Saturday, June 4
Doors 7:30 p.m., Program 8:00 p.m.
MacDonald Hall, SAIT, Calgary
Please join us during our conference weekend for a wine and cheese reception that will celebrate the work of Alberta authors. We will award literary prizes in numerous categories and we will have ample time to connect with old friends and make some new ones. The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is pleased to host this annual celebration and we hope to see you there!
Hosted by WGA board member and book blogger Anne Logan.
This year’s Gala will feature spoken word artist Sheri-D Wilson and the music of Chloe Albert!
Born and raised in Edmonton, Chloe Albert grew up in a musical household, and studied in MacEwan University’s music program, in the vocal department. Her 2008 CD, Dedicated Stat, won an Emerging Artist of the Year award at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and serious support from CBC and CKUA networks. Chloe’s 2013 release Dream Catcher was nominated for a JUNO Award for “Adult Contemporary Album of The Year.”
Sheri-D Wilson has nine collections of poetry; her most recent is Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women. Her collection, Re:Zoom, won the 2006 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the CanLit Award. She has two Spoken Word CDs and four award-winning VideoPoems. In 2011 she edited The Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach, a tool for teaching and writing Spoken Word. In 2015 she received the City of Calgary Arts Award. In 2009 CBC called her one of the Top 10 Poets in Canada. In 2003 she won the USA Heavyweight title for poetry, and in 2006 The National Slam of Canada presented her with the Poet of Honour Award. In 2016, she produced the first School of Thought, which combines spoken word and social activism. She produced the Spoken Word festival in Calgary for eleven years. She is the founder and was the director of the Spoken Word program at the Banff Centre for seven years.