Dave Margoshes - Older white male wearing a red and black, button-down shirt, supporting balance on a walking stick in one hand and the the other hand akimbo. He is standing next to a chair with a blue and purple Ombre wavelength award in a velvet dark blue pouch gathered at the base of the award.

Photo credit: Dave Stobbe

Dave Margoshes

Dave Margoshes began his writing career in the journalism field before striking out on his own as a writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in 1986, which coincided with his move to Saskatchewan. Since then he has published 20 books, including Bix’s Trumpet and Other Stories, which won Book of the Year at the 2007 Saskatchewan Book Awards, Dimensions of an Orchard, which won the Poetry Prize in 2010, and A Book of Great Worth, which was shortlisted for Book of the Year at the 2013 Saskatchewan Book Awards and was named one of amazon.ca’s Top Hundred Books of 2012. He has also won the City of Regina Writing Award twice, the Stephen Leacock Award for Poetry, and the John V. Hicks Award for Fiction. 

In addition to his own widely acclaimed work, Dave, who earned an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers Workshop, has been a teacher and mentor, and, as an editor, has worked with many writers from Saskatchewan and beyond to bring their work to publication. He has taught journalism, creative writing, and English literature, and one of his nonfiction works is a textbook widely used in classrooms across Canada and in the United States. He has been a writer-in-residence in Winnipeg and Saskatoon and provided mentorship and guidance both formally and informally to many young writers in the province and elsewhere.

Dave has also been active in the Saskatchewan and national literary community, serving as the first president of the Saskatchewan Book Awards, as president of the Sage Hill Writing Experience, as vice-president of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and the League of Canadian Poets, and a number of other boards, including Coteau Books, and many committees