The recent Poetry and a Pint event at Bushwakkers Brew Pub was a great idea from Saskatchewan’s current Poet Laureate, Gerald Hill. At least, that’s what I’ve heard from many of the people who dropped by to have a drink and listen to local Regina writers read their new work.
And so, in memory of the event (I’m in the process of updating my writing blog, so yes, I am remembering all of this), my favourite photo. Of me, at least. Even if it isn’t really a photo of me.
The New Voices reading, with apprentices in the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild 2016 Mentorship Program, is one of my favourite literary events.
This year, I am honoured to host the Apprentice Readings.
When: April 28, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. Where: The Artesian, 2627 13th Avenue, Regina. Who: Jason Heit, Ashleigh Mattern, Katerina Nakutnyy, and Dora Mushka.
Heit, Mattern, Nakutnyy and Mushka have all been working for four months with professional mentors. I’m really looking forward to hearing them!
This event is always fun because it’s a chance to hear very new work and gain fresh insights into the direction that writing in Saskatchewan may take in the near future. It’s also a chance to meet new and established writers, so if you live in Regina and have been wondering what this writing world is all about, please drop by and say hi!
I was in the SWG Mentorship Program several years ago, and worked on short fiction with Dave Margoshes, a Saskatchewan writer whose path first crossed mine way back when we were both staff reporters with The Sun in Vancouver, B.C. (I would have been very surprised then if someone had looked in a crystal ball and told me that I’d move from the realm of ‘just-the-facts’ to ‘whatever makes a good story’… And yes, I do have a collection of short stories that I plan to expand and send out to greet the world in print…. One day…)
The New Voices reading is FREE, and all are welcome. For more information, click the poster at right, or visit skwriter.com.
Join the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate, Gerald Hill, as he MCs an afternoon of poetry and pints as part of Bushwakker’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.
Hosted by Gerald Hill, this event also features readings by Shelley Banks, Courtney Bates-Hardy, Eric Greenway, Brenda Niskala and Coby Stephenson, who will take to the stage to share their electrifying work.
Admission is free, though you’ll have to buy your own beer. Join us for a pint and poetry!
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…)
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:
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!)
Reading in Big River, Saskatchewan, was an adventure for several reasons. First, I’ve never been to that part of the province. Then, there were friends I hadn’t seen for some time. And finally, I took the risk of reading “Kiss of Knives,” a suite of poem about breast cancer from Exile on a Grid Road. And yes, that was a risk.
It’s always good to take risks as a writer, to push yourself further and into new material. But reading that material can be another matter…
Some scenes from the Big River reading, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, which featured Jan Wood’s launch of Love is not Anonymous, with readings by Tara Gereaux (Size of a Fist) and Shelley Banks (Exile on a Grid Road), all from Thistledown Press.