Bernadette Wagner is a mother, multi-genre writer, activist, singer, and micropress publisher living in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
During the 2007 Saskatchewan election Bernadette wrote as the regina mom for the CBC Sask Votes 2007 Election Blog Squad and carried that pseudonym forward. She also blogged for rabble.ca during the 2008 federal election and still posts at rabble.ca on occasion.
Bernadette’s non-fiction has appeared in newspapers and magazines. She’s currently putting together a work of Creative Non-Fiction that examines her 25-year involvement in the Saskatchewan women’s movement.
Her poetry has been broadcast on radio, published in journals and anthologies, and appeared in film, on CD, and on the web. In 2010, Thistledown Press published her first book of poetry, This hot place, which was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award in the First Book category . Over the first year and a half of its life she toured extensively across Canada.
At present she is also putting the finishing touches on a children’s novel tentatively titled, Crybaby. A portion from it netted her an Emerging Artists Award from the Canada Council for the Arts last spring, a place in the Young Adult writing workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts this past summer and First Place in the Saskatchewan Writers Guild’s Short Manuscript Awards this past fall.
In June 2007 she was one of 85 women who gathered to record the vocal tracks for the CD, My Heart is Moved. This past summer she participated in another CD project, Widening Embrace, which brought together more than 100 women from Canada and the USA.