Writer-in-Residence Program

The English and Film Studies Writer-in-Residence Program

The Writer-in-Residence Program is a 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 Thomas Wharton
Writer-in-Residence Committee Chair
Department of English and Film Studies
University of Alberta
3-5 Humanities Centre
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E5

Upcoming Event



On Tuesday, April 4th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, the Writer-in-Residence Program celebrates the 26th annual WiR exchange by hosting Leah Horlick, 2022-23 Writer-in-Residence at the University of Calgary's Distinguished Writing Program. Join us at on the main floor of the ED North Foyer in Education Centre North for an evening of readings with Leah and Bänoo Zan, the 2022-23 Writer-in-Residence at the University of Alberta. Stay after the readings for an audience Q&A and author discussion, a book sale and signing, snacks and refreshments. Visit the Facebook page and website for updates and details on accessibility, building access, and parking! Please direct any questions to twharton@ualberta.ca.

6:30pm   Welcome and Book Sale
7:00pm   Greetings and Introductions from Thomas Wharton
7:05pm   Reading by Leah Horlick
7:25pm   Reading by Bänoo Zan
7:45pm   Audience Q&A and Readers Discussion
8:00pm   Book Sale and Book Signing
8:20pm   Closing Remarks and Thanks

Please note, this event is in-person AND will be live recorded! Readers will use microphones, speakers, and lighting at this event.

For in-person attendees, this event is free, requires no registration, and offers snacks and refreshments. Face masks are strongly recommended on U of A campuses, especially in indoor high-traffic areas. Please visit this page for the U of A's measures about masks and where to get a free face mask on campus.

Access considerations: Please support us by refraining from wearing scented personal products. Printed documents of readings will be shared, so attendees may follow along. Readers will provide content notices before applicable readings. We also encourage attendees to sit in comfortable sitting positions, as soft-seating chairs are available at the location. 

Copies of the author's books will be available for purchase and author signature on-site, provided by Glass Bookshop.

Leah Horlick is the author of three books of poetry. Her long-awaited, most recent collection Moldovan Hotel was released by Brick Books in spring 2021. Her debut, Riot Lung (Thistledown Press, 2012), was shortlisted for both a ReLit Award and a Saskatchewan Book Award. Her second collection, For Your Own Good (Caitlin Press, 2015), was named a Stonewall Honor Title by the American Library Association in 2016. That same year, she won the Dayne Ogilvie Prize, Canada’s only award for LGBT emerging writers.

Leah is also the author of wreckoning, a chapbook produced with artist Alison Roth Cooley and JackPine Press. In 2018, her piece “You Are My Hiding Place” was named Poem of the Year by ARC Poetry Magazine and shortlisted for inclusion in the 44th Pushcart Prize. For five years, Leah and her dear friend Estlin McPhee ran REVERB, a queer and anti-oppressive reading series. After many years away, she now lives where she grew up: as a settler on Treaty Six Territory and the homelands of the Métis in Saskatoon.

Bänoo Zan is a poet, librettist, translator, teacher, editor, and poetry curator with more than 250 published poems and poetry-related pieces as well as three books including Songs of Exile and Letters to My Father. She is the founder of Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Canada’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series (inception: 2012), a brave space that bridges the gap between communities of poets from different ethnicities, nationalities, religions (or lack thereof), ages, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, poetic styles, voices and visions. Bänoo is the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Alberta, Canada from September 2022 to May 2023. Find more on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Parking and Transit
The Education Centre North Building is located at 111210 - 87 Ave NW and accessible by foot, bike, car, bus, or LRT.

The following Edmonton Transit’s bus stops will get you within a couple blocks: 112 St & 87 Av-WB (numbers 008, 726, 902), University Transit Centre (numbers 203, 204, 404, or 414), University Transit Centre Bay A (numbers 004, 723, 726, or 920X), University Transit Centre Bay B (numbers 004, 008, 051, 637, 726, or 902), and 114 Street & 89 Avenue (numbers 004, 008, 051, 637, 723, 726, 902, 920X). DATS drop-offs are on 112 St NW (near the Timms Centre) and 114 St NW (near the Education Car Park).

The LRT’s Capitol Line and Metro Line will get you to the University Station NB (northbound), located nearby at 112 St & 89 Ave (northside access) and 114 St & 89 Ave (southside access).

Visitor parking is in the Education Car Parkade (470 spaces) located off of 114 St & 87 Ave NW. It is a covered and multilevel lot, and evening parking (17:30-06:00am) costs $6.50 per hour. Accessibility parking is available, and the nearby DATS drop-off is near the west-facing entrance. The Parkade connects to a pedway on the east side, connecting you to interior routes leading through the Education Centre South and North Buildings.

Additional visitor parking is in Parking Lot A (69 spaces), located off of 88 Ave Commons (behind the Brain & Aging Research Building and St. Stephen’s College). It is a surface-level lot, and parking costs $6.50 an hour.

See the Education Centre North Building and surrounding area on the campus map.



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