WindScript Magazine Launch

Monday, May 20th, 2019 1- 3 PM

WindScript is the annual magazine of high school writing published by the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild since 1983. The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild is proud to support the fresh, original work of student writers.

Photo credit: Inger Bonli

Featured Performer - Alasdair Rees

Alasdair Rees is a Fransaskois artist with fingers in many pies. He is a former Saskatoon individual poetry slam champion, teaches cultural studies and French at the University of Saskatchewan, and has served a term as the Regina Public Interest Research Group's Artist in Residence. Alasdair is the current Youth Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan. His work has been exhibited across Western Canada and can be read in GUTS, Urbania, Oratorealis, Revue Moebius, and ÖMËGÄ.

Tea Gerbeza

Hosted By Tea Gerbeza

Tea Gerbeza is a poet from Regina, Saskatchewan. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Creative Writing at the University of Regina. In her free time, Tea is a quiller of paper gardens and bouquets, and loves to have adventures with her dog, Tonks. Tea has been published in Poetry is Dead and [SPACE], and has an essay published in Time Lords & Tribbles, Winchesters & Muggles: The DePaul Pop Culture Conference, A Five-Year Retrospective.

Workshop with Fabrice Koffy: Slam to Animate Words / Le Slam pour Animer les Mots

Monday, May 20 3:30 - 5:30 PM

The Artesian (2627 13th Ave)

Join the Vertigo Series and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild for an afternoon writing and performance workshop with Montreal-based spoken word performer Fabrice Koffy.

The workshop will be rhythmic and structured. Initially, written and oral exercises will be juxtaposed with games to use the body in space. Short oral history and poetry presentations will punctuate the session. Little by little, while integrating various techniques, the participants will be able to express themselves through the construction of a personal text within which they will have chosen a theme.

Les ateliers sont rythmés et structurés. Au départ, aux exercices à l’écrit et à l’oral sont juxtaposés des jeux permettant d’utiliser son corps dans l’espace. De courts exposés d’histoire de l’oralité et de la poésie ponctuent les séances. Petit à petit, tout en assimilant diverses techniques, les participants seront amenés à s’exprimer grâce à la construction d’un texte personnel dont ils auront choisi le thème porteur.

About Fabrice Koffy:

Originally from the Ivory Coast, Fabrice Koffy settled in Montreal in 1998 to continue his university studies. It is here that he began to express himself as an artist and joined the famous collective, Kalmunity Vibe, with which he has collaborated for several years. In 2006, he met guitarist Guillaume Soucy. A complicity set in and from this prolific union has come a series of shows and the album Poésic, published in 2009 and selected by the Festival Vue sur la Relève and the FrancoFolies de Montréal. In 2016, he received the Coup de coeur awards from Ici Musique, Diversité artistique Montréal and La Vitrine culturelle, at the 6th edition of the Vitrine des musiques locales métissées, presented by Vision Diversité. His urban poetry tells us about life through stories where the human being plays the main role.

Originaire de Côte d'Ivoire, il s'établit en 1998 à Montréal afin de poursuivre ses études universitaires. C'est ici qu'il commence à s'exprimer en tant qu'artiste et rejoint le célèbre collectif Kalmunity Vibe, avec lequel il collabore pendant plusieurs années. C'est en 2006 qu'il fait la rencontre du guitariste Guillaume Soucy. Une complicité s'installe et de cette prolifique union naissent une série de spectacles et l'album Poésic, paru en 2009 et sélectionné par le Festival Vue sur la Relève et les FrancoFolies de Montréal. C'est en 2016 qu'il reçoit les Prix Coup de coeur d'Ici Musique, de Diversité artistique Montréal et de La Vitrine culturelle, lors de la 6e édition de la Vitrine des musiques locales métissées, présentée par Vision Diversité. Sa poésie urbaine nous parle de la vie, à travers des histoires où l'être humain tient le rôle principale.

Vertigo Series Open Stage

Monday, May 20th, 2019 7 - 10 PM

The Artesian (2627 13th Ave)

Bring your words, poems, songs, stories, and spoken word to share on the Open Stage! Set your words to music with house musicians! Feature performance by Montreal poet Fabrice Koffy.

See Vertigo Series Website for author bio and more details.

Poetry Slam

Tuesday, May 21th, 2019 7 - 9 PM

Mercury Cafe (2936 13th Ave)

Put down your toonie, write your masterpiece and perform! Poets up to 18 years and poets 18 to 108 are awarded points for prizes. Sign up before 7:30. Our esteemed Emcee will keep the action going, and jurors, including guest juror Fabrice Koffy, will make the tough calls on who wins this year's bragging rights.

Word UP Poetry Slam featuring Fabrice Koffy

Wednesday, May 22th, 2019 Doors at 7:30, Slam begins at 8:30 PM

The Artesian (2627 13th Ave )

Please join the Regina Word Up community at the Artesian on 13th for a Poetry Slam featuring a performance by Fabrice Koffy followed by our poetry slam at 8:30. and hosted by Devon Dozlaw. Sign up at the door!

For a complete list of rules, visit

Saskatchewan Book Awards Presents:

Thursday, May 23th, 2019 7 - 8 PM

The Artesian (2627 13th Ave)

Chelsea Coupal

Chelsea Coupal grew up in the village of Sedley, Saskatchewan and now lives in Regina, where she completed a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing. She won the 2017 City of Regina Writing Award and was shortlisted for CV2’s 2016 Young Buck Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals across Canada, including Arc, CV2 and Grain.

David Robert Loblaw

David Robert Loblaw lives on the windy flatlands of Canada with his wife and hound dogs. He has never learned to type with more than one finger or swim. His lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut will start to come true this weekend when he wins the big lottery. "David G Grade 3” is his first book, a memoir.

Randy Lundy

Randy Lundy is a member of the Barren Lands (Cree) First Nation, Brochet, MB. Born in Thompson, in northern Manitoba, he has lived most of his life in Saskatchewan. He grew up near Hudson Bay, SK, just a stone’s throw from the confluence of the Fir, Etamomi, and Red Deer Rivers. He completed a B.A. (Hons.) and an M.A. in English at the University of Saskatchewan, where he studied religion, philosophy, and Indigenous literatures, completing a thesis on the plays of Tomson Highway. He has published two books of poetry, Under the Night Sun (1999) and Gift of the Hawk (2004). Blackbird Song is his third book of poems. His poetry has been widely anthologised, including in the seminal texts Native Poetry in Canada: A Contemporary Anthology and An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English. His poetry has appeared also in anthologies in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. He has published scholarly articles on writing and on the work of playwrights Tomson Highway and Daniel David Moses. Randy also writes short stories and is currently working on a manuscript entitled Certainties, as well as a fourth manuscript of poetry, Backyard Metaphysics.

Saskatchewan Writers Guild 50th Anniversary:

Thursday, May 23th, 2019 8-10 PM

The Artesian (2627 13th Ave)

Join Jillian Bell, President of the SWG, in conversation with founding members of the Guild, including Jean Freeman, followed by lightning short readings by SWG members. And there will be cake!