Calgary poet and longtime active WGA member Bob Stallworthy will read from his poetry book Impact Statement, followed by a Q&A led by Edmonton poet, fiction writer, and journalist Alexis Kienlen. Viewers will have the chance to send questions during the event.
Bob Stallworthy has been active in the Alberta writing community since he began writing full-time and professionally in 1985. He is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. As well as publishing magazine articles and book reviews, he has four books of poetry previously published: Under the Sky Speaking (Snowapple Press, 1998), From a Call Box (Frontenac House, 2001), Optics (Frontenac House, 2004), and Things that Matter Now (Frontenac House, 2009). His work has been anthologized by Copp Clark Pitman and by McGraw-Hill Ryerson. His poetry has been shortlisted for The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize twice and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry once.
As the first Coordinator of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Calgary region office, he established and ran this office (1991- 1996). While running the office he was co-organizer of the first Poet’s Stroll in Calgary, co-chair of the Freedom of Expression Committee in Calgary, and was one of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta representatives on the Steering Committee of Wordfest. Over his 35 year career he has given over 250 workshops and readings around Alberta. He is co-recipient of the Calgary Freedom of Expression Award (2002), a Lifetime member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta (1988), and the recipient of the Golden Pen Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Writers’ Guild of Alberta (2019).
He has been a Patient/Family Advisor with the Kidney Health, Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services since 2016. He is a full-time caregiver for his wife who suffered traumatic kidney failure in 2013.