From the Sage to the Page
One thing that I’ve realized after all the writing workshops, retreats, conferences and courses I’ve been to across Canada is how supportive this writing community can be. I’ve dug up this photo from the 2003 Sage Hill Writing Experience in Lumsden, Saskatchewan, by way of introducing Steven Ross Smith, who was executive director at Sage Hill from 1990-2008. (He’s wearing the ball cap, reclining in the front row of the photo. Some other people you may recognize as well!) That’s where Steven and I first met, reconnecting in 2009 when he was literary arts director at the Banff Centre. He’s been a booster, mentor, and guide all along the way. Thanks for the wisdom and advice, Steven, and for writing this article about my book journey that began at Sage Hill.
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Steven Ross Smith is a poet, fiction writer and arts journalist. His latest poetry book is Emanations: Fluttertongue 6. He lives and writes in Banff and Galiano Island. Find him at fluttertongue.ca; stevenrosssmith.com and on Twitter @SonnyBoySmith.