Past Writers in Residence

The Alexandra Writers Centre Society’s Writer in Residence Program launched in 1996 to offer encouragement and support to emerging writers in the community. We have had poets who have gone on to become Governor General Award Winners, novelists, travel writers and more. 


Judith Pond

Judith Pond holds an MA in German Literature from Queen’s University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has published fiction and poetry in a wide range of Canadian Literary magazines, including Malahat Review, Grain, Prairie Fire, Event and Ryga, A Journal of Provocations. With Oberon Press of Ottawa, she has published fiction (Common Attractions) and four collections of poetry (An Early Day, Dance of Death, Lovers and Other Monsters, A Shape of Breath). Her work has appeared in Combats Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and on CBC Radio. She is represented by The Rights Factory, Toronto.

~ 2019 ~

Bradley Somer

~ 2018 ~

Sarah L. Johnson

~ 2017 ~

Micheline Maylor

~ 2016 ~

Lee Kvern

~ 2015 ~

Lauren Carter

~ 2014 ~

Ashley Little

~ 2013 ~

Lori Hahnel

~ 2012 ~

Marcello DiCintio

~ 2011 ~

Carolyn Pogue

~ 2010 ~

J. Jill Robinson


J. Jill Robinson is the author of four collections of short stories: Saltwater Trees, Lovely In Her Bones, Eggplant Wife, and Residual Desire. Her critically acclaimed fiction and creative nonfiction has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and literary journals and has won numerous awards. Born and raised on the west coast of BC, she has lived extensively in Calgary and in Saskatoon. She now divides her time between Banff, AB, and Galiano Island, BC.

~ 2009 ~

Rona Altrows

~ 2008 ~

Christopher Wiseman


Born and educated in England. After high school two years in the Royal Air Force and then university at Cambridge, then University of Iowa (USA) on a writing fellowship for three years. Then Glasgow, Scotland, where I was one of two founders of the English Dept. at the University of Strathclyde. After 7 years there, I came with family to Canada and have lived in Calgary ever since, teaching Creative Writing at the U. of C. for 28 years. Now retired and writing. Published 10 books of poetry and one study of a poet, and in many journals & anthologies and radio/TV programs. Won prizes for my work, including an Alberta Achievement Award for service to the literary arts. Have given nearly 200 readings from Victoria to St. John’s & in the US and UK. Last book (2008) 36 Cornelian Avenue, published by Vehicule Press. In John Updike’s Room: New and Selected Poems in 2006 from The Porcupine’s Quill.

~ 2007 ~

Rebecca Bradley


Rebecca Bradley is a Canadian novelist and archaeologist, with a doctorate in archaeology from the University of Cambridge. She was selected for the gift-child Berg Science Seminars program while living in Vancouver, B.C. She is best known for her fantasy trilogy consisting of The Lady in Gil (1996) and its two sequels.

~ 2006 ~

Bob Stamp


Robert Stamp is a Canadian historian (MA Toronto; PhD Western Ontario) who has taught in history, Canadian studies, and education programs, and has written widely in educational, social, transportation, and community history. Among his published books are: Canadian Education: a History (with J. D. Wilson and L.-P. Audet); The Schools of Ontario 1876-1976; School Days: A Century of Memories; The World of Tomorrow; Bridging the Border; and My Dearest Wife. His current research projects include a historical study on twentieth-century teacher education in Calgary, and an interdisciplinary study on the relationship between poetry and place in urban Alberta. He is associate dean (research) in the Faculty of Education, University of Calgary.

~ 2005 ~

Roberta Rees


Roberta Rees is a Canadian writer from Alberta. She is most noted for her short story collection Long After Fathers, which won the ReLit Award for short fiction, and was a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, in 2008.

~ 2004 ~

Betty Jane Hegerat & Catherine Fuller

~ 2003 ~

Barbara Scott


Barbara Scott is a Calgary fiction writer. Her first collection of short stories, The Quick, was selected for the Toronto Star’s list for best books of 1999. Her work has been published in such literary magazines as Grain and Prairie Fire, and has been anthologized in Due West, Albert Re/Bound and several school texts. Scott has a BA and MA in English from the University of Calgary. She has taught various creative writing courses and workshops, and is also an award-winning editor of fiction and creative non-fiction.

~ 2002 ~

Richard Harrison


Richard Harrison is a multiple-award-winning poet, essayist, and editor. His most recent book, On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood, has been awarded the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry.  The book was shortlisted for the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize and won the Stephan G. Stephansson Alberta Poetry Prize.  His six books of poetry include Big Breath of a Wish, poems about his daughter’s acquisition of language, and Hero of the Play, poems in the language of hockey, launched at the Hockey Hall of Fame. He has published on literary criticism, cosplay, spoken word poetry, and mathematics. As well as hockey and literature (about which he co-edited the collection Now is the Winter), Richard also contributes to the scholarship on the superhero: with MRU colleague Lee Easton, he co-authored the book of essays, Secret Identity Reader (2010). Richard teaches composition, creative writing (poetry), and comics and graphic novels.

~ 2001 ~

Hiromi Goto

~ 2000 ~

Faye Reineberg Holt

~ 1999 ~

Rosemary Nixon

~ 1998 ~

Cecelia Frey


Cecelia Frey has written six books of fiction including The Prisoner of Cage Farm and A Fine Mischief. Her short stories and poetry have been published in dozens of literary journals and anthologies as well as being broadcast on CBC Radio and performed on the Women’s Television Network. She has worked as an editor, teacher and freelance writer, is a three-time recipient of the Writer’s Guild of Alberta Short Fiction Award, and has also won awards for playwriting. Cecelia lives in Calgary with her family.

~ 1997 ~

Shirlee Smith Matheson


~ 1996 ~

Ashis Gupta


Ashis Gupta is a novelist, poet, publisher and academic.  Ashis Gupta completed a Ph.D. in English literature at Harvard University in the mid 1970s. The title of his dissertation is The Ironies of Moral Experience in Spenser’s Fairie Queene. He and his wife Swapna moved to Calgary in 1978. Gupta went on to teach management studies in Calgary, retiring from the Haskayne School of Business in 2003.  Ashis Gupta co-founded the independent publishing house Bayeux Arts with Swapna Gupta in 1994.