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Bernadette Wagner is a published author and editor, a teacher of meditation and writing, and an award-winning writer and community-builder. Recipient of the YWCA of Canada Award for Program Design and Delivery, the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild Hyland Volunteer Award, and Individual Artist Awards from Sk-Arts, she strives to give back what she’s been given. In 2002 she launched B Print Ink with the micropress, B Print Editions, publishing chapbooks by Sask women who had not yet published a book. Though the publishing arm has slowed, the writing, editing, and mentoring has not and, in August 2021, she launched the B Print Ink Writers Room with webinars, workshops, and classes designed to help writers find their voice, build a practice, and craft their work in a safe, supportive, and friendly environment.
Bernadette recently edited nato’ we ho win – The Art of Self-Healing by Traditional Indigenous Women’s Knowledge Keeper, Barbara Fraser, published by the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan. And, she’s currently mentoring and facilitating a group of emerging writers from underserved communities for the Writers Collective of Canada. Her two poetry collections, The Dry Valley (Radiant Press, 2019) and This hot place (Thistledown Press, 2010), were shortlisted for Sask Book Awards. An excerpt from an unpublished novel placed first for Children’s Literature in the 2012 SWG Short Manuscript Awards. In 2020 an excerpt from her hybrid manuscript of poetry and creative nonfiction about uranium tied as runner-up for the City of Regina Writing Award. In 2021 dthat manuscript was recognized with 3rd place in the John V Hicks Long Manuscript Awards for Poetry.
Over more than 25 years in the writing community she’s developed and presented webinars, workshops, and courses both online and off for multiple nonprofit, community-based organizations in dozens of classrooms and communities. She served on more than 20 boards of directors over 30 years, founded organizations and writing groups while raising two children to adulthood. She lives and works in Regina SK.
Poems, stories, anecdotes, and images inspired by two visits to Hiroshima, Japan, two years of research, and two years of recovery and revisions. In naming this work as tied for runner-up City of Regina Writing Award judges, J. Jill Robinson and Jordan Abel, said,
"The work ... is bold, difficult, and necessary. The writing here happens at the intersection between poetry and creative non-fiction, and, because of this, moves between genres in a way that requires careful reconsideration of what genre is and to where its boundaries extend. Here, the writer also tackles an intergenerational line of questioning that requires both a reflection on the past and an insistence to think through the future. This is excellent work."
Together with the Saskatchewan Council for International Co-operation, a four-part workshop series linking the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals with the craft of writing as a means of building a larger, stronger voice for people, worldwide. Can be adapted for classroom use.
Radiant Press, 2019, Publication
Thistledown Press, 2010,