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Four New Voices: SWG Apprentice Reading

Featuring Carla Braidek, Lisa Bird-Wilson, Karen Nye and Matthew Stone

When: Wednesday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Wascana Place Centre, Wascana Drive

Come celebrate with the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and hear some fresh new work from the participants of our Mentorship Program. These emerging writers have been hard at work for four months with their professional mentors. This is their night to shine!

The event is free, and everyone is welcome to attend. A reception will follow.

This event is made possible by the generous support of Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture, Saskatchewan Lotteries and the Saskatchewan Arts Board.


Author Bios:

Carla Braidek lives in the boreal forest near Big River, Sask. In 2005, her book Carrying the Sun was short-listed in the Sask. Book Awards. Her poems have been published in literary magazines, a chapbook and other interesting locations. The ever-changing earth, along with the quirks and foibles of family and society, provide Carla with plenty of material for writing. Lately she is enthused about the possibilities of the essay.

Lisa Bird-Wilson is a Saskatchewan Métis writer whose work has appeared in a number of literary magazines and anthologies. Bird-Wilson’s book, Just Pretending (Coteau Books), was a finalist for the national Danuta Gleed Literary Award and won several Saskatchewan Book Awards, including Book of the Year, Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing Award, Fiction Award, and the Aboriginal People’s Publishing Award. Bird-Wilson is currently working on a collection of poetry inspired by residential school archival photos and documents. She has poems forthcoming in the anthology Chcêwêsin (Hagios Press), edited by Neal McLeod.

Karen Nye feels blessed and excited to be chosen as an apprentice in the SWG Mentorship program. Nature, reading and writing come second only to her love for her three sons, daughters-in-law, and beautiful grandchildren. Karen lives in Lumsden and participated at the Sage Hill writing experience in 2005. Karen is now just beginning to write again and her first published poems can be found in the 2014 anthology, A Gift of the Prairie.

Matthew Stone is a Regina-born writer currently working in the communications department at SaskPower. After graduating from the University of Regina with a BA in English, he spent five years running away from Saskatchewan winters, a flight that took him to India, China, Vietnam and Burma, among other places. He taught English as a Second Language for the public school system in Seoul, South Korea, and at a dodgy private academy in Phuket, Thailand. Matthew has worked as a staff writer and a freelance writer; his articles have been published in various local magazines and newspapers. His fiction writing has appeared in the Every Second Sunday anthology.

About the Mentorship Program
Thanks to the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild is able to offer a four-month long mentorship program for emerging writers in which we match emerging writers (the apprentices) with established writers (the mentors). The program is not duplicated anywhere in the province.                             

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