BIO

photo: Angela Gzowski
photo: Angela Gzowski

Laurie Sarkadi is a writer, editor, producer and latent singer-songwriter. She was born in Brantford, Ontario, in 1962 and grew up in nearby Guelph. She earned a BA in journalism from Ryerson University, which led to a summer job as a sports reporter in Brampton.

Unerring wanderlust took her to Europe, Africa and Western Canada, where she reported at newspapers in Didsbury, Wetaskiwin, Lethbridge and Red Deer, Alberta, as well as Canadian Press Edmonton. She moved to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, as the Edmonton Journal’s northern correspondent in 1989, writing passionately about the environment, women’s rights and the powerful struggle by Dene and Inuit to reclaim their inherent rights to self-government and self-determination.

When the Journal closed its bureau, she worked briefly as a policy analyst for the territorial Department of Aboriginal Affairs at the Beaufort-Delta and Deline self-government negotiating tables, then began a 16-year career with CBC North radio and television. As producer of the all-Inuktitut daily news show Igalaaq, she earned a CBC English Television Award for “Living Hope,” a ground-breaking live, interactive special on suicide prevention in Nunavut. She’s written and produced for CBC’s The National and The Current and was production manager in Canada for ZED’s feature-length documentary Ice Diamonds, by Paris-based director Jean Queyrat.

Her non-fiction appears in Canadian Geographic, The Globe and Mail, walrus.ca, edgenorth.ca, Up Here and the anthologies: Dropped Threads 3: Beyond the Small Circle and Kitchen Talk. She now edits the hyper-local Yellowknife magazine EDGE YK and fronts the dance band Wake Up Hazel. She lives off-grid in the wilderness outside of Yellowknife with her husband and has three sons. Voice in the Wild is her first book.

photo: Pat Kane Levi, Calvin, Francois, Laurie, Max.
photo: Pat Kane
Levi, Calvin, Francois, Laurie, Max.