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dee Hobsbawn-Smith


  • dee Hobsbawn-Smith served as the 35th Writer in Residence at the Saskatoon Public Library. She grew up in a gypsy Air Force family. Her award-winning journalism, poetry, essays and fiction have appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, anthologies and literary journals in Canada, the USA and elsewhere. Her restaurant, Foodsmith, was a leader in Calgary�s emerging locavore scene between 1992 and 1994, where she served for many years as a chef, educator, journalist and culinary expert.

    Her fifth book, Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet, won the Best Canadian English-language Food Literature award in the 2013 Gourmand World Book Awards; won Best Culinary Book in the 2013 High Plains Book Awards; and in 2014, it received third place in Les Dames d'Escoffier M.F.K. Fisher Writing Award for North American and United Kingdom women writers.

    In 2014, Hagios Press published her first poetry collection, Wildness Rushing In. It was a finalist for the 2015 SK Book Awards Best Poetry Collection and Book of the Year. Her short story collection, What Can't Be Undone, was published in 2015 by Thistledown Press. Her essay collection-in-progress, Bread & Water, came 2nd in the SWG's 2014 J. V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award. She's working on her first novel.

    She has had poems appear in numerous anthologies, including Wilf Perreault: On the Alley/Dans la Ruelle; 70; Line Dance; Entanglements Eco-poetry; Pith & Wry; Seek It: Writers & Artists Do Sleep;The Challenge of Three; and None and All of This is True.

    At present, she lives on the family land west of Saskatoon with her partner, the writer Dave Margoshes, their dog, cats and books. She is currently writing a novel, an essay collection and new poetry. She completed her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Writing degree at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

    In 2013 & '14 & '15, dee facilitated Sage Hill's Saskatoon Teen Writing Experience. She has served as adjunct instructor of creative writing at St. Peter's College, Muenster, SK, and a mentor in the SWG's Mentorship Program. She is Associate Poetry Editor for Grain, and writes a column for Grainews.

    She has two sons, both talented professional cooks. A dedicated local foods advocate, dee was a member of Slow Food Calgary�s steering committee for ten years, including three years as its leader, and she attended Slow Food�s 2008 Terra Madre conference in Torino, Italy as an Alberta delegate. In 2011, she co-founded Slow


  • Fiction » Literary
  • Non-Fiction » Cookbooks, Essays, Memoir, Travel
  • Poetry » Literary

Professional Services

  • Editing » Developmental/Project Editing, Manuscript Critiquing (Not Editing), Proofreading, Stylistic Editing, Substantive/Structural Editing
  • Genre Writing » Creative Non-Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Literary/Creative Fiction, Memoir, Poetry
  • Journalism » Feature Writing, General Interest/Consumer Magazines, Trade/Special Interest Magazines
  • Lecturing/Public Speaking » Conferences
  • Teaching/Instruction » Professional Development Workshops, Professional Development Workshops, Writer-in-Residence


  • What Can't Be Undone. Thistledown Press, 2015
  • Wildness Rushing In. Hagios Press, 2014
  • Foodshed. TouchWood Editions, 2012
  • Shop Talk. Last Impression Publishing, 2008
  • The Curious Cook At Home. Whitecap Books, 2004
  • Double Dishing. Whitecap Books, 2002
  • Dishing. Whitecap Books, 2000
  • The Quick Gourmet. Whitecap Books, 1999
  • Skinny Feasts. Whitecap Books, 1997


  » Newspaper, Magazine, & Trade Journal
  • Calgary Herald
  • City Palate
  • Flavours
  • Grainews

Broadcast Works

  • Wildness Rushing In, CKUA radio, 2014
    • Bob Chelmick, host of The Road Home on CKUA, read a selection of poetry from dee's collection, Wildness Rushing In.
  • Girl!talk, CBC Regina, 2011
    • A suite of poems.

Workshops Offered

  • Creating Character on the Page
    • Group Size:
      • 4-16
      Who do you remember after you finish reading a novel or essay or short story? What characters are memorable? How did the writer capture him or her? Dee employs a variety of exercises and tools in this workshop to help you get to know your people - and put them on the page in memorable ways.
  • Creative writing for teens
    • Group Size:
      • 6-12
      Dee led the 2013 & '14 Sage Hill Saskatoon Teen Writing Experience, and loves teaching teens creative writing through exercises, walking meditations, prompts, and a whole bag of teen-friendly tips.
  • Food in fiction, poetry and creative nonfictionn
    • Group Size:
      • 6-12
      There's more to food than flavour. Dee was a chef and culinary journalist for decades, and her words have appeared in North American magazines and newspapers from Portland to St. Johns. She has written several best-selling award-winning food-related books that investigated politics, issues, cooking methodology and recipes, philosophy and issues, growers and chefs, personalities and profiles, and the pleasure of food. Learn to define and put your personal taste on the page, politics to pasta.

Audience Age Groups

    • Adults
    • Secondary School (10-12)
    • Middle School (6-9)
    • Elementary School (K-5)
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