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2017/18 Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor

Call for Poet

The application deadline has now passed for this appointment.


The University of Windsor seeks to fill a four-month residency position for a Canadian Poet-in-Residence as part of our Writer-in-Residence program.

The candidate must provide proof of Canadian citizenship (or landed immigrant status). The position runs either from September through December of 2017 or January through April 2018 and is co-funded by The Canada Council for the Arts in association with the Department of English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing, and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Windsor. The writer is selected by departmental faculty committee and approved by departmental council.

The purpose of the Writer-in-Residence (WIR) programme is to give the Writer-in-Residence time to write while publicly involving the writer in consultative and facilitative capacities with students and other members of the campus and the local community. 60% of the writer’s time during this tenure is allotted to her or his private writing activities, and 40% to consultation and related public activities. This coming year we seek an author who specializes in poetry, although students writing in a range of genres will consult with the WIR. The WIR position comes with an office in the department equipped with internet access, phone, mail, printer, and some secretarial assistance.

Public highlights of the WIR calendar of events have included a well-publicized inaugural reading shortly after arrival, a reception in the Department to introduce the WIR to Heads of cognate Departments and other interested members of the campus community and the city, various class visits, and a farewell reading and reception. If the residency is in the Fall, we expect the WIR to participate in BookFest Windsor, a major literary event for the region, that takes place in late October or early November.

Over the course of the residency, the WIR is primarily involved in ongoing individual manuscript consultations (arranged through the Department Secretary’s office). The WIR will likely also be invited by creative writing faculty to participate (as a reader, presenter, facilitator) in creative writing classroom workshops (from introductory through to graduate levels), and may occasionally be invited by faculty in other departments to do presentations. In addition, the WIR is expected to initiate and take part in literary events and/or artistic collaborations both on campus and within the City of Windsor.

Past poets-in-residence include Alan Davies, Christopher Dewdney, Daphne Marlatt, and M. NourbeSe Philip.

The stipend for the position is $20,000 for the semester, payable monthly, although alternative arrangements can be made if needed. Candidates willing to relocate to the Windsor region will be preferred in this search. Candidates should include a letter of application along with 20-30 pages of work, and an up-to-date C.V. Upon completing this residency, the WIR is expected to prepare a short report summarizing his/her activities. 

For further information contact: mmurray@uwindsor.ca or holbrook@uwindsor.ca.