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Five New Voices:  Apprentice Reading


Caitlin Ward, dee Hobsbawn-Smith, Gary Chappell, Jess Boyachek, and Moira McKinnon


Date:  Thursday, April 28, 2011

Time:  7:30 p.m.

Place:  The Refinery, Saskatoon  (609 Dufferin Ave.)

This event is open to the public. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

There will be free refreshments and a cash bar.

The readers are celebrating the completion of their participation in the SWG’s mentorship programs—come out and join them!

For more information contact: Tracy Hamon 306.791.7743; programs@skwriter.com; or Pam Bustin 306.955.5513; saskatoon@skwriter.com 


Apprentice Bios:

Caitlin Ward is a Saskatoon-based writer. She studied Creative Writing at St. Peter's College under the instruction of Tim Lilburn, Bill Robertson, J. Jill Robinson, and Allan Safarik. Her literary work has appeared in The Society, in medias  res and Grain Magazine. She is also a weekly columnist for The Prairie Messenger.

dee Hobsbawn-Smith recently re-located to a 100-year-old farmhouse just west of
Saskatoon after 27 years in Calgary. Her poetry has appeared in publications that include Room, Other Voices, The Antigonish Review and a 2010 Canadian anthology titled Pith & Wry (Your Scrivener Press.) She is working on her fifth food book, Foodshed, which will be released in 2012 by TouchWood Editions. Dee has two sons.

Gary Chappell took a 35-year break to 'gather material' after writing two poems as a
young man. A few years ago, he became re-infected with the need to write poetry, and finds it has become an important passion. Born and raised in Prince Albert, he moved with his family to Saskatoon in 2004. His poetry is published in Spring, FreeFall, Transition and Leaf Press. Gary currently serves as a board member for the Saskatoon Writers' Coop and is a member of the Obsessors poetry group.

Jess Boyachek is a Regina-based freelance writer and researcher who specializes in documentary film. Her work has been published by the University of Regina and in Splice magazine.

Moira McKinnon has been a writer since she was born, just little snippets here and there but never brave enough to take it on as a full time occupation. She is the mother of two teenage boys, her husband is a teacher and she is the Chief Medical Health Officer for Saskatchewan. Her career has been in population health and in particular response to emergencies and infectious diseases. She has been involved deeply in research and in issues such as ecosystem preservation. This has taken her and her family to many parts of the world and used up most hours in the day.”

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