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International Peace Garden’s Writer-in Residence invites writers to Share their Stories



The International Peace Garden (IPG) and the Envoi Literary Foundation (ELF), are pleased to announce Victor Enns will be the Writer in Residence at the International Peace Garden for the summer of 2017. This is a pilot project of the International Peace Garden. Enns will be available Friday afternoons beginning June 30th, and by appointment.

Victor Enns is the author of five books of poetry, and is a magazine publisher. He will be available to answer questions about poetry, fiction and non-fiction writing. He will provide reading and writing advice to anyone interested in writing their story, and who is willing to sit down and chat in the lovely surroundings of the IPG Interpretative Center’s Garden Library.  He is also willing to share his own writing and poems, and those of other poets, dead or alive, written in English.

 “This is a ‘we’ll see’ pilot year,” said Victor. “I know, if there’s enough interest in this project, that there are provincial, state and national programs that could provide support for an annual summer program such as this, featuring writers from either side of the border, with a wide variety of writing forms.”

Victor begins his residency on Friday June 30th, just before the July 1st and July 4th holidays which bookend the Peace Garden’s sharing stories program.  He will be in the Garden Library from 10:00 am to 4pm on Fridays (depending on interest.) His last day in residence is scheduled to be on Friday, September 1st. Drop-ins are encouraged. However appointments and forwarding work to be discussed will guarantee you the best-considered consultation. Appointments BY DIRECT EMAIL ONLY to victorenns9@gmail.com.

More information on the Garden’s 2017 “Sharing our Stories” programs and events is available by contacting the International Peace Garden’s Chief Executive at our Office:

American Office
10939 Highway 281
Dunseith, ND 58329
701- 263-3169

Canadian Office
Box 419
Boissevain, MB R0K 0E0



Victor Enns – short biography

Victor Enns graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1979 with a History/English major including the advanced creative writing workshop with Robert Kroetsch, which led to the publication of his first poetry collection, Jimmy Bang Poems (Turnstone 1979). A founding Board member of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild, he was the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild from 1982 – 1988 and founder of Windscript magazine featuring the literary and visual art of Saskatchewan high school students.

His second book of poetry – Correct in this Culture (5th House) – was published in 1985. He spent the next 20 years in arts administration and raising a family taking time out to found Rhubarb magazine in 1998, a literary and visual arts magazine for writers and artists of Mennonite descent, returning as executive editor in 2012. His most recent collection, Afghanistan Confessions, poems in the voices of Canadian soldiers, was released in November 2014.  boy, was published by Hagios Press in Regina in 2012. Lucky Man, (Hagios, 2005) was nominated for the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award. He most recently served as Interlake’s Gimli Klean-All Poet-in-Residence highlighting poetry month each April in the United States and Canada.