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Hagios Author Selected as Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

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Hagios Press would like to congratulate Judith Krause, author of Mongrel Love and Homage to Happiness, forthcoming in the fall of 2014 from Hagios Press, for being selected as Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate for the next three years. Judith Krause is the third consecutive Poet Laureate to publish a book with Hagios Press during their term. Robert Currie published Witness, and Don Kerr published Wind Thrashing your Heart during their terms as Poet Laureate.

Here is the official press release from the Saskatchewan Writers Guild:

New Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Announced

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 entitled Homage to Happiness is slated for publication in the fall of 2014. Judith has studied writing in Canada, France, and the US where she completed an MFA in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared online or in print in Canada, the US and in Ireland. She is a two-time winner of the City of Regina Writing Award and co-winner of the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Award.

In choosing the new Poet Laureate, the Selection Committee believes it is important that Poet Laureate have “meaningful connections with other writers and experience organizing occasions for thinking about poetry differently.” While the Committee trusts that Judith Krause possesses the qualities needed for the position, they recognize that her extensive teaching experience at SIAST, Fort San and Sage Hill provides her with additional experience in communicating poetry.

Krause is the fifth person to hold the title of Poet Laureate; her four predecessors were Glen Sorestad (2000-2004), Louise B. Halfe (2005-2006), Robert Currie (2007-2010), and Donald Kerr (2010-2012).

Commencing in 2000, the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Program was the first provincial program of its kind in Canada. The Saskatchewan Arts Board, Saskatchewan Book Awards and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild are partners in the program, which is under the patronage of the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield.

For more information:
Tracy Hamon
SWG Program Manager
Tel: (306) 791-7743 Email: programs@skwriter.com

Bio of Judith Krause

Judith Krause is a Regina poet, editor and educator whose publications include four books of poetry and a collaborative chapbook. A fifth collection tentatively entitled Homage to Happiness is slated for publication in the fall of 2014. Her work has appeared online or in print in Canada, the US and in Ireland. She has given readings from her work across Western Canada and in the US.

Judith is a two-time winner of the City of Regina Writing Award and co-winner of the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Award. Two of her books have been short listed in the “Book of the Year” category and the “City of Regina” category of Saskatchewan Book Awards. She has studied writing in Canada, France, and the US where she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. Judith has received support for her writing from both the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Canada Council, and has been awarded residencies and fellowships in the US at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

A past president of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, Judith has worked as Literary Arts Consultant to the Saskatchewan Arts Board, co-coordinated the Creative Writing Program at the Saskatchewan School of the Arts and has taught creative writing classes through the University of Regina Extension, at the Saskatchewan School of the Arts at Fort San, and at the Sage Hill Writing Experience. She served as a writing mentor three times through the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild Mentorship Program. She has been active in publishing, acting as poetry editor for periodicals including Windscript, Grain and Spring, and for anthologies including Sundog Highway, Out of Place and six individual poetry collections for first-time and established authors for three different literary presses.

She served as a co-judge of the League of Canadian Poets National Poetry Contest, and on the juries for the Gerald Lampert Award and the Pat Lowther Award. She has also served on a variety of advisory committees, as a judge for provincial writing competitions and on arts juries. She is an original member of one of the longest running writing groups in the province and remains active in the local writing community.

Judith’s home is in Regina where she teaches adults in the Basic Education program at SIAST.

URL: www.skwriter.com/programs-and-services/poet-laureate-biography

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