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 at work on a number of writing projects, including a new poetry manuscript, two manuscripts of Creative Non-Fiction, and a vain attempt at a novel for adults.
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 collection of poetry, This hot place, which was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan First Book Award.
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, a place in the Young Adult writing workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and an excerpt took First Place in the Saskatchewan Writers Guild’s Short Manuscript Awards.
In June 2007 she was one of 85 women who gathered to record the vocal tracks for the CD, My Heart is Moved. She also served as a Regional Song Leader for another CD project, Widening Embrace, which brought together more than 100 women from Canada and the USA.
Bernadette served as Literary Co-ordinator (2011-12) for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival followed by a year as Co-Chair (2013) and two years as Chair (2014-15), during which time she and the Planning Committee secured funding for artists-in-residence in the community during the festival’s 25th anniversary year.
During 2013-14, Bernadette also served as the inaugural literary artist-in-residence at the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre in Regina Beach. In addition to meeting with local writers and offering professional development opportunities to them, she edited a collection of their work, A Gift of the Prairie: Writings from the southern shores of Last Mountain Lake.