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Monday, April 1, 2013

Review: Stealing Home: Baseball Poems by Dwayne Brenna - Spitball Magazine

Spitball, the prestigious American magazine of literary writing on baseball reviewed Dwayne Brenna’s Stealing Home: Baseball Poems, in their spring 2013 edition: Stealing Home is a collection of more than fifty baseball poems by Dwayne Brenna, a Spitball contributor and teacher of drama at the University of Saskatchewan. The breadth of subject is delightfully wide, ranging from poems about playing situations and experiences to imagined sexual pickup lines in the [...]

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Hagios Press Spring 2013 Launch and Reading

From Latitude Drifts - Shelley Banks. [...]

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

ARC Reviews Grid - Dust Maps

An excerpt of a review by Tanis MacDonald  [...]

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Open Book: Toronto Blogger Praises Laurie D Graham’s Rove

Andrew Faulkner writes a blog on Open Book: Toronto. His first book, Need Machine, was published by Coach House Books in April 2013. He wrote about Laurie D Graham’s poetry book Rove in advance of publication. Here is an excerpt: [...]

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Stealing Home author to come to North Battleford

Dwayne Brenna wasn’t different from most kids growing up in rural Saskatchewan, at a young age his dad put him in baseball and he loved it. Fifty years later, Brenna still plays. Baseball runs in his blood, and that’s why he wrote Stealing Home: Baseball Poems. “I always loved this game because no matter what else was happening in my life, baseball was always a refuge for me. It was always som [...]

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Finding Poetry in the Game of Baseball - CBC North

The game of baseball has inspired generations of writers, and now you can add Saskatchewan poet Dwayne Brenna to the list. [...]

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

A Night with Dwayne Brenna and "Stealing Home"

Cover Artist of Stealing Home meets author Dwayne Brenna [...]

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Review: Boy by Victor Enns - Journal of Mennonite Studies

Victor Enns’s latest book of poetry Boy is a work of memoir. The photograph of his family that illustrates the cover page invites the reader to understand the book as personal and autobiographical. Boy takes as its territory that period of childhood from the moment of first consciousness to beginnings of adolescence where one’s life is very much circumscribed by family, school and one’s local community. [...]

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Review: Boy by Victor Enns - Rhubarb

Victor Enns’s fourth poetry collection paints a picture of a rural Manitoba boyhood in a time when TV was new and boys could bike across the U.S. border for a swim. [...]

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Brenda Schmidt Nominated for Saskatchewan Artist Award at the Lieutenant Governor's Arts Awards

Brenda Schmidt, naturalist and author (Grid, Cantos from Wolverine Creek - Hagios Press) from Creighton, Saskatchewan was recently nominated for the prestigious Saskatchewan Artist Award at the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Awards, administered by the Saskatchewan Arts Board. [...]

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Are We Witnessing the Ultimate Demise of Books?

Publisher and Poet Reminds us of The Importance of Books [...]

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Transforming Readers Tour

The Transforming Readers Saskatchewan Library Week Tour offers a one hour presentation featuring two established Saskatchewan writers: Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate, Don Kerr and poet and publisher Paul Wilson. Kerr and Wilson will read from their poetry and discuss the importance of libraries as places of creative endeavour. This tour is supported through the Creative Industries Transition Fund. [...]

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Review Excerpt: Stealing Home by Dwayne Brenna - Arc Poetry Magazine

Dwayne Brenna brings the game of baseball into poetry in a book filled with grace and memory—memory of how this game shaped him into a man and how this man’s identity was shaped by the game. Stealing Home sings of the joy and the beauty of baseball while the stages of life zing past like a cold, hard, 4-seam fastball. [...]

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Review Excerpt: Boy by Victor Enns - Prairie Fire

We are out on the prairie, where inertia can be an optical illusion. The poetry is steeped in guilt and religion, yet isn’t just that. Enns is wry and knowing. Early on in “This Wheel’s on Fire” he sets the alarm in the first line: “Goethe and Schiller are on fire” (23). The school library is burning, and nothing beats the last three lines for their scorching irony:  “the school / is burning down / can you see the light?” [...]

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Prairie Gold: A Harvest of New Books by Two Publishers

Prairie history and prairie themes abound in three new books being launched this month in Regina by two Saskatchewan Publishers. Coteau Books and Hagios Press join forces to launch Swede's Ferry (Coteau), a novel by Allan Safarik, A Country Boy (Hagios), a new memoir by R.D. Symons, and Rove (Hagios) poetry by Laurie D Graham on Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Regina, 2420 Elphinstone St. in Regina. [...]

