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The Department of English and Creative Writing is Proud to Announce The University of Windsor 2021 Writer-in-Residence: 

Poet Cecily Nicholson

Feb 22 – Mar 22

Photo credit: Marty Gervais 

Inaugural Reading Feb 22, 7:00PM EST 

Cecily Nicholson’s Inaugural Public Reading takes place online on Monday Feb 22nd, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. The event is open to all. Online event link is available here  

Cecily Nicholson's Inaugural Reading and Launch of her Writer-in-Residency at the University of Windsor, Feb-22, includes some extra guests: 

"Homage riffs" to celebrate Cecily Nicholson's arrival will be delivered as part of the event by English and Creative Writing senior undergrads Brandon Cormier and Rawand Mustafa and by graduate student Jade Wallace. 

As well, Fred Wah, former poet laureate of Canada, and Governor General's Award winner, will engage Cecily Nicholson in a conversation about poetry and poetics to conclude the event. Wah is author of over twenty volumes, including the latest, Music at the Heart of Thinking, a book forty years in the making, and Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962-1991


Cecily Nicholson will be available to the campus and Windsor communities for one-on-one creative writing consultations during her month-long residency, starting Feb. 24. 

To arrange for a manuscript consultation please contact English Department Secretary, April Morris: amorris@uwindsor.ca. One week from the consultation date, please submit a maximum of 10 pages double-spaced of your creative writing to April, and she will set up one of the Wed, Thurs, Fri meeting slots.  

Cecily Nicholson’s Poetry 

Cecily Nicholson is the author of the poetry books Triage and From the Poplars, winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Her most recent work, Wayside Sang, which considers the trajectories of her birth father and his labour in the Windsor-Detroit area, won the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language poetry. 

Praise for Wayside Sang

“Cecily Nicholson’s poetry seems like it should not be possible…. Within a short run, she pulls off impossible internal harmonies of definition and image. Reinventions of logic, reinventions of scale, reinventions of blues and jazz run triumphantly through this masterpiece. Nicholson’s poetry is the confidence of a people who stand against oppressors, and can declare that all prophets belong to us.” – Tongo Eisen-Martin, author of Heaven Is All Goodbyes 

The song of the earth, old and new, is sung at a place by the side of the road. Wayside’s social logic sang this then and now, on edge and over it, underneath and inside outskirts of the city where we stay and the commune that we follow.” – Fred Moten, author of A Poetics of the Undercommons 


Cecily Nicholson lives in New Westminster, BC. Qayqqayt, Musqueam and Stó:lō territories. She works in education and public engagement at the Surrey Art Gallery. She is part of the Joint Effort prison abolitionist group, and a member of the Research Ethics Board for Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Nicholson is past administrator of the artist-run centre Gallery Gachet and has worked since 2000 in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver. Her work engages often in collaboration with artists and educators. She holds a Masters degree in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Essays by Cecily Nicholson can be found online at The Poetry Foundation and at canadianart.ca, as well as in Anamnesia: Unforgetting (VIVO Media Arts, 2012). 

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Online essays:

“The Quality of Light,” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2016/04/the-quality-of-light 

“The Cheeky Proletariat,” https://canadianart.ca/features/porch-light-a-window/ 

The Writer-in-Residence Program 

The Department of English and Creative Writing has maintained a prestigious Writer-in-Residence program since its beginnings, hosting both short-term and long-term residencies. Past writers-in-residence include Lillian Allen, Bonnie Burnard, Margaret Christakos, Sally Clark, Alan Davies, Christopher Dewdney, Marilyn Dumont, Judith Fitzgerald, Lee Gowan, John B. Lee, Melanie Little, Donato Mancini, Daphne Marlatt, W.O. Mitchell, Daniel David Moses,  Rosemary Nixon, M. NourbeSe Philip, Nino Ricci, Mansel Robinson, Armand Ruffo, Gail Scott, Heather Spears, Reg Sylvester, Adele Wiseman, among many others. 

The 2021 Writer in Residence is generously supported by the Dean of FAHSS.