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2014 City of Regina Writing Award Reception

When: Thursday, May 29 | 7:30 p.m.
Where: Travelodge Hotel & Conference Centre | 4177 Albert Street S | Regina

SWG Congratulates Katherine Lawrence on winning the 35th Annual City of Regina Writing Award!

You are invited to the reception honouring Katherine Lawrence, winner of 2014 City of Regina Writing Award, and runners-up Marie Powell and Aleksandra McHugh. The event will feature a reading by the awarded writer. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Complimentary refreshments will be served and there will be a cash bar.  

Katherine Lawrence is the author of two poetry books: Lying to Our Mothers (2006 Coteau Books), finalist for the Anne Szumigalski Award; and Ring Finger, Left Hand (2000 Coteau Books), winner of Best First Book; Saskatchewan Book Awards. She has also published two chapbooks, Start with the Answer (2009 gritLIT) and Split-ends (2005 JackPine Press). Her current manuscript is titled, The Wives of Never Mind.

Katherine’s work has been broadcast on CBC radio and published in literary journals across Canada, including the anthology 2010 Best Canadian Poetry in English. Originally from Hamilton, Katherine lives in Regina and works as a development consultant for non-profit organizations. She is a graduate of Carleton University and Humber College.

The judges for 2014 City of Regina Writing Award were Yvonne Blomer and C.E. Gatchalian:

Yvonne Blomer was born in Zimbabwe and came to Canada when she was two years old. Her second collection of poems The Book of Places came out in 2012 with Black Moss Press. Her first collection a broken mirror, fallen leaf was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Yvonne has also published two chap books Landscapes and Home: Ghazals (Leaf Press, 2011) and Bicycle Brand Journey (JackPine Press, 2012), and is the co-editor of Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press, 2013) out of the Planet Earth Poetry reading series, of which she is the Artistic Director. Poems from her forthcoming collection As if a Raven have been short listed for the CBC Literary Awards and have appeared in Best Canadian Poetry in English. Her poems have been widely anthologized in Canada and the UK and she is currently working on a travel memoir titled Sugar Ride about cycling in Southeast Asia. Yvonne teaches courses in poetry, memoir and CNF at Camosun College and privately.

Born, raised and based in Vancouver, Filipino-Canadian author C. E. Gatchalian writes drama, poetry, fiction and non-fiction. His plays, which include Broken, Crossing, Claire and Motifs & Repetitions, have appeared on stages nationally and internationally, as well as on radio and television. Recent work includes his play for young audiences, People Like Vince, which was commissioned by Green Thumb Theatre and toured BC, Saskatchewan and Ontario, and his latest play, Falling in Time, which premiered in Vancouver in November 2011, was published by Scirocco Drama/J Gordon Shillingford in 2012 and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. He is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Dayne Ogilvie Prize, awarded annually by The Writers' Trust of Canada to an LGBT writer of merit. He is currently Artistic Producer of the frank theatre company.

The award is sponsored by the City of Regina


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