English and Film Studies

Writer-in-Residence, 2017-18

Margaret Christakos

Margaret Christakos 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.

Margaret 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.


Note from WIR Margaret Christakos:

As your Writer in Residence, I am here on campus to offer time, thought and attention to your creative writing and writing ideas. If you are interested in a manuscript consultation, please feel free to bring your work to me. You don't have to be in a creative writing class, or even an EFS student. You can be at any level of study. 

Drop in: 
On Wednesdays, I will reliably be in my office at 3-91 from 1pm to 5pm. You can drop by with your work, and/or with some thoughts on the writing you'd like to do/ have done/ would like to try. You can pop in and use it as a foot in the door for a longer meeting that we then set up, and/or bring by some of your work to leave with me to read and respond to. 
By Appointment: 
Otherwise, I'm available to meet with you on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, also from 1pm to 5pm, as long as we set up an appointment in advance. Send me an email at mchrista@ualberta.ca, to tell me about yourself and the work you'd like to discuss. We can set up an appointment, and arrange for you to drop your work in hard copy for me at the English and Film Studies department office. 
All genres: 
I'll read your writing in advance of your visit and then set up a time with you to come to my office and have a 30-40 minute discussion about it. I appreciate a week's notice, and invite you to give me up to ten pages of material in manuscript form. I am happy to look at poetry, short fiction, long fiction excerpts, and nonfiction writing, and will also read your draft scripts. You may also wish to discuss a writing idea or concept or float thoughts on interdisciplinary and intergenre approaches to writing— I'm interested in your creative explorations. 
As well, in mid-October I'll put a call out for participants for a project-based writing group, so listen for that. 
Looking forward to engaging with your writing, 

Please note ALL members of the Edmonton community are welcome to visit the Writer in Residence. 

Margaret Christakos
Writer in Residence 2017–18