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Award winning poet and teacher in Val Marie this July

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From Friday July 15-17 in Val Marie, the award-winning American poet and teacher Roger Mitchell leads the Grasslands Weekend Writing Experience.

 

Writers at all levels are invited to join Roger Mitchell in experiencing the Grasslands and then in shaping their experience into written form.
Approximately two weeks after the workshop, participants will be encouraged to return their grassland writing to Roger Mitchell  to be published as an online chapbook.
Roger Mitchell is the author of eleven books of poetry and a work of nonfiction, Clear Pond, which won the John Ben Snow Foundation Prize. Other honors and awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as the Akron Prize, the River Styx International Poetry Award, Ren Hen Press’s Ruskin Art Club Award, and others.
During his residency Roger Mitchell will lead the Grasslands Weekend Writing Experience, host a Words and Music Open Mic at the Val Marie Hotel, and offer drop-in Office Hours in Grasslands National Park and other locations. Please disturb the writer at work.
More information about the workshop is available on the Prairie Wind website at www.pwss.org or by phoning 306-298-7782.
Roger Mitchell is the first resident artist of the 2016 season, hosted by Prairie Wind & Silver Sage, Val Marie’s provincially recognized ecomuseum.
The Artist Residency program, now in its third year, annually hosts four or five artists in all disciplines. While they are in residence, the artists spend 50% of their time on their own work and 50% on projects in the community.
Other resident artists in 2016 include poet Bren Simmers from Brackendale, BC, musicians Melissa Goodchild and Kevin Brady from Saskatoon, and photographer Valerie Zink, also of Saskatoon. The PWSS artist residency program is cosponsored with Grasslands National Park and funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture/Saskatchewan Lotteries.
 

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