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» Poet Laureate Biography - Judith Krause

           

Judith Krause is a Regina poet, editor and educator whose publications include four books of poetry and a collaborative chapbook. A fifth collection tentatively entitled “Homage to Happiness” is slated for publication in the fall of 2014. Her work has appeared online or in print in Canada, the US and in Ireland. She has given readings from her work across Western Canada and in the US.

Judith is a two-time winner of the City of Regina Writing Award and co-winner of the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Award. Two of her books have been short listed in the “Book of the Year" category and the “City of Regina” category of Saskatchewan Book Awards. She has studied writing in Canada, France, and the US where she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. Judith has received support for her writing from both the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Canada Council, and has been awarded residencies and fellowships in the US at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

A past president of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, Judith has worked as Literary Arts Consultant to the Saskatchewan Arts Board, co-coordinated the Creative Writing Program at the Saskatchewan School of the Arts and has taught creative writing classes through the University of Regina Extension, at the Saskatchewan School of the Arts at Fort San, and at the Sage Hill Writing Experience. She served as a writing mentor three times through the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild Mentorship Program. She has been active in publishing, acting as poetry editor for periodicals including Windscript, Grain and Spring, and for anthologies including Sundog Highway, Out of Place and six individual poetry collections for first-time and established authors for three different literary presses.

She served as a co-judge of the League of Canadian Poets National Poetry Contest, and  on the juries for the Gerald Lampert Award and the Pat Lowther Award. She has also served on a variety of advisory committees, as a judge for provincial writing competitions and on arts juries. She is an original member of one of the longest running writing groups in the province and remains active in the local writing community.

Judith’s home is in Regina where she teaches adults in the Basic Education program at SIAST.


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