Department of English


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Writer in Residence


For one term each academic year, the Department of English welcomes a writer in residence to participate in a range of literary events and to offer advice and mentorship to students involved in creative writing. This program is supported by a Canada Council grant and by Queen's University. The Department is grateful to Carolyn Smart for organizing the writer in residence program, and to Pat Rae and Marta Straznicky, successive Heads of the Department, for their help in establishing it.


Emily Pohl-WearyPhoto: Emily Pohl-Weary

Writer in Residence, Fall 2015

Contact Information

613-533-6000, ext. 79313

Office: Watson Hall, Room 529
Office Hours:


Award-winning author, editor, and arts educator Emily Pohl-Weary has published seven books, a series of girl pirate comics, and her own literary magazine.

She has been the University of the Fraser Valley’s 2015 Kuldip Gill Writing Fellowship Writer in Residence and the 2014 Toronto Public Library system’s eWriter-in-Residence for Young Voices. From July to September 2015, she lived in Dawson City, Yukon, as the writer-in-residence at the Pierre Berton House.

Her new collection of poetry, Ghost Sick, was released in February 2015. Her most recent novel for teens, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, was published by Penguin Razorbill (Canada) and Skyscape (U.S.A.) in fall 2013. Her other books include Strange Times at Western High, Girls Who Bite Back, A Girl Like Sugar, Iron-on Constellations, and Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril.

Emily also leads creative writing workshops that focus on advanced writing skills, learning tools for conflict-resolution and processing trauma, and finding your unique voice.

For six years, she ran Toronto Street Writers, a free writing group for inner-city youth in the neigbourhood where she grew up. For three years, she facilitated a weekly writing workshop for residents of Sagatay (Na-Me-Res), a long-term transitional home for First Nations, Metis and Inuit men. She co-founded and co-coordinated the Academy of the Impossible, a community learning center where people taught each other how to achieve their dreams through innovative artistic, technological, social and literacy programs. She is a writing mentor for the Dream Team, a group of psychiatric system survivors who advocate against stigmatizing people with mental health issues.

Emily holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She’s currently working toward a PhD in Adult Education and Community Development at University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Her scholarly research is on community-based writing programs.