The beginning of the Shameless Word-Artist Society is comparable to the beginning of the solar system: a few poets drifting along in the dark of poetic space crossed paths and began gravitating together, around the large, phosphorescent mass that is poetry.
The president of SWAS, Shanalee Smith, founded our group while studying creative writing at the U of A in 2010. She quickly invited as many fellow poets, writers, and dreamers as she could squeeze an e-mail address out of, and the group began meeting on a weekly basis at various cafes and grassy hills on campus.
Since that time, the amount of group members we have has fluctuated: people have moved, graduated, taken up other hobbies. But we still meet weekly to workshop each other’s poetry and fiction in a communion of coffee, tea, and strong language.
The other Shameless Word Artists: Nichole, Aurora, and Amy
And our long-distance artists: Dorian, Bobby, and Kevin