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  • Mail: 2114 McTavish St., Regina, SK  S4T 3W9, Canada
  • Phone: 306-565-0080  



Mandate | Vision Values 


Publish limited editions of exquisitely produced, extremely high quality poetry, prose and art, and other delights as appropriate and feasible.

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Create gifts of word and art that move the world
to a place of joy – by opening hearts and minds
to flame and shadow, river-sculpted stone,
wind-swept seeds spinning between sky and earth.


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Respect for the environment

  • Make environmentally friendly choices regarding paper and other aspects of production.

Literature as art

  • Choose manuscripts with the potential to take readers to unexpected places, and to move them to change in positive ways.
  • Provide a strong editing process that ensures technical excellence and enhances the intellectual and/or emotional power of the poetry or prose.
  • Create a physical product which supports and reinforces the artistry of the words it showcases.

High quality relationships

  • Act with respect and fairness.
  • Act on the principle of mutuality: nurture, mentor and share knowledge and skills; and listen to and learn from others.
  • Work collaboratively to the full extent possible with authors, artists, designers, printers, other publishers, and anyone else relevant to the publishing activities of Wild Sage Press.

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Publisher's corner     




Read more about my writing

Hear me read from Tending the Tree of Life  Sat. Aug. 29, 2 pm, in  in Fort Qu'Appelle






Read the rest of Typos - bane of my life







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Media attention

Creative Saskatchewan selected Wild Sage Press to profile as one of the success stories among the creative industries - read Publishing on the Prairies on the CS website or below.



























People behind the scenes

Editing | Art & design | Printing Bookbinding Website | Promotion General support
Vision & coordinating 


Brenda Niskala: 
editor of Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle. Brenda is Co-Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Publishers Group and a Wild Sage Press author.



Bruce Rice

Bruce Rice: editor of How to Be a River. Bruce is the award-winning author of Life in the Canopy (Hagios Press) and three other books of poetry. He writes about community, reclaiming the voices of those who live on the margins, and how we are transformed by landscape and our footprints on it. Bruce is a Wild Sage Press author.


Heather Nickel:
 editor of Goldeye and FunnyfinHeather loves to read and finds that publishing prairie stories is a great way to indulge this passion. She has a BA (English) from the University of Saskatchewan and began helping authors publish books in 1997. Her company, Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing, has published over 100 books. 


Michael Foley: editor of Watermarks. Michael Foley stole the title for his first poem, Give Every Man His Dew, from the label on a bottle of Irish whiskey. The poem rhymed. The author was twelve at the time. After his release from a small Benedictine college in Oregon he flew to England, where he lurked in the shadows of more than a dozen theatres as a stagehand, freelanced as a research writer for encyclopedias, and reviewed plays for the journal Sightlines. A failed Bohemian, he became a teacher. Back in North America, he founded the Butte Falls Poetry Fest, in the Cascade Mountains, which lasted two years - until one of his students launched fireworks into some Douglas firs next to the flatbed truck being used as a stage, and the town almost burned down. One by one the Foley kids flew north and south. The only option left for Michael and his wife, Charlotte, was a United Airlines flight to the Island of Hawai`i where they've lived in seclusion ever since. He left behind a trail of poems published in various shapes and sizes, ranging from Fireweed and Resurgence to the Siskiyou Aikikai Newsletter. He has every intention of publishing his first collection, Watching the Egg Dance in the Pan, before his second collection, as yet untitled. But first he has to get over his oeuvre, Tales from the Wings, Volume One: A Year Backstage in Stratford-Upon-Avon. In the meantime, he belongs to a small writing group named the Inkwells, who meet every Wednesday morning in a coffee shop in Kapa`au and trade personal stories about their sordid pasts, such as stealing titles from labels, political slogans and the like. 

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Art & Design

Christine Lynn: cover art - Spirit Deer, acrylic painting - for How to Be a River. Thank you to Kent Lynn for his donation of this artwork for use as the cover image.

Julia Rooney: cover art - Woman at the Shore, oil painting - for WatermarksVisit Julia's website.

