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The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan are pleased to present Stories Under a Living Sky: From Many Stories Strength.
This event features powerful performances by artists Khodi Dill, Elena Bentley, Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Carol Rose GoldenEagle, and Saskatchewan Youth Poet Laureate Warsha Mushtaq and incorporates conversation and story sharing centered around Land, Relationship, and Community, moderated by our host, Neil Aitken.
Khodi Dill is a Bahamian-Canadian writer, spoken word artist, and anti-racist educator from Saskatoon. Centering equity at the heart of his work, Khodi hopes that his writing will engage people of all ages in both social justice and the arts. Dill is the author of the picture book Welcome to the Cypher (Annick Press), introducing young people to the transformative power of rap music. His forthcoming picture book Little Black Lives Matter (Seven Stories Press) is now available for pre-order everywhere. For more on Khodi, visit thegreygriot.com.
Elena Bentley (she/her) is a disabled, bi, and Métis/settler emerging poet, editor, and children’s book author (The Pickle in Grandma’s Fridge, 2022, YNWP). She is a Citizen of Métis Nation-Saskatchewan, and she holds an MA in English from the University of Toronto. Elena’s poetry has been published in various magazines and journals, including Arc Poetry, The Malahat Review, PRISM international, and Room, and is forthcoming in Grain.
Carol Rose GoldenEagle is the 9th Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan. Carol is an award-winning novelist, poet, and journalist with over 30 years experience of bringing stories to life. She has been a mentor, artist-in-residence, workshop facilitator and featured storyteller. In 2017, her book Bearskin Diary was chosen as the national title for the Aboriginal Literature Award, and shortlisted for three Saskatchewan Book Awards. The French language translation of this novel, Peau D’ours, won a 2019 Saskatchewan Book Award, the Prix du Livre Français. Carol’s first poetry book, Hiraeth (2019), was shortlisted for the 2019 Saskatchewan Book Awards, and Narrows of Fear (2020) was a 2021 Saskatchewan Book Awards winner. Her other books include Bone Black (2019), and Essential Ingredients (2021). Her works touch on topics from parenthood to Indigenous teachings and culture.
Warsha Mushtaq is a writer, poet, environmentalist, and amateur astronomer. She is an avid climate activist and sits on the Earth Guardians Youth Council, where she works with her community to tackle environmental challenges, from protecting old-growth forests to leading climate strikes. She is also a first-year student at the University of Saskatchewan studying History and English. Her poetry finds inspiration from her culture and family history. In a voice that is equal parts theologian, mystic, and linguist, these poems weave their way through Quranic parables, Islamic culture and traditions, unwritten letters of borders and migration and social movements. From ghazal to the qasida, her poems preserve stories of Islamic dynasties, family history, displacement, and Sufi philosophy.
Neil Aitken is a Chinese-Scottish Canadian writer, editor, translator, and librettist with an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Literature & Creative Writing. The founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review and a former computer games programmer, Neil is the author of two books of poetry, Babbage’s Dream and The Lost Country of Sight, winner of the Philip Levine Prize. He was the 2020 SWG Virtual Writer-in-Residence and recently completed a 10-month term as the Writer-in-Residence at the Regina Public Library. He presently works as a creative writing coach and manuscript editor. Visit him online at www.neil-aitken.com.
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