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2021 Sage Hill Autumn Poetry Reading

Thank you to everyone who joined Sage Hill for readings by 
Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer and special guests from the Poetry Colloquium! 

For those who weren’t able to attend or would like to share the experience with others, the event recording link is below. It will be available until September 20, 2021.

Event Recording:

(available until September 20, 2021)


Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer was raised on Saddle Lake Reserve and attended Blue Quills Residential School. Louise is married and has two adult children and three grandsons. She graduated with a Bachelor of social work from the University of Regina. She served as Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate for two years and has traveled extensively. She has served as “keynote speaker” at numerous conferences. Her books, Bear Bones and Feathers, Blue Marrow, The Crooked Good, and Burning In This Midnight Dream published by Coteau Publishers have all received numerous accolades and awards. All will be republished by Brick Books and Kegedonce. Sohkeyihta are selected poems published by Wilfred Laurier Press. Awasis – Kinky and Disheveled was released in the spring of 2021, and published by Brick Books. Louise received the following honorary degrees: Wilfred Laurier University, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, and the University of Saskatchewan and Mount Royal University – Calgary, Alberta. She serves as an Elder and consultant for various committees and departments at the University of Saskatchewan and other provinces.

Many thanks to our funders and sponsors: SK ArtsSaskCulture, Saskatchewan Lotteries, Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada & FriesenPress


2021 Sage Hill Summer Reading Series

Many thanks to everyone who joined us for the Sage Hill Summer Reading Series!



Thank you to 2021 Sage Hill Summer faculty for sharing their work!


Gratitude to Jordan Abel for the thoughtful Kroetsch Keynote.

Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from Vancouver. He is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize). Abel’s latest project NISHGA (forthcoming from McClelland & Stewart in 2021) is a deeply personal and autobiographical book that attempts to address the complications of contemporary Indigenous existence and the often invisible intergenerational impact of residential schools. Abel’s work has recently been anthologized in The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayward), The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry (Anstruther), Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene (Wesleyan), and The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (ARP). Abel’s work has been published in numerous journals and magazines—including Canadian LiteratureThe Capilano Review, and Poetry Is Dead—and his visual poetry has been included in exhibitions at the Polygon Gallery, UNITT/PITT Gallery, and the Oslo Pilot Project Room in Oslo, Norway. Abel recently completed a PhD at Simon Fraser University, and is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta where he teaches Indigenous Literatures and Creative Writing.
Many thanks to our funders and sponsors: SK ArtsSaskCultureCanada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada, The League of Canadian Poets & FriesenPress.




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