Department of English


English Language and Literature

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Past Writers in Residence


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.