BRENDA SCHMIDT lives in Creighton, a mining town on the Canadian Shield in northern Saskatchewan. She is the author of four books of poetry and a book of essays. Both her poetry and nonfiction have been shortlisted for Saskatchewan Book Awards. She is a past winner of the Alfred G. Bailey Prize. She founded the Ore Samples Writers Series and serves on the Sage Hill Writing board of directors. In 2017, she became the seventh Saskatchewan Poet Laureate.