Winnipeg Beach visual artist and poet Helma Rogge Rehders is surprised and delighted to be the first prize winner in the poetry category of the 2013 Free Press/Writers' Collective.
 
"When the phone rang, I thought to myself "who is calling this early?"" said Rogge Rehders.  The call was to tell her she  won for her poem "A Killdeer Calls."

"I just screamed into the phone "What??? No way!""
   
Rogge Rehders's award-winning poem had its genesis in a writer's workshop in Gimli given by David Arnason and John Weir.  

She said inspiration comes from her fellow writers in the Lake Winnipeg Writers Group and from where she lives near the lake in Winnipeg Beach.

"In my painting and my writing I give homage to the landscape and the wonderful life we live here.  Out my window I can see a snowy landscape of the the creek, the marsh and high spruce trees.  I find it inspiring."

Other winners of the Free Press/ Writer's Collective contest include Lawrence M. Pinsker and Amy Attas in the non-fiction category, as well as Joanne Strong for poetry.

You can hear Helma Rogge Rehders in conversation with guest host Laurie Hoogstraten Sunday morning at 7:40 on the Weekend Morning Show.