Abiola Regan

Abiola Regan (she/her) is a poet, writer, and podcaster. She has an academic background in psychology and a passion for pop culture, both of which work their way into how she writes about relationships in her poems and stories. In 2022, Abiola proudly self-published her first interactive digital poetry chapbook, … Read more

Angeline Schellenberg

Angeline Schellenberg is a poet living in Treaty 1 territory (Winnipeg). Her first full-length collection, Tell Them It Was Mozart (Brick Books, 2016) received three Manitoba Book Awards and was a finalist for a ReLit Award for Poetry. In addition to publishing three new chapbooks, in 2019 she was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Arc Poetry Magazine‘s Poem of the Year. Angeline has served as Deep Bay artist-in-residence (Riding Mountain National Park), a Sheldon Oberman Mentorship Program mentor, a Poetry In Voice performance judge, and host of the Speaking Crow reading series. Her second book is Fields of Light and Stone (University of Alberta Press, 2020).

Angeline Schellenberg’s poems also appear in 2012 issues of Rhubarb, Geez, and CV2, and Prairie Fire. Méira Cook’s apprentice in the 2012 Manitoba Writers’ Guild mentorship program, Angeline was awarded a MAC grant to write a poetry collection about autism entitled You’re Not Nisselling. Angeline holds a masters in biblical studies and works as a journalist/copy editor for a national Christian magazine, where her stories have earned her three Canadian Church Press awards. She enjoys performing poetry at Speaking Crow and other public events. Angeline lives in Winnipeg with her husband, son, daughter, a dog, and a rabbit. She blogs at  angelineschellenberg.wordpress.com.

Anita Daher

Anita Daher draws writing inspiration from the many places she’s been fortunate to spend time, including Summerside, PEI; Yellowknife, NT; Churchill, MB; Baker Lake, NU and Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Since 1995 she has been entrenched in the book publishing industry writing books, articles and reviews, and leading workshops and … Read more

Armin Wiebe

Armin Wiebe’s northern historical novel Tatsea won the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. He is also the author of three comic novels: The Salvation of Yasch Siemens, Murder in Gutenthal, and The Second Coming of Yeeat Shpanst, as well as the short story collection Armin’s Shorts and the novel Grandmother, Laughing. His stage play, The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz, premiered to enthusiastic reviews and sold out audiences at Theatre Projects Manitoba in April, 2011. His work is renowned for the musicality of its dialect and dialogue. After spending six years in Whati, Northwest Territories in 1980s, he now makes his home in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Contact info:

Website: www.arminwiebe.ca
Email: arminw@mts.net

Books Published:

The Salvation of Yasch Siemens:Turnstone Selects (Turnstone Press, 2019)
Grandmother, Laughing (Turnstone Press, 2017)
Armin’s Shorts:Little Fictions (Turnstone Press, 2015)
The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz (Scirocco Drama, 2011)
Tatsea (Turnstone Press, 2003)
The Second Coming of Yeeat Shpanst (Turnstone Press, 1995)
Murder in Gutenthal (Turnstone Press, 1991)
The Salvation of Yasch Siemens (Turnstone Press, 1984).

Awards & Nominations
2004 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award for Tatsea
2004 Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction for Tatsea
2018 Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction Nomination for Grandmother, Laughing
1996 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award Nomination for The Second Coming of Yeeat Shpanst.
1992 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award Nomination for Murder in Gutenthal


Barbara Lange

Barbara Lange has been a member of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild for almost 20 years. Without their help she doubts she would be a published writer. Barbara had no idea as she grew up in a railway family in England that she would one day immigrate to Canada. As a … Read more

Bob Chrismas

Bob Chrismas, PhD, has written prolifically on justice issues, and recently trying his hand at fiction writing. Bob is a Staff Sergeant in his 31st year with the Winnipeg Police Service. He completed his Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the U. of Winnipeg and U. of Manitoba in 2009 (distinction) and Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Peace and Conflict Studies at the U. of Manitoba in 2017. Bob was awarded the University of Manitoba Distinguished Dissertation Award for my doctoral research on modern-day slavery in Canada’s criminal sex industry.

Bob is married with four kids. His publications include numerous peer-reviewed book chapters, journal and magazine articles and books on justice related topics. His first book Canadian Policing in the 21st Century: A Frontline Officer on Challenges and Changes (McGill-Queens University Press, 2013), is a widely used text on modern policing. Bob’s newest book, Sex Industry Slavery: Protecting Canada’s Youth (University of Toronto Press, 2020), provides a gut-wrenching account of sex trafficking in Canada and many tangible strategies and solutions. Bob co-edited Our Shared Future: Windows into Canada’s Reconciliation Journey (Lexington, Rowman and Littlefield, 2020).

