Selected Literary Resume of Bernadette Lynn Wagner   @thereginamom


Bernadette Wagner is an award-winning multi-genre author, editor, and community-builder who loves to sing, garden and cook as well as play with words and language. With more than 25 years' experience in literary, magazine, newspaper, nonprofit, and online writing and, as the author of nine poetry chapbooks and two poetry collections -the first, This hot place (Thistledown Press, 2010), nominated for the Saskatchewan First Book Award and the second, The Dry Valley (Radiant Press, 2019), shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry, given in honour of Anne Szumigalski. Bernadette is also the editor of a mixed-genre anthology, a book of historical nonfiction, more than 25 chapbooks, and innumerable non-profit newsletters. She has a half-dozen manuscripts at various stages of development and looks forward to sharing these with the world as time and circumstance permit. Throughout her work, she strives to give back to her communities all the encouragement and support she’s received on her journey.


Writing & Editing Background

Writing: Author, The Dry Valley (Radiant Press, 2019) and This hot place (Thistledown Press, 2010), 11 poetry chapbooks, two blogs, numerous articles in local and national newspapers and magazines; Published in literary journals, anthologies, and chapbooks in Canada, USA, and the web; Broadcast on CBC Radio and TV, CJTR Radio, independent film, CD, and YouTube.

Editing: Books: A Gift of the Prairie: Writings from the Southern Shores of Last Mountain Lake (Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre, 2014); Pivot Points: A Fragmented History of Mental Health in Saskatchewan, Historical Nonfiction (CMHA Sask, 2012); Magazines: Spring! New Saskatchewan Writers, Vol 11 (SWG, 2019), WindScript: The Magazine of High School Writing, Vol. 31 (SWG, 2015); Chapbooks/Broadsheets: Tales From the Lake: A collection of written & recorded stories, poems, essays, word art and whatnot, (Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre, 2013); 26 poetry chapbooks and broadsheets (B Print Editions, 2002-18).

Teaching: What's in a Lifetime: An Online Memoir Writing Course, SWG; What's in a Lifetime, Big River, Regina, and Earl Grey; Making Sense, Eyebrow School; Introduction to Memoir, Regina Public Library;  In the Write Space (Youth), Regina;  In the Write Space (Adult), Centre for Continuing Education, University of Regina; Writing Place, Regina Beach; Letters to the Earth, South Shore Elementary School; Freewriting & Sensory Data, Robert Southey School; Guest Poet, Creating in the Qu'Appelle, Prairie Valley School Division; Write Your Heart, Lumsden High School, Campbell Collegiate, and Faculties of Education and Social Work, University of Regina; Women, Writing & Art, Lumsden ArtSpace; Introduction to Creative Writing (8 classes), Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre, Regina Beach; Pop-Up Workshop, Provincial Capital Commission, Legislative Building, Regina; Writing & Art, Weyburn Public Library; Mentor, CMHA Sask; Write Now, Saskatchewan Writers Guild.

Education & Training

Fiction: Consultations, RPL Writer-in-Residence, Arthur Slade, 2014-15; Writing With Style, Children’s Literature, Banff Centre, Arthur Slade, 2011; Manuscript Evaluation, SWG, Lois Simmie, 2010. Terry Jordan, RPL Writer in Residence, 2010.  

Nonfiction: CNF Outliers, Spark Your Story, Nicole Breit, January 2020; Science Writing, Master Class, Alanna Mitchell, June 2019; The Invisible Magnetic River, Master Class, Dinty Moore, May 2018; Finding Form in Creative Nonfiction, Master Class, Betsy Warland, May 2018; Memoir Writing, Sharon Butala, July 2016; Zoom in on Detail, Weekend Workshop, Brenda Schmidt, June 2016; Science Writing: Writing in a More-than-human World, Trevor Herriot, May 2017; Diversifying Your Portfolio: Do More with Less, Lori A. May, May 2016; Courting the ‘C’ in CNF, Master Class, Betsy Warland,  May 2016; The Art of Memory, Weekend Workshop, Sean Virgo, June 2013. Writing Creative Non-Fiction, Week-long Course, Myrna Kostash, July 2011.