Larry Mader (LM Publication Services Ltd.): Wild Sage Press logo design, and cover and interior design for How to Be a River, Watermarks and Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle.

Leila Hofmeister (LM Publication Services Ltd.): typography for How to Be a RiverWatermarks and Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle.

Jayde Goodon: image for Room Full of Men trading card (How to Be a River series). Thank you to Jayde for his donation of ths artwork. 

Caitlin Mullan: artwork for Wild Sage #1 limited edition silkscreen print.

Heather Nickel: editor of Goldeye and FunnyfinHeather loves to read and finds that publishing prairie stories is a great way to indulge this passion. She has a BA (English) from the University of Saskatchewan and began helping authors publish books in 1997. Her company, Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing, has published over 100 books. 

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Allied Printers Staff: printing covers for How to Be a River and Watermarks.

Friesens: printing Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle.

Imprimerie Gauvin: printing Goldey and Funnyfin.

University of Regina Printing Services Staff: printing interior pages for How to Be a River and Watermarks. 


Kathy Hamre: bookbinding expertise and support for How to Be a River and Watermarks. Kathy is a book artist who lives in Regina and plays in locations around the world. She has been making handmade books since 1995. 


The bookbinding team for How to Be a River and Watermarks: Kathy Hamre, Brenda Niskala, Bruce Rice, Stewart Klyne, Carol Olson, Molly Moss, Evan Morris, Bev Lundahl, Pam Arter and Barbara Kahan.  

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Sean Sunley: website design and technical support for

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General support

Evan Morris: daily assistance in every respect, from dealing with computer and printer glitches and providing rides to feedback on publishing decisions (small and large) and morale-boosting good humour. Evan is the principal of EcoTech Research Ltd.

Molly Moss: suggestions regarding logo development and promotional material and ongoing support and encouragement

Gary Robins: wording and design expertise for promotional material and ongoing support and encouragement. Gary is the principal of Available Light.

Tracy Hamon: suggestions regarding promotional and funding opportunities. Tracy is with the Saskatchewan Writers Guild

Jackie Lay: overview and advice regarding publishing details and direction. Jackie is with Hagios Press

Paul Wilson: overview and advice regarding publishing details and direction. Paul is with Hagios Press.

David CaronDavid Caron: overview and advice regarding publishing details and direction. David is Co-Publisher of ECW Press.      

Nik BurtonNik Burton: overview and advice regarding publishing details and direction. Nik Burton is Managing Editor of Coteau Books. 


Tanya Rogoschewsky: facilitating the partnership between Wild Sage Press and Connaught Branch, Regina Public Library, for Wild Sage's 2012 launch and 2013 launch. Tanya is 
Branch Head, Connaught Branch, Regina Public Library.


Sharon Kahan: assistance with setting up and maintaining Facebook, feedback on promotional material, and ongoing encouragement and interest.

Lisa Brownstone: feedback on promotional material, Wild Sage Press's first financial donor, and ongoing encouragement and interestLisa is an Occupational Therapist and Community Developer in Regina, Saskatchewan, who loves the arts, reading and living without cats.


Coby Stephenson: assistance with social media and promotion. Coby is the author of Violet Quesnel.

Brennan Kahan: feedback on promotional material and ongoing encouragement and interest.

Dorothy Banka: feedback on promotional material and ongoing encouragement and interest.

Brenda Niskala: ongoing encouragement and interest. Brenda is Co-Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Publishers Group and a Wild Sage Press author.

Laura Burkhart: ongoing encouragement and interest. Laura is a Wild Sage Press author.

Mary McNutt: distribution of promotional material and ongoing encouragement and interest.

Miriam Hoffer: ongoing encouragement and interest.

Tara Kahan: ongoing encouragement and interest.

 Rosanne Glass: ongoing encouragement and interest.



