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April 8, 2017

There are 2 events on this date:

  1. Unsettling Ideas Presents: Language and Poetry with Rita Bouvier and Gregory Scofield »
  2. Book Signings at Save-On-Foods »
Unsettling Ideas Presents: Language and Poetry with Rita Bouvier and Gregory Scofield

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Mosaic Tower Hill Centre III, 2010 12th Avenue, 2nd floor (accessible)

This is a free event, all are welcome.

Did you know that March 31 is National Aboriginal Languages Day? To celebrate and honour languages, we will be focusing on work that incorporates Indigenous language into poetry. March's reading for the book club will be two incredible works of poetry:

  1. nakamowin’sa: For the Seasons by Rita Bouvier (Thistledown Press)
  2. Witness, I am by Gregory A Scofield (Nightwood Editions)

This is paired with the following TRC Call to Action:

"We call upon the federal government to acknowledge that Aboriginal rights include Aboriginal language rights." (#13)

We'd like to thank the University of Regina's Office of Indigenization and Official First Nations University of Canada for their partnership on this event.

Rita has three collections of poetry with Thistledown Press: nakomowin’sa for the seasons (2015); papîyâhtak (2004); and Blueberry Clouds (1999). nakomowin’sa for the seasons is the 2016 winner of the Saskatchewan Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing Award. Bouvier’s poetry has appeared in literary anthologies, musicals and television productions, and been translated into Spanish, German and Michif.

Gregory Scofield is Red River Metis of Cree, Scottish and European descent whose ancestry can be traced to the fur trade and to the Metis community of Kinesota, Manitoba. He has taught First Nations and Metis Literature and Creative Writing at Brandon University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and the Alberta College of Art + Design. He currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in English at Laurentian University where he teaches Creative Writing, and previously served as writer-in-residence at the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and Memorial University.

Scofield won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 1994 for his debut collection, The Gathering: Stones for the Medicine Wheel. In addition to several volumes of poetry, Scofield is the author of the memoir, Thunder Through My Veins (1999), and his latest collection of poetry is Witness, I Am (2016). In 2016, The Writers' Trust of Canada awarded Scofield with the Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize.




Book Signings at Save-On-Foods

Time: 11:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Location: Save-On-Foods, 4520 Albert Street South, Regina

Save-On-Foods, in conjunction with Burton House Books and the SWG, are presenting a series of book signings at the Regina Save-On-Foods location. Every other Saturday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Saskatchewan authors will be on-site to sign their books.

A complete schedule is available below. Spots are still available for Saturdays between April and June 2017 on a first-come, first-served basis. See our call for SK Authors for more information.

For more information, contact the SWG Program Coordinator at swgevents@skwriter.com or 306.791.7746.

April 8: Bev Lundahl and Jean Freeman.

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