Editorial Advisory Board

Members of the Shadowpaw Press Editorial Advisory Board review submissions and provide recommendations to the publisher regarding publication, as well as advising the publisher on other matters falling within their individual areas of expertise.

The Shadowpaw Press Editorial Advisory Board members are:

Belinda Betker

Belinda Betker’s first poetry collection, Phases, was a 2020 finalist for two Saskatchewan Book Awards. The second edition of Phases, containing 31 additional new poems, was published in 2022. Belinda’s poetry and award-winning haiku can also be found online and in various anthologies, literary journals, and chapbooks. She is a founding member of two well-established Saskatoon writing groups, Sisters’ Ink, and The Obsessors. She was also a founding and long-time board member of the Saskatoon Writers’ Collective. When she’s not writing, editing, mentoring, or volunteering,  Belinda reads voraciously, especially poetry and memoirs. Her favourite quip is: “Remember – you are unique – just like everybody else.” Belinda lives in Saskatoon with her Australian wife and their rescue dog, a springer-spaniel/terrier cross.

Dr. Clarissa Harwood

Clarissa Harwood holds a Ph.D. in nineteenth-century British literature and is the author of three historical novels. Publishers Weekly called her first novel, Impossible Saints, “a rich debut . . . With insight and sensitivity, Harwood explores century-old social mores and challenges that still echo loudly today.” Her second novel, Bear No Malice, won the Editor’s Choice award from the Historical Novel Society; Kirkus Reviews called it “a smart and highly civilized tale about love, temptation, and second chances.” Clarissa is a part-time university instructor and full-time grammar nerd who loves to explain the difference between restrictive and non-restrictive clauses. She has also worked as a writing mentor for the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and a freelance editor. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, she currently lives in Ontario with her husband and three spoiled cats.

dee Hobsbawn-Smith

dee Hobsbawn-Smith is the tenth Saskatchewan Poet Laureate. Her term runs from 2023 to 2025. dee Hobsbawn-Smith is equally at home writing essays, poetry, novels, short fiction, and journalism. Her award-winning writing is at times influenced by her earlier career in the food industry as a Red Seal chef, educator, Slow Food member, and locavore advocate, editor, and mentor. Her work has appeared in literary journals, newspapers, magazines, websites, on the airwaves, and in numerous anthologies in Canada, the USA, and Scotland. Her literary books include Wildness Rushing in: poemsWhat Can’t Be Undone: stories; a chapbook, Jeanne Dark comes of age on the prairie; Bread & Water: essays (winner of the Saskatchewan Book Awards Nonfiction Award); Danceland Diary: a novel; and Among the Untamed: poems (coming in 2023). dee’s culinary books include Skinny FeastsThe Quick GourmetThe Curious Cook at HomeShop Talk; and Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet (winner of the 2013 Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards; Best Culinary Book, 2013 High Plains Book Awards; and third prize, 2014 Les Dames D’Escoffier M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing). 

Dave Margoshes

Dave Margoshes is a Canadian writer whose work has appeared widely in literary magazines and anthologies in Canada and abroad. He’s been in the Best Canadian Stories six times, was a finalist for the Journey Prize and has published some twenty books – fiction short and long, nonfiction and poetry – including Bix’s Trumpet and Other Stories, which was thye Saskatchewan Book Awards Book of the Year in 2007 and a ReLit Award finalist, and A Book of Great Worth, linked stories, named one of Amazon.ca’s top one hundred books for 2012. A new novel is due in Spring 2024. Dave won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Saskatchewan Arts Board (SK Arts) in 2022.

John Brady McDonald

John Brady McDonald is a Nehiyawak-Metis writer, artist, historian, musician, playwright, actor, and activist born and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He is from the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation and the Mistawasis Nehiyawak. The great-great-great grandson of Chief Mistawasis of the Plains Cree, as well as the grandson of famed Metis leader Jim Brady, John’s writings and artwork have been displayed in various publications and private and permanent collections and galleries around the world, including the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. John is one of the founding members of the P.A. Lowbrow art movement and served as vice president of the Indigenous Peoples Artists Collective for nearly a decade. John also served a term as vice-chair of the Board of Directors for Spark Theatre and as a senator with the Indigenous Council Committee of CUPE Saskatchewan. He is the author of several books, and has had his written works published and presented around the globe.

​John has studied at England’s prestigious University of Cambridge, where in July 2000 he made international headlines by symbolically “discovering” and “claiming”’” England for the First Peoples of the Americas. John is also an acclaimed public speaker who has presented in venues across the globe, such as the Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival, the Black Hills Seminars on Reclaiming Youth, The Appalachian Mountain Seminars, the Edmonton and Fort McMurray Literary Festival, the Eden Mills Writers Festival, and at the Ottawa International Writers Festival. John was honoured with the opportunity to speak in Australia in April 2001. John was also included in the Aboriginal Artists and Performers Inventory for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, BC. 

John’s artwork and writing have been nominated for several awards, including the 2022 Saskatchewan Book of the Year Awards. John was awarded the 2017 BOB Award for Best Artist. He has been honoured with several grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board. A noted polymath, John lives in Northern Saskatchewan.

Dr. Robert Runté

Robert Runté, Ph.D., is Senior Academic Editor with EssentialEdits.ca and freelances at SFeditor.ca. He was, for nearly a decade, senior editor at Five Rivers Publishing, where he acquired and edited more than thirty books, primarily speculative fiction. A retired professor, he has won three Aurora Awards (Canadian SF&F) for his literary criticism, wrote the Canadian speculative fiction entry for the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada, published the NCF Guide to Canadian SF, and has given more than a hundred presentations and workshops at writers’ conferences. He currently reviews for the Ottawa Review of Books . As writer, he has published more than sixty short stories in a variety of magazines and anthologies, six of which were reprinted in “best of” collections, and one of which was short-listed for an Aurora Award. His complete CV is available at http://www.essentialedits.ca/cv.htm.

Arthur Slade

Arthur Slade was raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan. He is the author of twenty five novels for young readers including The Hunchback Assignments, which won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and Dust, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature. His lifetime of work has also received the prestigious Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence.  All of these awards mean that when he drinks tea he has to raise his pinky. It’s very fancy. He lives in Saskatoon, Canada.