of St. Peter’s College instructors, artists Clint Hunker and Grant McConnell, and included a reading by St. Peter’s College writing instructor, Barbara Langhorst.

And what a great idea, to blend visual and literary, images and words. (And song, too, from Tara.)

My thanks to the organizers, and to all who attended. (And to Caelan for taking a close-up shot of me before the readings began… We took many to test the lighting, and still faced challenges. Flash-free galleries can be fun…)

Reading at the Humboldt District Gallery: Barbara Langhorst, Shelley Banks and Bruce Rice; introductions by St. Peter's College art instructors (l&r) Grant McConnell and Clint Hunker; welcome by gallery representative (c).
Reading at the Humboldt District Gallery: Barbara Langhorst, Shelley Banks and Bruce Rice; introductions by St. Peter’s College art instructors (l&r) Grant McConnell and Clint Hunker; welcome by gallery representative (c).
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Writers David Carpenter and Tara Dawn Solheim (top), with Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild representative Caelan Reilly (bottom).

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Looking forward to reading tonight at Regina’s Vertigo Series!

I’m looking forward to reading tonight, Feb. 8, 2016, at the Vertigo Series in Regina, Saskatchewan! I’ll post some pix of the event on LatitudeDrifts.blogspot.ca later this week… For now, here’s the poster:

February 8, 2016: Regina, SK, reading
There are always talented writers reading and talented musicians playing at the Regina Vertigo Series. If you live in the city, watch for posting on Facebook, and drop by! It will be fun!

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Guest Blogger for Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Featured on Gail Anderson-Dargatz's blog
Shelley Banks, and the writing of Exile on a Grid Road: Featured on Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s blog

I’m delighted to share that I’m the current guest blogger featured on the website of Canadian writer and mentor Gail Anderson-Dargatz!

Drop by, and read my thoughts on the Writer’s Eye, versus the I of the Writer.

I worked with Gail when I was studying for my MFA in Creative Writing at the University of B.C., and have kept contact with her since. (I’m looking forward to reading her new novel, The Spawning Ground, which will be published by Knopf Canada this fall.)

It was fun to connect via her website, as part of the community of writers. (Thanks, Gail!)

Exile on a Grid Road: In the Spotlight in the Regina LeaderPost and Saskatoon StarPhoenix

My book, Exile on a Grid Road, in the Spotlight in the Regina Leader Post
My book, Exile on a Grid Road, in the Spotlight in the Regina Leader Post

Saturday mornings, for me, are a time to lie in and ignore the sounds around me…

Footsteps on the stairs. Coffee beans being ground. The front door opened and closed as the morning newspapers are retrieved.

My goal is to stay asleep — or at least, pretend to be asleep and pretend that I hear nothing — for as long as I can. And that works, on some Saturday mornings.

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Exile in great company at Chapters-Indigo, Regina

On our visit to the Chapters bookstore in Regina, SK, this week, my companion pointed out that the computer showed three copies of Exile on a Grid Road on the shelves.

Canadian Poetry, at Chapters-Indigo in Regina
Exile on a Grid Road, in Canadian Poetry, at Chapters-Indigo in Regina

I found them at the beginning of the Canadian Poetry section.

And yes, I know Banks comes after Acorn in the alphabet, though that may be news to some. So when I reshelved my poetry collection after this iPhone photo, I placed all of the copies in a somewhat more traditional alpha-order… Right between Milton Acorn and Lorna Crozier. How cool is that!

Then again, my poems were originally nestling up against a hard cover edition of Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring, which is pretty cool, too…

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The Future is Always Beginning

the-future-is-beginningI am honoured to be asked to participate in the new “Poet Laureate Emerging Writers Reading” on November 25 at 7 p.m., at the Art Gallery of Regina, 2420 Elphinstone Street.

My thanks to Saskatchewan’s poet laureate, Judith Krause, for hosting “The Future is Always Beginning”!

I’ll be reading with Cassidy McFadzean, dee Hobsbawn-Smith and Jim McLean. For an insight into the range of work you’ll hear, here are short bios, from the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild.

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The Road to Big River, Saskatchewan

Last week, we drove to Big River, Saskatchewan, to join Jan Wood for her launch of Love is not Anonymous. (We, being Tara Gereaux with Size of a Fist, and me, Shelley Banks, with Exile on a Grid Road, along with my partner.)

It was a mini-reading tour that also included Regina and Saskatoon, planned to celebrate our books that were published at the same time.

I’ve never been to Big River. Never been further north in Saskatchewan than Batoche. And so the drive was both familiar and new…

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Exile on a Grid Road officially launched

Shelley Banks, with Exile on a Grid Road book and banner.
Shelley Banks, with Exile on a Grid Road book and banner..

Book launch? Check. Finished. Official.

All done but all the things still yet to do. And the readings this week I’m looking forward to in Big River and Saskatoon, SK.

But now, a moment just to celebrate! My manuscript has become a book, and I read from it to a packed room at Bushwakkers in Regina last week, along with co-launchers Tara Gereaux and Jan Wood. Continue reading Exile on a Grid Road officially launched

Creating a site icon

Blue-eyed Grass — a larger view of the little icon that appears (for me, at least) on the page tabs of this site.
Blue-eyed Grass — a slightly larger view of the little icon that appears (for me, at least) on page tabs when viewing this site.

Wow — that wasn’t so hard!

(Or maybe it was, what with my computer locking up last night, but that had nothing to do with the process of creating a site icon.)

I’ve been wondering lately why my website pages show only a white square on browser tabs, while corporate and other pages display distinctive logos. Ditto, when I save a page from my site to the home screen of my iPhone.

How do they create site icons, I wondered. And today, I discovered that it’s really simple with Photoshop and WordPress.

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