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.


Photo: Kaie Kellough

Photo by: Kevin Calixte

Kaie Kellough

Virtual Residency for Winter 2021

Kaie Kellough is a novelist, poet, and sound performer. His work emerges at a crossroads of social engagement and formal experiment. From western Canada, he lives in Montréal and has roots in Guyana, South America.

His books include Dominoes at the Crossroads (short fiction, Véhicule, 2020) and Magnetic Equator (poetry, McClelland and Stewart, 2019) winner of the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize. His novel Accordéon (ARP, 2016) was a finalist for the 2017 Amazon/Walrus Foundation First Novel Award.

Kaie’s vocal performance, recorded audio, and electronic narrative explore migration and the suspension of arrival. Since 2011 he has created mixed media compositions with saxophonist and synthesist Jason Sharp.

Kaie’s work has traveled internationally, notably to festivals in the UK, Australia, Asia, and continental Europe. He continues to craft new passages. 

He is the winner of the 2020 QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction; a finalist for the Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal 2020; and was longlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Virtual Office Hours and Appointments 
Wednesday and Thursday 11am-1pm and Friday 1pm-3pm


Excerpts from:


20/21 Writer-in-Residence Inaugural Reading

Maroon Time: Time and Ancestry in the Poem
Kaie Kellough



Publishing Landscape for BIPOC Writers

Kaie Kellough and Armand Ruffo in conversation



2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner and author of How to Pronounce Knife

Kaie Kellough in conversation with Souvankham Thammavongsa (March 5, 2021)



Language, Liberation, and Design

Kevin Yuen Kit Lo and Dani Spinosa
Moderated by Kaie Kellough (March 16, 2021)




Writers in Residence since 2006

Photo: Canisia Lubrin

Canisia Lubrin - 2019

  • Poet, teacher, and editor. Her book, Voodoo Hypothesis, was nominated for the Gerald Lampert award, the Pat Lowther award and was a finalist for the Raymond Souster award.

Photo: Catherine Hernandez

Catherine Hernandez - 2018

  • Proud queer woman of colour, radical mother, activist, theatre practitioner, award-winning author, and Outgoing Artistic Director of b current Performing Arts. 

Photo: Karen Solie

Karen Solie - 2017

  • Writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. She is the winner of the Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize.

Photo: Emily Pohl-Weary

Emily Pohl-Weary - 2015

  • Poet, YA novelist, biographer and arts educator. She is the winner of the Hugo Award from the World Science Fiction Society.

Photo: Steven Heighten

Steven Heighton - 2014

  • Poet, novelist, short story and non-fiction author. He is the winner of the Gerald Lampert Award and four Gold National Magazine awards.

Photo: Mary Huggard

Photo: Tim Wynne-Jones

Tim Wynne-Jones - 2013

  • Internationally-acclaimed novelist, YA novelist, and Children's Author. He has won the Governor-Generals' Award for Children's Literature, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work that is considered inspirational to Canadian Youth.

Photo: Phil Hall

Phil Hall - 2012

  • Poet, winner of the Governor-General's Award for Poetry, and the Trillium Book Award.

Photo: Ann Silversides

Photo: Diane Schoemperlen

Diane Schoemperlen - 2012

  • Internationally-acclaimed novelist and writer of non-fiction. She has won the Governor-General's Award for Fiction, and the Marian Engel Award.

Photo: Stuart Ross

Stuart Ross - 2010

  • Poet, fiction writer, editor for Mansfield Press's "Stuart Ross imprint", winner of the ReLit Award, and co-founder of the Toronto Small Press Book Fair.

Photo: Helen Humphreys

Helen Humphreys - 2009

  • Acclaimed novelist, poet, author of non-fiction, and the winner of the Lambda Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize.

Photo: Billeh Nickerson

Billeh Nickerson - 2008

  • Poet, professor of Creative Writing at Kwantlen University College, and the co-editor of Seminal: The Anthology of Canada's Gay Male Poets.

Photo: Lillian Allen

Lillian Allen - 2006

  • Internationally-recognized dub poet, Reggae musician, writer, and professor of Creative Writing at OCAD University.