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: Canisia Lubrin

Photo by: Anna Keenan

Canisia Lubrin

Residency for Fall 2019


Office: Watson Hall, Room 529


Welcome Event

Friday September 13th at 2:30 pm
Watson Hall, Room 517
49 Bader Lane, Queen’s University

All are welcome!

Canisia Lubrin was born in St. Lucia and studied in Canada, completing a bachelor's degree at York University and a graduate degree in creative writing at the University of Guelph. Her first collection of poems, Voodoo Hypothesis, was published in 2017 by Wolsak & Wynn. Voodoo Hypothesis, in the author's words, intends to subvert the construct of 'blackness' and reject the contemporary and historical systems that paint black people as inferior. The book also addresses the legacy of slavery in Lubrin's native Caribbean. Voodoo Hypothesis was nominated for the Gerald Lampert award, the Pat Lowther award and was a finalist for the Raymond Souster award. It was named one of 2017's best books in Canadian poetry by CBC Books and one of the ten 'must-read' books of 2017 by the League of Canadian Poets. CBC Books also named Lubrin a Black Canadian writer to watch in 2018. Lubrin's short story Into Timmins is anthologized in The Unpublished City: Vol. I, edited by Dionne Brand, finalist for the 2018 Toronto Book Awards. In addition to her career as a poet, Lubrin teaches at Humber College and works as an editor with Buckrider Books, an imprint of Canadian independent press Wolsak & Wynn. Her second collection of poetry, The Dyzgraphxst, will be published by Penguin/Random House in 2020.


Writers in Residence since 2006

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.