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Vision & coordinating

Barbara Kahan: publisher of Wild Sage Press. Barbara is an award-winning author with numerous publications to her credit, including the non-fiction book Healthier Children (Keats Publishing) and the poetry chapbook Illuminated Tales of Romance (if press). She has worked in a youth centre (Montreal), neighbourhood information centre (Toronto) and a feminist printing press (London, England). She co-founded and co-managed a community bookstore (Tumbleweed Books, Regina), job-shared the position of executive director of the Saskatchewan Publishers Group, and has provided local, national and international consulting in the areas of health and social issues (Kael Consulting). She is the editor of the website IDM Best Practices (for health promotion, public health and population health). She has two grown children and lives with her life partner Evan in Regina.

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Every effort has been made to use environmentally friendly paper. The paper stock for Wild Sage Press's first two titles, Neena Classic Linen and Laid have the following environmental production and distribution characteristics:

  • acid free
  • minimum 30% post consumer fiber (and "mill processes, including packaging, are environmentally preferable")
  • recycled content processed chlorine free
  • made with 100% renewable green energy 
  • carbon neutral plus ("ensuring a reduction in carbon emissions plus a commitmen to conserve the environment")
  • environmentally responsible management of forests
  • environmentally responsible delivery of paper

The Neenah Environment Smooth cover stock used for one of the books is also made with: 100% renewable green energy, a minimum of 30% post consumer fiber processed chlorine free, a commitment to reduce carbon emissions, and a commitment to environmentally responsible management of forests.

The Pacesetter Silk cover stock used for the other book is totally chlorine free and made with a commitment to environmentally responsible management of forests.

The French Paper Parchtone endpapers for both books are produced with 100% renewable electricity (hydroelectric - "saving over one million barrels of fossil fuels to date"). 

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Wild Sage Press is financed through sales, donations, the publisher's contribution, and government grants. Wild Sage Press is very grateful to all its funding sources!

Publishing made possible with the support of Creative Saskatchewan.

Participation made possible through Creative Saskatchewan's Market and Export Development Grant Program.

Huge thanks go to Creative Saskatchewan, which has contributed to the production of the following titles: Blue Grama, We're Already Home, and Tending the Tree of LifeCreative Saskatchewan has also provided Wild Sage Press with two marketing and expoert development grants: one for the revision of this website, and the second for focused marketing of Wild Sage Press titles. The former Grants to Publishers program, which preceded Creative Saskatchewan, contributed to the production of Goldeye and Funnyfin and to coordination costs

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As of June, 2015:
Although Wild Sage Press is a young publisher (its first books were launched in fall of 2012), it has begun to make its presence felt. All of its launches (Regina, Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Vernon) and numerous other sales events have been very successful, more physical and online outlets are selling the books, the books have received favourable reviews, and media are starting to pay attention.  

Wild Sage Press's first two titles (How to Be a River and Watermarks) were limited edition handbound books of poetry. Both books sold out and are now in their second printing, which in turn are both close to being sold out. A third poetry book was published in 2014; Blue Grama (with botanical illustrations and field notes) is also close to being sold out. Wild Sage's two children's books, Dorothy McMoogle with Kumquat and Bugle and Goldeye and Funnyfin, launched in 2013, and the play We're Already Home, launched in 2014, are enjoying respectable sales. The latest publication, the memoir Tending the Tree of Life, has fewer than half its copies left and has received an enthusiastic response from people who have read it.

Wild Sage Press's success to date is due to the generous support it has received from a number of sources. Wild Sage works closely with publishing-related professionals such as award-winning Regina author Bruce Rice (editing) and LM Publication Services Ltd. (design). Connaught Branch of Regina Public Library partnered with Wild Sage Press in publicizing and hosting Wild Sage's three Regina book launches. Individuals with Coteau Books, Hagios Press, Your Nickel's Worth Publishing, University of Regina Press and SaskBooks have provided advice. Kathy Hamre, a noted bookbinder, donated her time to assist with hand binding Wild Sage's first two publications. An enthusiastic group of volunteers continues to assist with different tasks such as promotion and providing feedback on different aspects of the publishing process. Several individual donors, the Grants to Publishers program, and Creative Saskatchewan have provided funding to Wild Sage Press. Creative Saskatchewan has provided the bulk of these funds, and have made a huge contribution to the continued existence of Wild Sage Press as the publisher of exquisite limited editions and small print run publications. 

