Anne Szumigalski was one of Saskatchewan’s and Canada’s best-known, best-loved poets. She published more than a dozen books of poetry, as well as a play, two collections of essays and a “book of fables.” Her 1995 publication Voice received the Governor General’s Award for poetry, while her works received several Saskatchewan Book Awards and others. She was instrumental in the founding of both the Saskatchewan Writer's Guild and the literary journal Grain, and is appreciated for having been a mentor to many young poets in the region.
Mark Abley is a Canadian poet, journalist, editor and non-fiction writer. He has published three books of poetry, two children’s books and several works of non-fiction. He has won Canada's National Newspaper Award for critical writing and received a Guggenheim Fellowship for research into language change.