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March 2, 2018


Time: All Day

Organization: Saskatchewan Writers Guild

Location: Mosaic Potash Hill Centre Tower III, 2nd Floor - 2010 12th Ave. Regina

This event is free to attend. All are welcome! Also this location has access to an elevator so it is accessible to all.

Talking Fresh is a two-day writers’ festival that targets Regina and a wider Saskatchewan community including aspiring writers and anyone interested in writers and books. Now in its 16th year, Talking Fresh addresses the theme of bridging what divides us and the challenges and successes unabridged writing has in today’s writing landscape.

Talking Fresh begins on Friday, March 2 at 4:00 pm with a panel discussion involving all five writers, and focuses on the weekend’s theme. The evening will feature a reception with readings by Lubrin, Dixon, Graham, Choi, and Lindberg.

On Saturday, March 3, Lubrin, Dixon, Graham, Choi, and Lindberg will conduct workshop-style sessions focusing on the craft of writing in relation to their genres. These sessions are intended for writers of all levels and the festival is open to the public, as many people will find these sessions interesting and interactive.



4:00                  Greetings                                                                

10:00 - 10:50                         Canisia Lubrin                                            

4:15                   Panel: Canisia Lubrin,                                                           Catherine Graham, Beau Dixon,                                              Ins Choi, & Tracey Lindberg                               


11:00 - 11:50                         Beau Dixon                                               

5:45                    Reception                                                           

12:00 - 1:00                            Lunch                                                        

7:00                    Readings                                                             

1:30 - 2:20                              Catherine Graham                                    


2:30 - 3:20                              Ins Choi                                                    


3:30 - 4:20                             Tracey Lindberg                                      

Sponsors of Talking Fresh 16 are, the City of Regina, Canada Council for the Arts, Saskatchewan Lotteries, and SaskCulture.

For more information contact:

Nickita Longman, Indigenous Program Coordinator


Oin Nicholson, Program Coordinator

Catherine Graham is the author of six poetry collections and the debut novel Quarry. Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and CAA Award for Poetry, and The Celery Forest was published this past fall. Winner of IFOA's Powetry NOW, she teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award, and at Humber College's Creative Book Publishing Program. Published internationally, she lives in Toronto. Visit her at www.catherinegraham.com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @catgrahampoet.

Beau Dixon is a multi-award winning actor, playwright, composer, director, and producer. His writing credits include Once A Flame, From Here To Africville (Factory Theatre), Beneath SpringhillThe Maurice Ruddick Story (Thousand Islands/Firebrand Theatre/Lunchbox Theatre/Theatre Collingwood), which received three DORA nominations and was awarded for best new play and best individual performance, two Calgary Critic’s nominations (winning for best solo performance), and a Betty Mitchell nomination. Dixon is also a KM Hunter Award Finalist. He has four solo albums and was recently inducted into Peterborough’s Pathway of Fame for his leadership in the arts. See more at beaudixon.com.

Tracey Lindberg is a citizen of As'in'i'wa'chi Ni'yaw Nation, Rocky Mountain Cree, and hails from the Kelly Lake Cree Nation Community. She is an award-winning writer for her academic work and teaches Indigenous law at the University of Ottawa. Birdie was a finalist for the Kobo Emerging Writer Award, the 2016 edition of CBC's Canada Reads, and was also long-listed for the 2017 Dublin International Literary Prize. She was a juror for the 2017 Rogers Trust Fiction Prize. Lindberg currently lives on Algonquin Territory.

Ins Choi was born in Korea, grew up in Scarborough, and now lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. As an actor, he has worked with such companies as Fu-GEN, Canadian Stage, and Stratford. His debut play, Kim's Convenience, premiered at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival. It then launched Soulpepper Theatre Company's 2012 season, toured across Canada, debuted in New york City last summer, and just finished season two as a CBC TV Show.

Canisia Lubrin is the author of VoodooHypothesis (Wolsak & Wynn, 2017) and Augur (2017). She is consulting editor at Wolsak & Wynn and poetry editor at Humber Literary Review. Lubrin also serves as an advisor to Open Book and teaches college english. In 2017-2018 she is Poet in Residence with Poetry in Voice.


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