Thelma Poirier

Thelma Poirier

Rancher, Poet

Thelma Poirier grew up on a ranch in southern Saskatchewan and has since spent her adult life on ranches near Fir Mountain, Saskatchewan.  She moved to Glentworth 2004 and writes about the land, the animals and vegetation of Southwestern Saskatchewan and ranching. She has published poetry collections titled Grasslands, The Private Hearings (1990), Double Visions (1984), Rock Creek Blues (1998), two books for young readers: Children of the Wood Mountain Uplands, The Bead Pot and a creative non-fiction memoir, Rock Creek.  In 2012 Poirier won the Sask Poetry Award for Rock Creek Blues.

Poirier has contributed to portions of the Parks Canada publication, .Field Guide to the Grasslands National Park and has edited several books about ranching, among them:  Beyond the Range, Cowgirls: 100 Years of Writing the Range (2002), Grass Roots, Wood Mountain Uplands and A Voice of Her Own (2005).

Other publications include Rodeo Kids (1998), and most recently The Grasslanders:  Ranch Stories from Grasslands National Park to be published in 2017.

In 2012 she was the winner of the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry and shortlisted for the Acorn-Plantos Award.

Elizabeth Seitz, 2017
with information from Thelma Poirier
Photograph courtesy of Thelma Poirier

Archival Collections (Finding Aids in PDF format)

2017-46 - Professional papers related to writing, 1989-2010