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dee Hobsbawn-Smith is a poet, essayist, fictionist, journalist and food writer. Her award-winning work has appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, anthologies, chapbooks and literary journals in Canada, the USA and elsewhere.
A Red Seal chef, dee's restaurant, Foodsmith, was a leader in Calgary's emerging locavore scene between 1992 and 1994, where she served for many years as a chef, educator, journalist, gate-to-plate food tour facilitator, and culinary consultant to the Alberta government. As an Alberta-based chef and foodie, she wrote three national best-selling cookbooks and a culinary resource guide. Her fifth book, Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet, examined the politics, ethics and challenges of small-scale sustainable food production. It won the Best Canadian English-language Food Literature Award in the 2013 Gourmand World Book Awards; Best Culinary Book in the 2013 High Plains Book Awards; and in 2014, third place in Les Dames d'Escoffier M.F.K. Fisher Writing Award for North American and United Kingdom women writers.
In 2014, Hagios Press published dee's first poetry collection, Wildness Rushing In, a finalist for the 2015 SK Book Awards Best Poetry Collection and Book of the Year. Her short story collection, What Can't Be Undone, was published in 2015 by Thistledown Press. Her essay collection-in-progress, Bread & Water, came 2nd in the SWG's 2014 J. V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award, and has been accepted by the University of Regina Press, publicaton date TBA. Her long poem series, Jeanne Dark come of age on the prairie, was published by Espresso Chapbooks in 2018. Her second full-length poetry manuscript, What I didn't know I needed to say, is in process, as is her first novel, Dryland Diaries.
dee's poems, essays and short ficton have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, among them Creative Nonfiction, Gastronomica, Prairie Fire, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, Canadian Literature and Grain. She has had poems appear in numerous anthologies, including Wilf Perreault: On the Alley/Dans la Ruelle; Life of Pie; 70; Line Dance; Entanglements Eco-poetry; Pith & Wry; Seek It: Writers & Artists Do Sleep;The Challenge of Three; and None and All of This is True. Her essay, "Wiebo's Way", won the 2018 Prairie Fire McNally Robinson Creative Nonfction Contest.
dee completed her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, and is currently earning her MA in English at the U of S. dee facilitated Sage Hill's Saskatoon Teen Writing Experience for three summers, served as adjunct instructor of creative writing at St. Peter's College, Muenster, SK, and as a mentor in the SWG's Mentorship Program. She served as the Saskatoon Public Library's 35th Writer in Residence, for three years as Poetry Editor for Grain, and currently writes a column for Grainews.
A passionate local foods advocate, dee was a member of Slow Food Calgary' steering committee for ten years, including three years as its leader, and she attended Slow Food's 2008 Terra Madre conference in Torino, Italy as an Alberta delegate. In 2011, she co-founded Slow Food Saskatoon, and served as its leader. She was named a Slow Food Hero in 2018 by Slow Food Canada. She has two wonderful sons, both of whom are fabulous cooks. At present, she lives on family land in Treaty 6 Territory, west of Saskatoon with her husband, the writer Dave Margoshes, their dog, cats and books. She acknowledges her relational bonds with the Cree, Nakoda, Dakota, Saulteaux and Dene, and the Metis Nation, traditional dwellers on this land.
writer, poet, chef, runner
Thistledown Press, 2015
Hagios Press, 2014
TouchWood Editions, 2012
Last Impression Publishing, 2008
Whitecap Books, 2004
Whitecap Books, 2002
Whitecap Books, 2000
Whitecap Books, 1999
Whitecap Books, 1997