Bob’s newest book, The River of Tears (DIO Press Inc., 2021) is a literary fiction novel about a missing person case, giving deep insights into sex trafficking and Indigenous-police relations in Canada. He is also writing a memoir of his three decades in Canadian policing. Learn more about Bob and his publications and speaking events at his webpage at bchrismas.com.

The River of Tears. New York: DIO Press Inc. (Bob Chrismas, 2021).
Sex Industry Slavery: Protecting Canada’s Youth. Toronto, ON, Canada: University of Toronto Press. (Bob Chrismas, 2020).
Our Shared Future: Windows into Canada’s Reconciliation Journey. New York: Lexington. (Laura Reimer & Bob Chrismas, 2020).
Canadian Policing in the 21st Century: A Frontline Officer on Challenges and Changes. Montreal, Canada: McGill-Queen’s University Press. (Bob Chrismas, 2013).

Modern day slavery and the sex industry: raising the voices of survivors and collaborators while confronting sex trafficking and exploitation in Manitoba, Canada (Dissertation, 2017)

I gratefully acknowledge that I live on Treaty 1 territory which is the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Book Chats

Our first Book Chat of 2023 will take place on February 8th at 7 pm. Our featured author will be Méira Cook. To receive the Zoom instructions to join us, email us at MWGEvents2022@gmail.com.

Méira is the award-winning author of the novels ‘Once More With Feeling’; ‘The House on Sugarbush Road’, which won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award; and ‘Nightwatching’, which won the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. She has also published five poetry collections, most recently ‘Monologue Dogs’, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Lansdowne Prize for Poetry and for the 2016 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. She has won the CBC Poetry Prize and the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize. She has served as Writer in Residence at the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, and the Winnipeg Public Library. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, she now lives in Winnipeg.

Margaret Laurence Award winner, ‘The Full Catastrophe’ is a compassionate and funny novel about defining yourself, the communities that support us, and the journeys that secrets propel.

Charlie Minkoff, a thirteen-year-old boy born with intersex traits, would be happy to be left alone. Living with his artist mother in a derelict loft in downtown Winnipeg, perpetually wondering about the father who abandoned him, and tormented in school because of his differences, Charlie navigates the assorted catastrophes of his life. He’s helped along by the love of his beloved grandfather, Oscar, and the makeshift family who surround him: his mother’s best friend; a couple of elderly shut-in neighbours; a mysterious girl in his class who has secrets of her own; and his desperately needy and perpetually hungry dog, Gellman.

When a school project leads him to discover that Oscar never had a bar mitzvah, Charlie decides to right the historical wrong and arrange a belated ceremony. But this quest will be more than he bargained for, and meanwhile everyone from his doctor to his Ancestry Studies teacher keeps insisting that Charlie needs to learn to tell his own story. 

Brenda Sciberras

Brenda Sciberras is a Winnipeg writer whose poetry has appeared in several Canadian literary magazines as well the anthologies; A Cross Sections: New Manitoba Writing and I found it at the movies: An Anthology of Film Poems. Her first poetry collection Magpie Days was launched with Turnstone Press in fall … Read more

Catherine Macdonald

I’ve had a strange but interesting career as an archivist and freelance historian, writing a wide variety of stuff from scrupulously documented reports for government lawyers to educational video scripts featuring sketch comedy.   During one of those lulls so familiar to those who freelance, I had an idea for … Read more

Clayton Rumley

Clayton Rumley

Clayton Rumley makes his debut into the Canadian literature scene with his first book of the Holocene trilogy. An introverted software developer by day, he is a composer, photographer, indie video game developer, YouTuber, and the creator behind the popular website Drawn. He lives in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, … Read more

Danie Botha

Danie Botha

Danie Botha was born in Zambia and completer his school education and medical training in South Africa. He has called Canada home for the past 22 years and is still learning to speak proper Canadian. (It’s similar to English.) He has published three novels, a novella and a poetry collection. If he’s not working at the hospital or busy writing, ha can be found cycling, land paddling, and cross-country skiing in winter (if it’s not too bitterly cold).

Summary of Publications

  • Be Silent – novel, 2016
  • Be Good – novella, 2016
  • Maxime – novel, 2017
  • An Unfamiliar Kindness – novel, 2018
  • Two Bowls of Joy – poetry collection, 2019
  • Chicken Soup for the SoulAge is just a number, 2020

David Perlmutter

I am a freelance writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I write science fiction, fantasy and horror, as well as non-fiction history with a focus on popular culture. I am on Facebook (David Perlmutter-Writer), Twitter (@DKPLJW1) and LinkedIn.

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