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Saskatchewan diaspora An award-winning poet, journalist and prolific author, Mark Abley (BA’75) had lived in the English midlands, northern Ontario and southern Alberta by the time he arrived in Saskatoon as a boy of twelve in 1967. He attended City Park Collegiate and the University of Saskatchewan, winning the Governor General’s Gold Medal upon his graduation from the College of Arts & Science. He went on to study at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. For the past 30 years he has lived in and around Montreal. Abley’s many books include Beyond Forget: Rediscovering the Prairies (1986), Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages (2003) and Conversations with a Dead Man: The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott (2013). Spoken Here was a New York Times Notable Book, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year and a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year. He has also been recognized for his critical writing and international reporting by the National Newspaper Awards. Though he has not resided in Saskatoon since the late 1970s, he continues to think of the city as a spiritual home. Next year his book Tongues of Earth: New and Selected Poems will be published by a Saskatchewan press, Coteau Books. Abley is one of the College of Arts & Science’s first 100 Alumni of Influence (2009).