- Ken Mitchell is a well-known Saskatchewan writer who has published over thirty books in his career: novels, histories, stories, poetry and dramas. His stage plays and screenplays have been produced and distributed around the globe. His screenplay for The Hounds of Notre Dame won several Genie nominations and awards; his one-man drama about Norman Bethune, Gone the Burning Sun, won the CAA Best Canadian Play award in 1985, and has been performed in many countries. His most recent book is Rhyming Wranglers, Cowboy Poets of the Canadian West, from Frontenac House in Calgary
Born in Moose Jaw, Sask, and raised on the family livestock ranch, he also attended school in Moose Jaw, and enjoyed early careers in journalism, house-painting, bar-tending, and ice cream sales before graduating from the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, with an M.A. in 1967.
Mr. Mitchell retired in 2005 as Professor of English at the University of Regina, where he won several awards, including Distinguished University Professor in 2000. He has also been a visiting professor at University of Victoria, University of Edinburgh, and at two universities in China, Nanjing University and Beijing’s Foreign Affairs College. He was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2001, and inducted into the Order of Canada in 1999.
He has also worked as a professional actor on stage and film, directed plays and films, and created an arts restaurant and pub in Regina, the Cathedral Village Free House. As a community arts activist, Mitchell was a key figure in the development of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre, The Edinburgh Playwrights Centre, and in 1991, the Cathedral Village Arts Festival.