Department of English


English Language and Literature

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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.


Catherine Hernandez

Photo by Marko Kovacevic, Makeup by Charm Torres

Catherine Hernandez

Writer in Residence, Fall 2018

Contact Information

613-533-6000, ext. 79313
Office: Watson Hall, Room 529

Office Hours: Catherine will be on campus on Fridays all term, meeting with members of the Queen’s community as well as the wider Kingston community. To make an appointment to talk about your writing, please contact her in advance at:


Welcome Event

Friday September 21st at 2:30 pm
Watson Hall, Room 517
49 Bader Lane, Queen’s University

All are welcome!


Catherine Hernandez is a proud queer woman of colour, radical mother, activist, theatre practitioner, award-winning author, and the Artistic Director of b current performing arts. Her plays include: The Femme Playlist (b current, Eventual Ashes and Sulong Theatre), Singkil (fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company in association with Factory Theatre), Eating with Lola (Sulong Theatre and Next Stage Festival), Kilt Pins (Sulong Theatre) and Future Folk (collectively written by the Sulong Theatre Collective, produced by Theatre Passe Muraille). She has served playwright residencies at Theatre Passe Muraille, Carlos Bulosan Theatre, Shaw Festival Theatre, Blyth Festival Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Nightswimming Theatre. Her children’s book, M is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book, was published by Flamingo Rampant and her plays Kilt Pins and Singkil were published by Playwright’s Canada Press. Catherine’s first full-length fiction, Scarborough, won the Jim Wong-Chu Award for the unpublished manuscript, was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Awards, shortlisted for the Evergreen Forest of Reading Award, the Trillium Book Award and longlisted for Canada Reads. Scarborough made the "best of 2017" lists for The Globe and Mail, National Post, Quill and Quire and CBC Books. Catherine was named one of 17 Writers to Watch by CBC Books. She is currently working on her second children's book, I Promise (Arsenal Pulp Press 2019), her second novel Crosshairs and her final play, Library.



Singkil (2009) Playwrights Canada Press
Kilt Pins (2012) Playwrights Canada Press
M is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book (2015) Flamingo Rampant Press
Scarborough (2017) Arsenal Pulp Press
The Femme Playlist/I Cannot Lie to the Stars that Made Me (2018) Playwrights Canada Press