Past Writers-in-Residence

The Canadian Writer-in-Residence is chosen by the program's steering committee, comprised of members of the Calgary literary community, as well as University of Calgary faculty members and a graduate student representative. Our writers-in-residence dedicate half their time to their own writing, and half their time to community engagement, working to help the program enrich Calgary's literary landscape. Many of our writers-in-residence have gone on to have distinguished literary careers, winning Governor General's Literary Awards and the Giller Prize, among other accolades.


2018 - 2019
Liz Howard

2017 - 2018
Denise Chong

2016 - 2017
Shane Book

2015 - 2016
Nick Thran

2014 - 2015
Ian Williams

2013 - 2014
Sara Tilley

2012 - 2013
Deborah Willis

2011 - 2012
Jeramy Dodds

2010 - 2011
Oana Avasilichioaei

2009 - 2010
Marcello Di Cintio

2008 - 2009
Charlotte Gill

2007 - 2008
Sina Queyras

2006 - 2007
Jaspreet Singh

2005 - 2006
Melanie Little

2004 - 2005
Natalee Caple

2003 - 2004
Robert Finley

2002 - 2003
Suzette Mayr

2001 - 2002
Eden Robinson

2000 - 2001
Laura Robinson

1999 - 2000
Richard Sanger

1998 - 1999
Peter Oliva

1997 - 1998
Larissa Lai

1996 - 1997
Rosemary Nixon

1995 - 1996
Richard Harrison

1994 - 1995
Ven Begamudré

1993 - 1994
Roberta Rees