Thursday, September 07, 2017

25th Anniversary Celebration of the Wild Rice Writers Group happening on September 22 and 23 in La Ronge! What a great honour to be invited to be part of the celebration and to be among so many wonderful writers. I've been to two literary events in La Ronge in the past and they were great fun and very well attended. Such a great community and La Ronge is such a beautiful part of the North. The title of my talk for this occasion is "Driving North Through the Digital Forest: Writers at the Wheel."

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

The solar eclipse happening today! To celebrate, last night I posted a poetry poll on Twitter!

Over on the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Facebook page, I shared Saskatchewan Highway Hotline's cool "Solar Eclipse Driving Tips" visual (not pictured here) and this writing prompt:

Happy solar eclipse and mind those eyes!


11:00 pm: The poll is complete. Here's the follow-up post on Twitter:

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Heat warning in effect

...for this part of northern Saskatchewan says Environment Canada. They might be referring to the pickled hot peppers H made today.

Meanwhile over on Twitter, I'm posting the odd poetry poll for fun. Here's one I posted today.

And over on the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate page on Facebook, we're writing a collaborative poem titled "August." Facebook only allows an event to last for two weeks, thus the dates.

The response has not been large, but it's been great. It's a really lovely gathering. Thank you, everyone!  


The poll is complete. Here's the follow-up post on Twitter:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Postcard poem included in exhibition in Toronto

Ruth Roach Pierson, Maureen Scott Harris and Elaine Whittaker's exhibition "Post Me a Card" runs from July 19-29 at the Red Head Gallery in Toronto. I love the whole concept and I'm so excited to see my postcard poem included. Here's the front. 

It's a watercolor and ink painting celebrating one of my favourite places in Saskatchewan, which just happens to be a few kilometers outside of Creighton. There's a poem on the back that I wrote to the intended recipient describing the place. 

I wish I could attend the show in person to experience the rest. But already it's giving me ideas and sending my thoughts in new directions. Thank you, Ruth, Maureen, and Elaine.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Last night's Ore with George Elliott Clarke

Last night was amazing! George Elliott Clarke wowed the audience. So grateful to him for making the journey north to our community.  

Copied from the Ore Samples Writers Series blog:

The July 20 Ore at the Flin Flon Public Library​ was a dream! The workshop led by visiting author George Elliott Clarke was excellent and very well-attended, and his reading was dynamite! Thank you to host Kevin Imrie, and what a great host he is. Thank you to the great audience. Thank you to the amazing Flin Flon Public Library. Thank you to the community, the sponsors, and the local media for their engagement with the arts and for making great things like this happen. And it was great! 

Visiting author George Elliott Clarke reading from his latest book.

The completely engaged audience.

George Elliott Clarke with host Kevin Imrie.

Ore Samples Writers Series gratefully acknowledges support from Artists in Communities. Artists in Communities is a joint initiative of the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture Inc., and is supported by funding provided by the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation. Thank you to our community partners Flin Flon Public Library and Flin Flon Arts Council, and sponsors Hudbay and the Victoria Inn.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The 21st Annual Saskatchewan Festival of Words

Thank you to everyone at the Saskatchewan Festival of Words! The festival ran from July 13-16 in Moose Jaw, and it was amazing! The festival is always great, but I think this was the best one yet. Exciting, thought-provoking, and so tuned in to the times. I feel so lucky to have been there. Hats off to the organizers, volunteers, authors, and performers! Cheers to the great audiences! Cheers to the funders! I attended as many readings, panels, and events as possible and met and reconnected with so many people. It was great.

And Bob Dylan was in Moose Jaw on Saturday! To mark the occasion I wrote an invocation and shared it at the festival:


O Bob Dylan, when you stop in Moose Jaw
on July 15, you will feel the heat
Saskatchewan keeps here. Listen in awe
to the aw in the name of the place. Sweet
voices of some of Canada’s finest
writers will raise the temperature downtown
even more. But who am I to suggest
you listen? It’s me who needs to hear. Clowns
like me are left right stuck in simple rhymes
while nobly you sing. Please help. I’m trying
to finish this sonnet. O help me climb
into a comfy couplet. This crying
won’t get me a selfie with you, will it?
I’m at the library. The name is Schmidt.

It didn't work.

Here's a sampling of what I did at the festival:

Writing in Troubled Times panel with Harold Johnson, Jael Richardson, Yann Martel, and Alanna Mitchell. Moderated by Angie Abdou. This was just one of the powerful panels I took in during the festival, every one of which filled the space. The audiences were great and totally engaged.   

At the Hyland Memorial Session on Friday morning, a session shared with Jim McLean, I shared memories and read a poem from Gary Hyland's book Hands Reaching in Water

 At the Friday afternoon session, shared with Sheri-D Wilson, I read from Line Dance. On Saturday morning in a session shared with Johnny Trinh, I read from my book Grid and shared work from new projects.

And of course I bought lots of books. Some titles were sold out before I shopped. That's because I had ignored my own rule: Always visit the book table first thing!