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hagios Author Reading in Yorkton

Hagios presents readings by Laurie D Graham - Rove and Paul Wilson - The Invisible Library Thurs., Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The Godfrey Dean Art Gallery, 49 Smith St. E. in Yorkton. [...]

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Baseball Poet Writes of a Life-long Love for the Game

For Saskatoon poet, Dwayne Brenna, author of Stealing Home: Baseball Poems (released this month from Hagios Press, Regina), writing poems about baseball is as natural as throwing a curve ball over the corner of home plate. Brenna, has picked up the baseball and rosin bag every spring for fifty-two years, and continues to pitch on old-timer baseball teams such as the Red Deer Playboys, the Saskatoon Outlaws, and the Riverhurst Thumpers. [...]

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hagios Press and Coteau Books Fall 2013 Launch

At the recent fall book launch for Saskatchewan'sHagios Press andCoteau Books, all eyes were on the readers: Allan Safarik, Laurie D. Graham and Trevor Herriot. And the eyes followed the other speakers, too: Nik Burton of Coteau, Paul Wilson of Hagios, and Byrna Barclay of the Saskatchewan Arts Board. And there were more eyes than those of the audience, in this roomful of watchers... [...]

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Reviews: Grid by Brenda Schmidt

There is a moment in Brenda Schmidt’s latest collection of poems, in which the speaker invokes the melodious sing-along of nursery rhyme: [...]

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Review: The Survival Rate of Butterflies In The Wild by Murray Reiss

The Survival Rate of Butterflies In The Wild by Murray Reiss is a hauntingly beautiful book of poetry, influenced largely by Reiss’ childhood memories of his Jewish family’s struggles – not only with their new life in Canada, but with living with the knowledge that they survived the horrors of the holocaust in Poland, while family members perished. [...]

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Can We Stem Today’s Apathy Toward Nature? - Pioneer of Prairie Ecology Inspires a New Generation of Conservationists

Prairie conservationist have their work cut out for them today, as industrial and resource extraction interests destroy habitat for the Greater Sage Grouse and Woodland Caribou, and policy-makers abandon responsibility for Crown grasslands and their endangered species. “Meanwhile,” according to well-known Regina naturalist, Trevor Herriot, “as prairie culture becomes increasingly urbanized, technology-dependent, and farther from the ecological health that our indigenous and set [...]

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Review: Robert David Symons: Countryman: Artist, Writer, Naturalist, Rancher

As Robert Symons lay seriously ill in bed, a friend dropped by to check on him. Sweating profusely, Symons explained that he needed to finish reviewing the proofs for his forthcoming book because “I think I’m going to die tonight.” [...]

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Paul Wilson Interviewed on Global's Winnipeg Morning News

Paul Wilson, author of The Invisible Library, talks about whether physical copies of books are on the decline with the advent of technology such as Kindles and iPads. [...]

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Review: Text offers hope in face of the unbearable

“How can I bury my dead Even their hair and ashes are gone How can I bury my dead Every stone of my village gone How can I bury my dead If they live in me” Thus, in the final lines of his searing meditation in verse on the Holocaust and its legacy of emotional numbness and horrifying images, Saltspring Island poet Murray Reiss on the problem of poetry after the Shoah has amply demonstrated the victory of chaos over form, hatred over love, cold technocratic efficiency over human grie [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Revealing The Holocaust in a New and Startling Way - Next Generation Poet Find Words for the Unspeakable

Months before poet Murray Reiss was born, his father learned that everyone in his family had perished in the Holocaust.  From the day Reiss was born to when his father died, 20 years later, he never spoke a word about the loss of his family.  The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild (Hagios Press; 2013) is how Reiss filled his father’s silence with images, metaphors, guesses and dreams – in short, with poems. [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: David Elias on his Novella, Henry’s Game

“I’m no good in the heat.” [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: Murray Reiss on his poetry book, The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild

Months before I was born my father learned that everyone in his family had perished in the Holocaust. From when I was born to when he died, 20 years later, he never spoke a word about them. The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild is my attempt to inhabit that silence with images, metaphors, guesses and dreams — in short, with poems. [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: Dwayne Brenna on his poetry book, Stealing Home: Baseball Poems