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Unsolicited submissions and queries are not accepted.  

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Questions & Answers

why the name "Wild Sage" | tasks of a publisher | price setting | why no unsolicited submissions/queries
choosing publications | Wild Sage affiliations | website background image | website logo

Why is the press called "Wild Sage"?

Wild: free to breathe, move, sing, feel, create...

Sage: spare kind of beauty, wisdom, scent of nature, diversity of type, seeds of growth, joins sky and earth...

What does a publisher do?

A publisher establishes the vision for the press (the fun part), and works hard (with a lot of help along the way) to bring a manuscript from draft stage to a published book (the sometimes frustrating, sometimes exhilarating part). The publisher's tasks include:

  • selecting which manuscripts to publish
  • making sure the manuscript is well edited (most often by arranging for the writer work with an editor)
  • ensuring the publication's cover and interior pages are well designed (done in-house or by working with a designer/typographer) which involves selecting cover and sometimes interior art, paper stock and fonts, and  layout
  • arranging details such as contracts with authors, ISBN numbers (the unique number that identifies a book), Cataloguing in Publication information (data on the copyright page for libraries)
  • preparing the final copy to send to the printer, for example by ensuring all details are included such as copyright and dedication and acknowledgements and correcting typos, other types of errors and layout issues (margins, headers and footers, page numbering...)
  • obtaining printing quotes and selecting a high-quality printer and then arranging for the final production of the books (printing and binding)
  • promoting the books, for example by creating a logo, developing and maintaining a website, holding a launch, sending emails, distributing flyers and brochures, arranging for author readings...
  • talking to tons of people to get advice and feedback, and then following up on the advice and feedback
  • administering, for example, by arranging for legal details such as business licences and name registration, collecting and paying appropriate taxes, budgetting, paying expenses, hopefully collecting revenue, bookkeeping...
  • getting a sense of satisfaction from doing one's best and contributing gifts of books to the world 

How is the price set for Wild Sage Press books?

First the production costs are calculated: editing, cover art, design work and typography, printing. Unfortunately costs are higher for Wild Sage Press than for most other presses because the small print runs for each book drive up the per unit printing cost. Also, Wild Sage's high quality production choices, for example end sheets and flaps with some of the books, also increases costs.

For the second step, a spreadsheet is created to determine which book price will cover the costs, taking into account free copies that will not bring in any revenue (for example to the National Library and reviewers), and estimated numbers of books that will sell at a discounted price (for example to whole salers) and those that will sell at full price. 

Other costs to include in the equation are start-up, maintenance and ongoing improvement costs (e.g. website development, administration costs such as business license, office supplies such as printer cartridges, and marketing costs such as advertising). 

The reality of publishing is that most publishers receive government funding, which allows them to price books lower and make them more accessible to readers. Wild Sage Press is hugely grateful to Creative Saskatchewan for its support - and to individual donors such as Meldon Kahan, Jerome Summers and Lisa Brownstone. 

Why aren't unsolicited submissions and queries accepted?

Wild Sage Press is composed of a work force of only one person and does not have enough resources (time or money) to review numerous submssions or to publish more than two books a year, which means the slots for publication are filled very quickly.  

How does Wild Sage choose its publications?

The publisher chooses only very high quality manuscripts she feels passionate about.  

What affiliations does Wild Sage have?

Wild Sage Press is a member of SaskBooks, CISS (Canadian ISBN Service System) and Access Copyright. It has a GST number, a PST vendor's license, a City of Regina home business license, and is registered with the Province of Saskatchewan. It has a Facebook page, Twitter account, and Pinterest account. 

What is the story about the background image of this website?

The basage Buffalo Pound SKckground is a photograph of prairie sagewort (also called pasture sage and fringed sagebrush) growing wild on the north side of Buffalo Pound Lake (near Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan, Canada). It was snapped by the publisher when out on a hike with her family in summer of 2011.  






What does the website logo mark represent?

The three lines represent a stylized "W" (the first initial of Wild Sage Press) and also a wild sage plant. The three dots represent seeds - seeds of creativity, seeds of positive change. 


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