Writer in Residence

Writer in Residence

We’re pleased to announce dee Hobsbawn-Smith as the 35th Writer in Residence at SPL. The residency runs September 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016.

dee’s office hours and contact information will be announced later.

“We’re excited for the possibilities that dee brings to this residency,” said Carol Cooley, Director of Libraries & CEO for Saskatoon Public Library. “In addition to her literary talents and her leadership in workshops, she is also a celebrated chef and well-known food writer and journalist. She writes in multiple genres of fiction, poetry and nonfiction, and works well with a variety of age groups.” More information.


The Writer in Residence acts as a mentor to writers in the community, reviewing manuscripts and providing criticism and advice about publishing.

The Writer offers individual consultations, group workshops and programs, author readings and participates in other special events during their residency.

SPL is grateful to Canada Council for the Arts for co-funding the Writer in Residence program, which runs September 1, 2015May 31, 2016.



For more information on the Writer in Residence program, contact:

Carol Johner
Phone: 306.975.7530
Email: manager.mc@saskatoonlibrary.ca


Dee Hobsbawn-Smith’s award-winning poetry, essays, short fiction and freelance journalism have appeared in The Malahat Review, Gastronomica, The  Antigonish Review, The Windsor Review, Alberta Views, Canadian Living, and many Canadian magazines and newspapers. After careers as a ground-breaking locavore chef and food writer and columnist in Calgary, she earned her MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan.


The author of seven books, her debut poetry collection, Wildness Rushing In, was a finalist for two 2015 Saskatchewan Book Awards, including Book of the Year. What Can’t Be Undone: Stories is hot off the press from Thistledown Press. She’s currently working on her first novel, The Dryland Diaries, and an essay collection,  Bread & Water, which won second prize in the 2014 John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award. Her fifth book, Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet, which examines the politics and practicalities of small-scale sustainable food production, earned three international awards. She been the facilitator of Saskatoon’s Sage Hill Teen Camp for three years.


In her spare time, she cooks, gardens, and crafts hand-bound chapbooks. She lives west of Saskatoon with her partner, the poet and writer, Dave Margoshes.

A  welcome reception for dee will be held in October 2015. Watch this page for more information.