Thursday, June 16, 2016, was a lovely, sunny evening outside, but inside St. Peter’s College there was an outstanding literary reading by naturalist, writer, and visual artist Brenda Schmidt, from Creighton SK. Attendees at this event included Saskatoon’s three-time Governor General’s Award winner Guy Vanderhaeghe and Griffin Poetry Prize winner Sylvia Legris, along with a fine group of local writers and arts patrons, including returning students, some after many years. One guest came from as far away as Lloydminster.
This Canada Council for the Arts-sponsored evening was lighthearted and intimate. Brenda shared two of her most recent projects, the first from a collection of essays that is nearing completion, and then she presented an experimental slideshow for a project that she is just starting to develop. The friendly atmosphere lent itself to a lively question and answer period, and guests lingered after to reading to chat.
We’re delighted to have Brenda staying to teach a dynamic 3-day nonfiction workshop entitled Zoom in on the Detail (June 17-19). Watch for our next exciting arts event, the writing getaway with award-winning writer Dave Margoshes (July 29-Aug. 1).
There are still a few spots left in Dave’s workshop. For details, see our brochure: Click Here
Brenda Schmidt is the author of four books of poetry and a book of nonfiction, and her work has been published, performed, shown and broadcast across Canada. Flight Calls: An Apprentice on the Art of Listening, a book of essays published by Kalamalka Press as part of the Mackie Lecture and Reading Series, was shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Book Award for nonfiction. While living in the north, she worked for a time as a freelance reporter and photographer. She was the 2011 Mackie Lake House writer-in-residence, a featured writer at Talking Fresh, an instructor at the Fernie Writers Conference, a manuscript evaluator for the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, a guest poetry editor for Grain,and a reviewer of fiction, poetry and nonfiction for Quill & Quire. Work from her new cross-genre project is included in The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2015.
Saskatoon-area writer Dave Margoshes is a short story specialist – he loves to read them and write them. He’s published seven collections of stories, as well as several novels and volumes of poetry. His short fiction has appeared six times in the Best Canadian Stories volumes and he was a finalist for the Journey Prize in 2009. His Bix’s Trumpet and Other Stories was Book of the Year in the 2007 Saskatchewan Book Awards and was a finalist for the ReLit Award. His collection of linked short stories, A Book of Great Worth, was named one of Amazon.ca’s Top Hundred Books of 2012.