English and Film Studies

The Writer-in-Residence Program at the University of Alberta, Department of English.

Writer-in-Residence Program

The English and Film Studies Writer-in-Residence Program

The Writer-in-Residence Program is a year-long residency, from September 1st to May 31st, which for the last forty years has brought acclaimed writers from across Canada to Edmonton. While here, the Writer-in-Residence has time to pursue the WiR's own writing projects, while keeping office hours two half-days a week for writing consultation with university staff and students, as well as the general public in and around Edmonton.

If you'd like to know more about the Writer-in-Residence Program, contact:

Professor Marilyn Dumont
Writer-in-Residence Committee Chair
Department of English and Film Studies
University of Alberta
3-5 Humanities Centre
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E5


Our Writer-in-Residence 2017-18

Margaret Christakos has published nine collections of poetry, including Multitudes (2013, ReLit nominee), Welling (2010, A Globe 100 book), What Stirs (2008) and Sooner (2005, both Pat Lowther Memorial Award nominees), and Excessive Love Prostheses (2002, ReLit winner), as well as a novel, Charisma (2000, Trillium Book Award nominee). Her poetic practice explores direct and indirect address, the body, attachment, longing, lament, public speech and social hope. A collection of creative memoir, Her Paraphernalia: On Motherlines, Sex/Blood/Loss & Selfies, was published by Book Thug in Spring 2016.

Margaret was appointed Canada Council Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor in 2004-05. In 2012-13 she was the recipient of a two-year Chalmers Arts Fellowship. For the academic year of 2016-17, she was Canada Council Writer in Residence at the University of Western Ontario. As well, Wilfrid Laurier University Press published Space Between Her Lips: The Selected Poems of Margaret Christakos, edited by Gregory Betts, in Spring 2017.