July 25, 2009

Local poet Robert Currie to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Currie, Saskatchewan’s poet laureate and a resident of Moose Jaw, has been selected as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award with the 2009 Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Awards.
    Currie is a writer of poetry, fiction and radio plays whose work has appeared in literary magazines and more than 40 anthologies. He has published six books of poetry, (his latest is Witness), and three works of fiction.
    As well, he has taught creative writing, and he taught English at Central Collegiate in Moose Jaw for 30 years.
    He was one of the first presidents of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and is one of the co-founders of the Thunder Creek Publishing Co-operative/Coteau Books. He is still on the board of Coteau Books.
    According to a press release from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Currie “has been central to the development of the literary arts in Saskatchewan . . . (His) own published works, and the promotion he has done in support of the literary community, have had a great impact on the province.
    “In 2007, he became Saskatchewan’s poet laureate and continues his work as an ambassador for the merits of literary art the works of Saskatchewan writers.”
    Currie will be given the award on Sept. 9 in Saskatoon.

- Moose Jaw Times Herald


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