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Robert Currie
Moose Jaw
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Robert Currie

Robert Currie, who was born in Lloydminster, lives in Moose Jaw, where for three decades he taught English and creative writing at Central Collegiate, winning the Joseph Duffy Memorial Award for excellence in the teaching of language arts. He and his wife, Gwen, continue to live in the same house where they raised their children, Bronwen and Ryan, both of whom have moved on, raising children of their own. Currie began publishing poetry and fiction in 1967, and since then his work has appeared in numerous literary magazines (Grain, Canadian Forum, Fiddlehead, CVII, NeWest Review, Queen's Quarterly, Wascana Review, and Prairie Fire included) plus more than 60 anthologies. He is the author of four poetry chapbooks, eight books of poetry and four of prose, including the novel Teaching Mr. Cutler and his most recent volume of poems One-Way Ticket. In 1969 he founded Salt, a little magazine of contemporary writing, which he edited and published for seven years.Although its pages were cranked out on an old gestetner, they contained many good writers before they were famous, Lorna Crozier, Lois Simmie, Glen Sorestad, and Carol Shields among them. Currie was chairman of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild for 1973-1974, wrote a column for FreeLance, taught creative writing four summers at the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts at Fort San, and, with Gary Hyland, Barbara Sapergia and Geoffrey Ursell, founded Coteau Books on 1975—and volunteered on its board for over 40 years. Beginning in 1997 he spent six years on the Guild's Colony Committee.He was also a founding board member of the Saskatchewan Festival of Words, serving on its board for 23 years.In 2006 he was thrilled to be on the faculty of the Sage Hill Writing Experience at Lumsden, teaching there for three summers. In 1980 Currie won third prize for poetry in the CBC National Literary Competition. He has won first prize on four occasions in the Saskatchewan Writers Guild Literary Awards (thrice for poetry, once for children's literature).One of his radio plays won the 1977 Ohio State Award for Radio Drama.In 1984 he was honoured by the Saskatchewan Writers Guild with a Founder's Award, and in 2004 he received the Guild's Volunteer Leadership Award. In 2009 he was honoured to receoive the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. Shimmers of Light, his new and selected poems, will be published by Thistledown Press in 2021.

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  • Literary


  • Manuscript Critiquing (Not Editing)
  • Production Editing
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