When I began working on Stealing Home in 2008, I was living in Edmonton and thinking a lot about Saskatchewan.  I had grown up on a farm near Naicam, where my first memories of baseball were of standing in a pasture with my brother as my father hit pop flies out to us.  My dad instilled a love of the game in both my brother and me, and so a meditation on home became a meditation about baseball.   My memories stretched back to the Sunday evening when my dad first drov [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: Mitch Spray on The History of Naming Cows

My first book of poetry explores the playfulness, the freedom, the moments of silence and the harsh realities of growing up on the farm. It gives a unique perspective on how the reality and perception of farm life rarely meet. A corollary is that the public’s perception of poetry and what my work embodies rarely meet either. [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: Brenda Schmidt on Grid

The beauty of forest and lakes surrounds me. You’ll find this in the poems in Grid. My house sits on top of the rock of the Canadian Shield in Creighton, a mining town in northern Saskatchewan. I live 1000 metres away from the south wall of the tailings pond. You’ll find this in my poems as well. [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: Harold Rhenisch on The Spoken World

I call my book “The Spoken World” because it’s a talk between friends. My friend Robin Skelton and I talked for decades, in person in his big sprawling house full of paintings and magic, and in the poetic forms he stole from me and the ones I stole from him. We talked for so long that the talk is everything and has continued long after his death. “If I can’t hear the music in a poem,” he said, “I can’t trust it. It’s not finished.” Thes [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: Phyllis Nakonechny on Vidh: A Book of Mourning

After my husband’s death, came what I call the astonishment of grief. My astonishment came from the immediate and surprising realization that I felt cut off from everything and everyone around me. It is this immediate sense of separateness and emptiness that followed the death of my husband and the unexpected loss of identity – as if I had been emptied of myself – that I address in my book Vidh: A Book of Mourning. [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: Lorri Neilsen Glenn on Threading Light: Explorations of Loss and Poetry

When I was a young university student in Saskatoon in the 1960's, my fiancé shot himself. His unexpected suicide haunted me for decades. His death would be the first in a long series of losses that prompted me to put pen to paper. [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: Jeff Park on The Cellophane Sky

The Cellophane Sky is a book written out of love for both jazz and poetry.  I worked on the book for years, sometimes spending as long as a month on an individual poem, trying to get into the essence of the music and the lives of the musicians involved.  The book focuses on jazz, but in many ways it is an exploration of creativity and what it means to be human. [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Parent to Parent answers on Autism

“People always ask me when I knew that Noah was …different. I never know how to answer that question. Knew is a really strong word.”  Kelley Jo Burke, from Ducks on the Book: A Parent Meets Autism. [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: Paul Wilson Interview on The Invisible Library

I know the term invisible books refers to books that only appear in other books, that is, unwritten, unread, unpublished, and unfound. Can you say a little more about that? [...]

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Review Excerpt: Rove by Laurie D. Graham - Telegraph Journal

Mike Landry's review of Rove by Laurie D. Graham appeared on December 07 2013 in Salon, New Brunswick's home for fine art and culture in the Telegraph-Journal. [...]

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Review Excerpt: The Survival Rate of Butterflies In The Wild by Murray Reiss - The Vancouver Sun

Reiss has found a way in this remarkable new book of verse to meet the challenge of finding words for the unspeakable. The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild is a tough book to read, full of the paradoxical horrors of feeling too much and feeling nothing at all, rich with tightly disciplined lines that come as close as language can to addressing what may be humankind’s most appalling demonstration of just how far we can go into the darkness, and does it all without rhetoric [...]

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Review: Lorna Crozier on The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild

When one of her former students gave Lorna Crozier a copy of The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild by Murray Reiss she was both moved an astounded by the book. She recently wrote to Hagios Press and Murray Reiss with this response... “I’m stunned with the magnificence of the poetry in The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild by Murray Reiss. He has found a way to look at an age-old subject in a startling new way. His images, his images! Reiss’s con [...]

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hagios Author Selected as Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild is delighted to announce that Judith Krause of Regina is the new Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan. Her term will begin January 1, 2014 and will run until December 31, 2015. Judith Krause is a Regina poet, editor and educator whose publications include four books of poetry and a collaborative chapbook. A fifth collection tentatively entitl [...]

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Laurie D Graham Launches Rove at Type Books with Words from Michael Ondaatje and Dionne Brand

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Saskatchewan's New Poet Laureate - Leader-Post

Emma Graney has written a feature on new Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Judith Krause for the Regina Leader-Post. Here is some of what she had to say: [...]

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