February 2023 marks the beginning of SK Arts' 75th anniversary year. On February 3, 1948, the Saskatchewan Arts Board opened its doors, supporting artists across the province. As we celebrate this milestone, we look to honour the past, the present and the future of the province's vibrant arts community with the We Celebrate You campaign. SK Arts asked 75 established artists to nominate one strong, emerging artist, program or training opportunity that makes the future of Saskatchewan arts exciting.

Mari-Lou Rowley - Older woman with short ginger red hair and glasses smiling.

Photo Credit: David Stobbe

Mari-Lou Rowley

Mari-Lou Rowley has published ten collections of poetry, most recently Catastrophe Theories (Anvil Press), which was a CBC Books choice for Canadian poetry (spring 2022). Her previous book Unus Mundus, also from Anvil, was nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards. Rowley’s poetry, book chapters and multimedia work have appeared internationally in literary, arts and science-related publications. Rowley is currently the Editor of Grain Magazine and is working on a novel and poetic memoir.

Michael Trussler - Older man with grey hair, eyebrows and mustache. He is wearing glasses and a grey t-shirt.

Photo Credit: Amy Snider

Michael Trussler

Michael Trussler writes primarily poetry and creative non-fiction. He has received Saskatchewan Book Awards for poetry, non-fiction and short stories. His memoir concerning mental illness, The Sunday Book, was published by Palimpsest Press in 2022. Two poetry collections have recently appeared: Rare Sighting of a Guillotine on the Savannah (Mansfield Press, 2021) and The History Forest (University of Regina Press, 2022). Radiant Press and Icehouse Press will be [publishing] poetry collections, Realia and 10:10 respectively in 2024. All his work engages with the beauty and violence of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

…excellent and diligent writer, scholar and teacher. ” — Mari-Lou Rowley

I would like to nominate Michael Trussler. I know him to be an excellent and diligent writer, scholar and teacher. Michael has recently published two volumes of poetry, The History Forest (U. Regina Press 2022), Rare Sighting of a Guillotine on the Savannah (Mansfield Press 2021), and a collection of creative non-fiction essays The Sunday Book (Palimpsest Press 2022). The Sunday Book won the City of Regina and non-fiction categories of the Saskatchewan Book Awards in 2023, and The History Forest won in the poetry category.