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dee Hobsbawn-Smith


  • dee Hobsbawn-Smith grew up in a gypsy Air Force family. Her award-winning journalism, poetry, essays and fiction have appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, anthologies and literary journals in Canada, the USA and elsewhere. Her restaurant, Foodsmith, was a leader in Calgary’s emerging locavore scene between 1992 and 1994, where she served for many years as a chef, educator, journalist and culinary expert.

    Her fifth book, Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet, won the Best Canadian English-language Food Literature award in the 2013 Gourmand World Book Awards, and won Best Culinary Book in the 2013 High Plains Book Awards. In 2014, it received third place in Les Dames d'Escoffier M.F.K. Fisher Writing Award for North American and United Kingdom women writers.

    In 2014, Hagios Press published her first poetry collection, Wildness Rushing In. Her short story collection, What Can't Be Undone, will be published in 2015 by Thistledown Press.

    She has had poems appear in numerous anthologies, including Entanglements Eco-poetry; Pith & Wry; Seek It: Writers & Artists Do Sleep;The Challenge of Three; and None and All of This is True.

    At present, she lives on the family land west of Saskatoon with her partner, the writer Dave Margoshes, their dogs, cats and books. She is currently writing a novel and is halfway through earning her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Writing degree at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

    She has two sons, both talented professional cooks. A dedicated local foods advocate, dee was a member of Slow Food Calgary’s steering committee for ten years, including three years as its leader, and she attended Slow Food’s 2008 Terra Madre conference in Torino, Italy as an Alberta delegate. In 2011, she co-founded Slow Food Saskatoon, and currently serves as its leader.

    She spends her spare time painting, cooking or sewing, writing, yoga-ing, walking or playing with her pets.


  • Fiction » Literary
  • Non-Fiction » Memoir, Travel
  • Poetry » Literary

Professional Services

  • Genre Writing » Creative Non-Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction
  • Lecturing/Public Speaking » Conferences
  • Teaching/Instruction » Professional Development Workshops


  • What Can't Be Undone. Thistledown Press, 2015
  • Wildness Rushing In. Hagios Press, 2014
  • Foodshed. TouchWood Editions, 2012
  • Shop Talk. Last Impression Publishing, 2008
  • The Curious Cook At Home. Whitecap Books, 2004
  • Double Dishing. Whitecap Books, 2002
  • Dishing. Whitecap Books, 2000
  • The Quick Gourmet. Whitecap Books, 1999
  • Skinny Feasts. Whitecap Books, 1997


  » Literary Journal
  • Blue Skies
  • CV2
  • Event
  • Freefall
  • Gastronomica
  • Grain
  • Numero Cinq
  • Other Voices
  • Prairie Fire
  • Room
  • The Antigonish Review
  • The Fieldstone Review
  • The Malahat Review
  • The Society
  • The Windsor Review
  • Vallum
  » Newspaper, Magazine, & Trade Journal
  • Calgary Herald
  • City Palate
  • Flavours

Broadcast Works

  • Wildness Rushing In, CKUA radio, 2014
    • Bob Chelmick, host of The Road Home on CKUA, read a selection of poetry from dee's collection, Wildness Rushing In.
  • Girl!talk, CBC Regina, 2011
    • A suite of poems.

Workshops Offered

  • Creative writing for teens
    • Group Size:
      • 6-12
      Dee led the 2014 Sage Hill Saskatoon Teen Writing Experience, and loves teaching teens creative writing through exercises, walking meditations, and a whole bag of teen-friendly tips.
  • Food in fiction, poetry and creative nonfictionn
    • Group Size:
      • 6-12
      Dee was a culinary journalist for decades, and will help you add flavour to the page.

Audience Age Groups

    • Adults
    • Secondary School (10-12)
    • Middle School (6-9)
    • Elementary School (K-5)
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