Every year the Department of English at McMaster University has the pleasure of hosting one or two writers in residence as the Mable Pugh Taylor Writer in Residence and/or the International Writer in Residence. The residency program brings an established writer into the Hamilton Bay area and allows new and aspiring writers to consult one-on-one with him or her. Writers in Residence have also made class visits to university, college, high school, and community classes. Resident writers give public readings from their work and help the Department of English and Cultural Studies maintain a lively contact with the Hamilton writing community. The program is also intended to give the writers in residence time to work on their own writing during the residency, so it protects 60% of the writers’ time for their own work.


The Program

The four-month residencies are co-sponsored through various combinations of funds from such sources as the Faculty of Humanities, the Canada Council, a generous donation from the Taylor family, and various contributing departments on McMaster campus. The 60/40 arrangement mentioned above is part of the conditions for the residency program
established by the Canada Council, with 60% of the writer’s time being reserved for her or his own writing and 40% for consulting one-on-one with apprentice writers in the community. While Writers in Residence usually make classroom visits, they are not asked to teach classes. The Department of English and Cultural Studies is in full support of this
arrangement because it offers us as the hosting institution the pleasure of contributing to Canadian writers’ financial security so they can have more time to write, and community members here have the opportunity to consult about new work with an established writer. Over the years, we’ve been pleased to see that our Writers in Residence have consulted as much or more with people from the general writing community in Hamilton as they have with writers from within McMaster itself.


Advertisements for the writer-in-residency are posted every two or three years in publications such as the Writers’ Union of Canada newsletter,
and an internal committee then vets the applications. Through this process we have been able to offer residencies to highly acclaimed writers of a variety of genres who hail from places across the country. They include Daniel David Moses, Sandra Birdsell, M.T. Kelly, Ven Begamudré, Shyam Selvadurai, Marlene NourbeSe Philip, Catherine Bush, JohnTerpstra, Daphne Marlatt, Petronila Cleto, Sheng XUE, and Lawrence Hill.

Anyone wishing to contact the writer-in-residence or to inquire about the program should call the Department of English office at 905-525-9140, ext. 24491.


The Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library are pleased to welcome



Mabel Pugh Taylor

Anne Simpson is a writer of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. She is the winner of the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for Quick (2007), the Griffin Poetry Prize for Loop (2003) and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Prize and the Atlantic Poetry Prize for Light Falls Through You (2000). She has also written two novels, Falling (2008), long listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and winner of the Dartmouth Award for Fiction, and Canterbury Beach (2001). Her book of essays, The Marram Grass: Poetry and Otherness (2009), delves into issues of poetry, art, and empathy.

Anne has been a writer-in-residence at libraries and universities across Canada. Recently, she was invited to do a short residency with the OSU Children’s Libraries in Ghana, West Africa.

Anne Simpson will be holding office hours between October 1, 2013 and January 31, 2014. On Tuesdays her office hours will be at the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster in Chester New Hall 212 and on Wednesdays at the Central Library on the third floor.

To contact Anne, email englwir@mcmaster.ca

Please join us for a welcome reception and a reading by Anne Simpson.
Tuesday, October 1 at 7 p.m. ~
Central Library, 5th Floor Board Room
Please RSVP to (905) 546-3200 x6342.