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May 19, 2018

The 3rd Annual Saskatchewan Poet Laureate's Poetry and a Pint

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Bushwakker Brewpub 2206 Dewdney Ave.

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and Bushwakker Brewpub are pleased to present the 3rd Saskatchewan Poetry & A Pint event, on behalf of the Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan, Brenda Schmidt. The theme of this year’s event is Amidst the Flowers (after Amidst the Flowers a Jug of Wine by Li Po). Guest poets have been challenged to incorporate this concept into their introduction or poems.

Come out to enjoy some local food and drinks while taking in live readings by six Saskatchewan authors, including: Brenda Schmidt, Shelley Banks, Randy Lundy, gillian harding-russell, Bernadette Wagner and Chelsea Coupal.

Author Bios

Brenda Schmidt is a naturalist and visual artist living in Creighton, a mining town on the Canadian Shield in northern Saskatchewan, where she explores creative paths between the natural and digital worlds. Author of four books of poetry and a book of essays, her work has been published, performed, shown and broadcast across Canada and was part of a poetry installation at the University of Exeter (UK). A past reviewer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for Quill & Quire, she founded the Ore Samples Writers Series in 2016 and currently serves on the Sage Hill Writing Experience board of directors.

Shelley Banks takes inspiration from the natural world and the stories amidst the flowers. A keen researcher, she is currently brewing facts and fictions of her family history into poems. Shelley holds an MFA (Creative Writing) and an MA (Journalism). Her poetry and short stories have been published in leading Canadian literary magazines including CV2, Room, Grain, and The Antigonish Review. Her poetry collection, Exile on a Grid Road was published by Thistledown Press.

gillian harding-russell is a Regina poet, freelance writer, editor and reviewer. She is the author of three collections of poetry: Candles in my head, Vertigo, and I forgot to tell you. In 2016, the sequence “Making Sense” won first place in Exile ELQ’s Gwendolyn MacEwen chapbook competition. This year “Whether…weather” was awarded “Best Regina poem” in the Briarpatch magazine contest. A new collection of poems, In Another Air will be released by Radiant Press later this year. Many thanks to Radiant Press!

Randy Lundy is a member of the Barren Lands (Cree) First Nation. Born in northern Manitoba, he has lived most of his life in Saskatchewan. He has published two previous books, Under the Night Sun and Gift of the Hawk. A third book Blackbird Song is forthcoming from U of R Press in spring 2018. His work has been widely anthologized. He loves dogs, children, and old folks and fully recognises that sounds like a country song.

Bernadette Wagner is a multi-genre literary artist, editor, and community organizer who loves to sing, dance, and cook. Her work is on multiple platforms and she has received financial awards from the Sask Arts Board and the Canada Council. This hot place (Thistledown Press, 2010), a collection of poetry, was shortlisted for the Sask First Book Award. Her second collection, The Dry Valley, is forthcoming from Radiant Press in 2019.

Chelsea Coupal’s first poetry collection is forthcoming with Coteau Books in May 2018. She won the 2017 City of Regina Writing Award and was shortlisted for CV2’s 2016 Young Buck Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in literary journals across Canada, including Arc, EVENT and Grain. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Regina.




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