Poetry: Sage Hill Writing Spring Poetry Colloquium, George Elliott Clarke, May 2019; Listening to the Poem’s Wisdom, SWG Workshop, Barbara Klar, 2018; Apprentice, Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, Rachel Rose, January to June 2017; Poetry as Babble and Doodle, Weekend Workshop, Dennis Cooley, 2016; Manuscript Evaluation, Betsy Warland, 2016; Manuscript Evaluation, SWG, Dave Margoshes, 2015; Sage Hill Poetry Colloquium, Ken Babstock, 2014; Manuscript Evaluation, SWG, Brenda Schmidt, 2014; Word Harvest Workshop, Louise Halfe, 2013; Sage Hill Poetry Workshop, Elizabeth Bachinsky, 2010; Mysticism, Women & the Spoken Word, Week-long Course, Diane di Prima, 2004.

Voice: Sacred Web SK, Carolyn McDade, 2001 to present. Widening Embrace Recording Project, Banff Centre, Norma Luccock, 2011; My Heart is Moved Recording Project, Boston, Norma Luccock,  2007. A Continent in Song, Workshop, Lebret, Wilma Bell Wessel, 2005.


Readings & Performances

2020: Winter Book Tour: Vancouver, Kelowna, Penticton BC; on hold for Prince Albert, Regina SK and Ottawa ON.


2019: Fall Book Tour: Cold Lake, Camrose, Calgary AB; Regina, Saskatoon, Regina Beach SK; Sudbury, Toronto ON; Winnipeg MB, Gibson's BC.


2018: Featured Author, Words in the Park, Regina Downtown; Guest Reader, Poetry & A Pint with the Sask Poet Laureate, Regina; Featured Author, Performers Cafe, Sask Festival of Words, Moose Jaw; Talent Night, Training In Power Academy Retreat and Conference, Vancouver.

2017: Panelist, SaskBooks Book Week, Saskatoon; Guest Author, John M. Cuelenaere Public Library, Prince Albert; Graduate Reading, Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, Vancouver.

2016: Interdisciplinary Multimedia presentation, Two Weeks In Japan: More Than A Family Vacation, Regina Beach. Participant, CNFC Literary Cabaret, Banff.

2015: Rural Readings & Workshops, Regina Beach, Earl Grey, SWG; Moving Parts Tour (with Lana Pesch), Regina, Melville.


Fieldnotes from the Qu'Appelle, Ceramic Book, with Jay Kimball, Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre Residency Show, 2014; Consumerism, Art Card, with Barbara Vance Mader, 2010; Music & Poetry, with Dawn Alexis, Soul Sisters, 2009, Oh Emma, Performance, with Jim Mitchell, 2007; Ceres, Inscribed Coiled Clay Vase, with Cara Gaye Driscoll, 1996.


Artistic Citizenship


Active Memberships in Saskatchewan Writers Guild, 1994-present; Creative Non-Fiction Collective, 2013-present; League of Canadian Poets, 2010-2013, 2017-present; The Writers Union of Canada, 2010-2014; Chair, Co-Chair, Literary Co-ordinator, Cathedral Village Arts Festival, 2011-2015; Saskatchewan Singers of the Sacred Web, 2000-present; Regional Song Leader, Widening Embrace CD project, 2010-2011; My Heart is Moved CD project, 2007-2008.



Runner-Up, City of Regina Writing Award, 2020; Nominee, Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry, 2020; Participant, Sask Writers/Artists Retreats, 1999 to present; Independent Artist Award, Saskatchewan Arts Board, 2019, 2013, 2003; Hyland Volunteer Award, SWG, 2018; Apprentice, Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, 2017; Honourable Mention, Speak Up, Inspire Change, Saskatchewan Council for International Co-operation, 2016; Inaugural Literary Artist-in-Residence, Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre, 2013-14; Finalist, Regina Slam Team; First Place, SWG Short Manuscript Award for Children's Literature, 2011; Recipient, Canada Council Emerging Artist's Award, 2011; Participant, Writing With Style, Banff, 2011; Nominee, Saskatchewan First Book Award, 2010; First Place, Best Environmental Feminist blog, 2008; Nominee, Lefty's blog Award, 2007;  Slam Champion, Cathedral Village Arts Festival, 2005; First Place, Innovative Program Design & Delivery, YWCA of Canada, 1999.