Windscript Launch Special Guest Chelsea Coupal

WindScript Magazine Launch 

Monday May 21 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
The Artesian

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild presents the launch of Windscript magazine vol. 34, featuring the some of the best writing by high school students in Saskatchewan. Guest poet Chelsea Coupal will be doing a featured reading.

Contributors for this year’s Windscript will read from their work, and awards will be presented for the best work in poetry and prose.

Chelsea Coupal’s first poetry collection is forthcoming with Coteau Books in May 2018. She won the 2017 City of Regina Writing Award and was shortlisted for CV2’s 2016 Young Buck Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in literary journals across Canada, including Arc, EVENT and Grain. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Regina. 

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Vertigo features Dan Tysdal

Vertigo Series Open Stage

Monday May 21 7:30 pm
The Artesian

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 Daniel Scott Tysdal.

Daniel Scott Tysdal is the ReLit Award winning author of three books of poetry, the poetry textbook The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems (Oxford University Press), and the TEDx talk, “Everything You Need to Write a Poem (and How It Can Save a Life).” Tysdal’s work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Best Canadian Poetry, Best Canadian Essays, and The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry. He is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

See Vertigo Series Website for author bio and more details

An Evening with Ken Mitchell

Tuesday May 22  6:45pm - 7:45pm
The Artesian On 13th

Ken Mitchell is a former professor at the University of Regina and the successful author of novels, poetry, and drama. He has presented his work around the world, including China, England, Scotland, Cuba, and India, where he met the Dalai Lama and began writing his novel Stones of the Dalai Lama. He has been honoured with the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the Order of Canada, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Regina.

On May 22, Ken will present an evening of Cowboy Poetry to festival goers, highlighting several of his own compositions, and some traditional poems adapted to the cowboy culture of the prairie west.
Poetry Slam juror Bruce Rice
Poetry Slam juror Andrew Battershill

Poetry Slam

Tuesday May 22  7pm - 10pm
The Mercury Cafe

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. Emcee and esteemed poet Gerry Hill will keep the action going, and jurors Carla Beck, Andrew Battershill, and Bruce Rice will make the tough calls on who wins this year's bragging rights.

Andrew Battershill's first novel, Pillow, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Sunburst Award and shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Award. His second novel, Marry, Bang, Kill, was released in March of this year. He is the 2017-2018 Writer-in-Residence at the Regina Public Library.

Bruce Rice is a poet and editor living in Cathedral Neighbourhood. His collection, Life in the Canopy (Radiant Press) was nominated for Saskatchewan Book of the Year, and The Trouble With Beauty (Coteau) received the 2015 Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry.

Carla Beck is the MLA for Regina Lakeview, and a local hero.

Word UP features Zoey Roy

Word UP Slam Featuring Zoey Roy

Wednesday May 23, Doors 7pm/Slam 8pm
The Artesian

Sign up at the door/Max 12, first come, first served All ages/+19 cash bar
A poetry slam is a dialogue between audience and performer, a competitive event in a high- spirited, fast-paced environment to an often uproarious crowd. For a complete list of rules, visit

Zoey Roy is a spoken word poet, an educator, and an advocate who has a passion for breathing life into the fire within our communities. She does this with 3 Things Consulting and on her own when she is called. She teaches songwriting and storytelling with the National Arts Centre, where she witnesses, all of the time, the brilliance and creativity that is so alive within children – so, she celebrates that. This poet has been spilling the observations of an Indigenous woman all over the country for ten years.

Book Awards Presents: Anne CampbellSaskatchewan Book Awards Presents Marlis WesslerSaskatchewan Book Awards Presents Tenille Campbell

Saskatchewan Book Awards Presents

Thursday May 24  7:00 pm
The Artesian

Anne Campbell will read from her most recent book of poems, Fabric of the Day. Marlis Wesseler will share some of the madcap and yet deadly serious adventures of The Last Chance Ladies' Book Club. Tenille K. Campbell's #Indian Love Poems brought down the house at her Vertigo reading earlier this year. Be prepared to be entertained with these authors and their winning ways.

Anne Campbell is an award-winning author of five collections of poetry and of popular non-fiction. Readings of her work, workshops, and musical compositions with Tom Schudel have taken her across Canada, the USA, and Britain. Her many awards include the City of Regina Writing Award, the Mayor’s Arts Award, and the Mayor’s Heritage Award. Campbell lives in Regina.

Marlis Wesseler lives in Regina where, besides writing fiction, she has worked in education and publishing. She has written four award-nominated books: Life Skills, Imitating Art, Elvis Unplugged, and South of the Border. An earlier version of The Last Chance Ladies’ Book Club won a John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award.

Tenille K. Campbell is a Dene & Métis author and photographer from English River First Nation in Northern Saskatchewan. She is a PhD student at the University of Saskatchewan, focusing on Indigenous Literature. Her poetry collection #IndianLovePoems humourously delves into the truths of love and lust within Indigenous communities.