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» Caroline Heath Memorial Lecture

This memorial lecture series, named after a beloved editor, publisher and poet, features senior writers and publishers as guest lecturers. Promoted to the public and the membership, the lecture is the keynote address at the Fall Conference. This series brings to writers and the public contemporary issues on writing and publishing.

2019 Caroline Heath Lecturer: Mark Abley

Biography of Caroline Heath

Caroline Heath was born and educated in Oregon and lived in England and Germany before settling in Saskatchewan in 1966.

A writer, editor, and teacher, she was best known as the founder of Saskatoon’s Fifth House Press, for which she edited numerous books. She also published her work in several periodicals, and served as editor of Grain from 1973 to 1979. Anne Szumigalski, one of her assistant editors at Grain, said that “(her) long term as editor of certainly established the magazine as one of Canada’s leading literary periodicals.”

She served on the Canada Council Explorations Program jury (1978-80), on the Saskatchewan Arts Board (1980-82), and as a judge for the 1982 CBC Literary Competition. She taught at the Banff School of Fine Arts as well as Cypress Hills Community College.

Caroline Heath died in April 1989 after a long battle with cancer. In 1994 Coteau Books published her collection of poetry titled Why Couldn’t You See Blue?  

List of Previous Speakers:

2018: Sarah de Leeuw 2002: Sean Virgo
2017: Karen Solie 2001: Bonnie Burnard
2016: Harold Johnson 2000: Maria Campbell
2015: Dianne Warren 1999: Aritha van Herk
2014: Dianne Schoemplerlen 1998: Janice Kulyk Keefer
2013: Tim Wynne-Jones 1997: George Melnyk
2012: Sylvia Tyson 1996: Patrick Friesen
2011: Guy Gavriel Kay 1995: Gail Bowen
2010: Don McKay 1994: Daniel David Moses
2009: Drew Hayden Taylor 1993: Peter Gzowski
2008: Warren Cariou (in lieu of Tomson Highway) 1992: Dave Godfrey
2007: Susan Musgrave 1991: Smaro Kamboureli
2006: Denise Chong 1990: David Arnason
2005: Alberto Manguel 1989: John Newlove 
2004: George Elliot Clarke  
2003: Daphne Marlatt  


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