Dave Margoshes Reels in the Poetry Prize

Our David won the Poetry Prize for Dimensions of an Orchard (Black Moss Press). Dave wasn’t able to be in Regina to receive his prize (I tried to claim it, but no dice). When ever he’s not right in front of me, this is how I picture him:

Dave, wherever you are, congratulations! All the winners — including Regina writers Sandra Birdsell, Dianne Warren, and Jo-Ann Episkenew among many others — are listed at the Saskatchewan Book Awards website.

The awards were great, as always: the salty food, the groaner jokes, the smarmy government speech about Saskatchewan Pride, and how artists have contracts now and don’t we all just love arts (I swear I’ve heard the same speech from three different representatives at other events), the outfits… (the outfits!), the books (the books!) the Centre of the Arts and the rabbits in the parking lot… It’s the total package for a full and inspiring Regina Saturday night.

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Author: Carle Steel

Carle Steel was a simple moisture farmer on a barren, sun-baked world who, through fate and destiny, brought the mighty Galactic Empire to its knees. She likes cats, bats, mice and you.

4 thoughts on “Dave Margoshes Reels in the Poetry Prize”

  1. The link is fixed now.

    I can relate to the contract thing totally Carle. I recently contributed to a magazine in the province that doesn’t have the resources to pay writers for their submissions (you get a discount price on the copies of the magazine that you purchase instead). The only benefit I obtained from the new Sask Party law requiring engagers and artists to have formal contracts is that I got to skim three pages of legalese outlining what aspects of my copyright I was surrendering and then signing the document and faxing it back to the publisher. This isn’t meant as a slag against the magazine either. Without much in the way of a revenue base, engagers like them have virtually no capacity to compensate artists for their work.

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