Past Distinguished Visiting Writers

Learn more about the internationally acclaimed authors we've brought to Calgary.

Distinguished Visiting Writers are nominated by the CDWP steering committee every year. The CDWP brings these writers of international stature to Calgary for free, public events to fulfil our mandate of enriching Calgary's literary community.


2019-2020
Lee Maracle
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Gwen Benaway

2018 - 2019
Amitav Ghosh

2017 - 2018
Marlon James

2016 - 2017
Michael Chabon

2015 - 2016
Zadie Smith

2014 - 2015
Shyam Selvadurai
Evelyn Lau

2013 - 2014
Neil Gaiman
Alberto Manguel

2012 - 2013
Margaret Atwood 

2011 - 2012
Billy Collins

2010 - 2011
Art Spiegelman

2009 - 2010
Margaret MacMillan

2008 - 2009
Alberto Ríos  

2007 - 2008
Derek Walcott
Daphne Marlatt

2006 - 2007
Frederick Busch Tribute

2005 - 2006
Rudy Wiebe
Oliver Sacks

2004 - 2005
Alistair MacLeod

2003 - 2004
Anita Rau Badami
Dionne Brand
Louis de Bernières

2002 - 2003
Robert Kroetsch
Wole Soyinka

2001 - 2002
Nicole Brossard
Timothy Findley

2000 - 2001
Gary Burns
Deepa Mehta
Erin Mouré
Paul Quarrington
Anne Wheeler

1999 - 2000
Emma Donoghue
Tony Kushner

1998 - 1999
Dionne Brand
Louise Halfe
Alberto Manguel
Adrienne Rich

1997 - 1998
Anita Rau Badami
Rose Scollard

1996 - 1997
Louis de Bernières
Ursula K. Le Guin
Steve McCaffery
D.M. Thomas

1995 - 1996
Robin Blaser
Robert Creeley
Keri Hulme
Sir Laurens van der Post
Yevgeny Yevtushenko

1994 - 1995
David Albahari
Marilyn Dumont
Thomas King
Tom Raworth

1993 - 1994
Michael Ondaatje