Nov. 9, 2009

Catherine Owen
Catherine Owen’s work has appeared in periodicals such as The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead and Poetry Salzburg. Titles include: Somatic – The Life and Work of Egon Schiele (Exile Editions 1998), nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award, The Wrecks of Eden (Wolsak and Wynn, 02), shortlisted for the BC Book Prize, and her recent collections, Shall: ghazals (Wolsak and Wynn, 06) and Cusp/detritus (Anvil Press, 06), both long-listed for the Relit Prize. DOG, a collaboration with Joe Rosenblatt on the sonnet form, appeared from Mansfield Press in 2008. Her new book is Frenzy, a compilation of muse-quests, from Anvil Press 2009.

A selection from Seeing Lessons, on the pioneer photographer, Mattie Gunterman was shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards in 2007. A short story, “Food I ate With Frank” was nominated for the Matrix Lit Pop award in 2008, and two poems were shortlisted for the Earle Birney Prize in 2009. Her poems have been translated into Italian (Caneide with Joe Rosenblatt, 05), Turkish and Korean. She has a Masters degree in English (Simon Fraser University, 01 on Robinson Jeffers) and collaborates with multiple artists, including serving as bassist and singer in the bands INHUMAN and Helgrind.

Betty Jane Hegerat

Betty Jane Hegerat has been a social worker, a teacher, and a serious student of fiction. She has had the privilege of attending Sage Hill, the Banff Centre, and UBC where she completed an MFA in Creative Writing in 2008. Running Toward Home, a novel, was published in 2006 (NeWest Press), A Crack in the Wall, short stories, was published in 2008 (Oolichan Books), and Delivery, a novel, is upcoming in October, 2009 (Oolichan Books).

Domesticity, the messy dynamics of family, the search for “home”, and a deep-rooted love of the Alberta landscape underpin her stories and her obsession with finding truth through examining the secrets and lies in ordinary lives.

Betty Jane teaches creative writing for Continuing Education at the University of Calgary, and the Alexandra Writers Centre and is the 2009 Writer in Residence at the Memorial Park Library.

Dave Margoshes

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Dave Margoshes is writer living in Regina. His stories and poems have been widely published in literary magazines and anthologies. His book Bix’s Trumpet and Other Stories was named Book of the Year at the 2007 Saskatchewan Book Awards. Tonight will be the Regina launch of his new collection of poetry, The Horse Knows the Way, which just appeared from Buschek Books and is a double finalist in the 2009 Saskatchewan Book Awards to be given out at the end of November. Another book of poetry is coming out next year.

Dave Carpenter


David Carpenter is launching a book of novellas and long stories he began writing more than 30 years ago. This, his eleventh book, will be a celebration of his entire career as a fiction writer. It began in Fort San in 1977, when he was trying (with little success) to write his first novel, The Loving of Michael Goggins. That novel finally emerged in considerably altered form 2008 as Niceman Cometh. He is currently at work on The Literary History of Saskatchewan.

dee Hobsbawn-Smith


dee Hobsbawn-Smith is an emerging artist who lives in Calgary. She writes poetry and fiction.