- Brenda Schmidt is a writer and visual artist based in Creighton, a mining town on the Canadian Shield in northern Saskatchewan. Author of four books of poetry and a book of essays, her work has been published, performed, shown and broadcast across Canada and was recently part of a poetry installation at the University of Exeter (UK). She was the associate poetry editor for Grain (Fall 2015), the 2011 Mackie Lake House writer-in-residence (BC), a featured writer at the 2011 Talking Fresh conference at Luther College at the University of Regina (SK), a faculty member at the Fernie Writers Conference in 2007 and 2008 (BC), a featured writer at Writers West at Okanagan College in 2006 (BC), a poetry workshop leader (BC), a reviewer of fiction, poetry and nonfiction for Quill & Quire, a manuscript evaluator for the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, a juror for provincial and national arts organizations, and has served on the board of directors for the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild. She is one of the artists featured in the book Celebrating Saskatchewan Artists (Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, 2006). Brenda was finalist for the Saskatchewan Book Award for poetry in 2001, winner of the Alfred G. Bailey Prize for poetry in 2003 and a finalist for the CBC Literary Award for poetry several times. Her latest book of poems Grid was published by Hagios Press in 2012. Flight Calls: An Apprentice on the Art of Listening, a book of essays, was published in 2012 by Kalamalka Press as part of the Mackie Lecture and Reading Series. Grid and Flight Calls were both shortlisted for the 2013 Saskatchewan Book Awards. Brenda was also shortlisted for the 2013 Lieutenant Governor's Arts Award for Saskatchewan Artist. Work from her new project has been published in The Society, Canadian Poetries, The Puritan, and is included in The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2015.
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