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The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild is delighted to announce that Brenda Schmidt of Creighton, SK is the new Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan. Brenda’s term will begin April 1, 2017 and will run until December 31, 2018.

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. 

In choosing the new Poet Laureate, the Selection Committee believes that the Poet Laureate’s “body of work reflects her commitment to building a progressive artistic community.” The Committee trusts that Brenda Schmidt possesses the qualities needed for the position. They noted that “as a “poetry activist”, Brenda’s enthusiastic energy will help her fulfill her role as Poet Laureate and raise awareness of the power of poetry and spoken word.”

Schmidt is the seventh person to hold the title of Poet Laureate; her six predecessors were Glen Sorestad (2000-2004), Louise B. Halfe (2005-2006), Robert Currie (2007-2010), Donald Kerr (2010-2012), and Judith Krause (2013-2015) and Gerald Hill (2016). 

Commencing in 2000, the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Program was the first provincial program of its kind in Canada. The Saskatchewan Arts Board, Saskatchewan Book Awards and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild are partners in the program, which is under the patronage of the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield.

For more information:  
Tracy Hamon 
SWG Program Manager
Tel: (306) 791-7743 Email: programs@skwriter.com



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