Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ore Samples Writers Series springs forth on May 18

This will be great! Mark your calendars and spread the word!

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Come by the Flin Flon Public Library on Thursday, May 18, 7 pm and have coffee, cake, and listen to these amazing writers. Free. Everyone welcome.

You're also welcome to take in the free writing workshop "Memory: The Past at Home in the Present" with visiting author Candace Savage from 5:45-6:45 as well. It's a great opportunity to learn, add to your resume, and experience something new.  See the previous post for details.



Candace Savage is the author, most recently, of A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape, which won three Saskatchewan Book Awards and the $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. She is currently exploring the story of the family who built and first occupied her home in Saskatoon, a pinpoint beginning that has expanded across centuries and continents.

Myrna Guymer was born with a curiosity as solid as the rocks of Flin Flon, her birth place. Her sense of adventure has taken her to several countries, but her most cherished travels have been into our dwindling wilderness by canoe. Her book, The Canadian Shield Alphabet, which won the 2008 Journalism Award, is a reflection of her life. Her 35 years of work has been published in magazines, newspapers and anthologies. Presently, she is working on her memoir.

Kevin Imrie was born in Flin Flon, MB and raised in the neighbouring town of Creighton, SK. A long-time musician, Kevin developed a passion for writing in his early twenties, moving sporadically from poetry to short fiction. He has studied at the University of Saskatchewan, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Education at the University College of the North in The Pas, MB.

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, April 18, 2017

Poetry shortlisted for Saskatchewan Book Awards

One of the top duties in my official job description is to celebrate the spirit of the people and place of Saskatchewan. My pleasure! One of the ways to do this is by reading poetry that does this work and so much more. So I bought all the books of poetry that are shortlisted for various 2017 Saskatchewan Book Awards and I've read each one. That's not in the job description, and I would've done so anyway, and so would anyone in this position. I imagine all Saskatchewan poets eventually read all of the books of poetry that come out of this place. Congratulations to these authors on these amazing books. Each one of them moved me. Reading these books back to back has been an incredible experience and an unforgettable journey. 


Monday, April 17, 2017

Ore readings & workshop with visiting author Candace Savage

The 2017 season is going to be great!

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The 2017 season gets underway in spectacular fashion on Thursday, May 18 with Kevin Imrie as host and featuring readings by visiting author Candace Savage and Denare Beach author Myrna Guymer!

Poster coming soon!

Join us as well for a writing workshop with visiting author Candace Savage on Thursday, May 18. A great opportunity to learn, add to your resume, and experience something new.


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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Great Egret from April 11

On the way home from Regina we spotted a pair of Great Egrets, so we stopped and watched them for a long time. They preened and hunted and did all sorts of new-to-me things. Everything about them was poetry.  


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Reading at Town of Creighton council meeting tonight

Thank you to the Town of Creighton for inviting me to read tonight in honour of National Poetry Month and as part of the Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge. They've been inviting local writers to read for a number of years. We have a great Mayor and a great Council, and a great Town Administrator. Hats off to them for all the great work they do! And thank you for the fun group selfie!


Tonight after the reading I visited the Town of Creighton's website to check on an item and discovered this lovely congratulations!


Thank you!

The ceremony at Government House

The beautiful ceremony at Government House on April 10 recognizing Saskatchewan's 7th Poet Laureate feels like a dream. Thank you to Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield.

Here are a few pics from the evening.

Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield met with us prior to the ceremony. Pictured to the right of Her Honour is Courtney Bates-Hardy, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Book Awards, and Judith Silverthorne, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild. To the left is Brenda Schmidt and Harvey Schmidt.


Brenda Schmidt, the 7th Saskatchewan Poet Laureate.


Brenda Schmidt reading to a great audience.


The 6th Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Gerald Hill carries on the tradition of presenting a gift to the incoming Poet Laureate.

Thank you to everyone who came out, showed support, and helped celebrate this occasion. The happy hum of conversation in the ballroom under that enormous chandelier will be with me forever. What an amazing community and amazing province in which to live. Cheers to all!

Commencing in 2000, the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Program was the first provincial program of its kind in Canada.  The Saskatchewan Arts Board, Saskatchewan Book Awards and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild are partners in the program, which is under the patronage of the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield. 

Saturday, April 08, 2017

The 16th Annual Poetry Reading happened

...last night at the Flin Flon Public Library, which serves residents on both sides of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. The event was in honour of National Poetry Month and put on by the Flin Flon Writers Guild, Flin Flon Toastmasters, and the Flin Flon Public Library. It always draws a great crowd.


All the readers gave wonderful readings and, as the MC noted, it was clear they had put a lot of thought into what poem they'd read on this occasion. At this event I usually read a poem by a Canadian poet who has passed on and whose work has had a great influence on mine. This time I chose the poem "Afterthought 2" from Robert Kroetsch's book Too Bad: Sketches Toward a Self-Portrait.

Ann Ross and Doug McGregor brought the night to a beautiful close with a performance of Leonard Cohen's "So Long Marianne," the crowd joining in on the chorus. It was so moving.

Thank you to the organizers, readers, and community for another wonderful celebration!

Saturday, April 01, 2017

April is here!

...and it looks like this!


This is near Meridian Creek, Saskatchewan. Down the road from here we watched otters fishing in the heavy rush of the Sturgeon Weir River. Back in town, we saw a bald eagle heading over and heading straight to where the geese were hanging out yesterday. We saw all this because we saw a chipmunk scoot across the snow this morning, the first of the year. As the saying goes up here, when you see a chipmunk it means the bears are waking up, so we went looking. It's early yet, but you never know what's happening under all that snow.