English & Writing StudiesWestern Arts and Humanities

Current Writer-in-Residence

The Department of English and Writing Studies is proud to announce the 2014-15 Writer-in-Residence, Gary Barwin

gary barwinGary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist, and educator and the author of seventeen books of poetry and fiction as well as books for both teens and children. His work has been widely performed, broadcast, anthologized and published nationally and internationally. His latest book is Moon Baboon Canoe (poetry, Mansfield Press, 2014.) and he has just completed a novel, Yiddish for Pirates.

He received a PhD in music composition, a BA, BFA and a BEd and taught middle school and high school for nearly ten years. He has taught writing at McMaster University and at Mohawk College, to street-involved youth, and at Offcentre Arts and Creativity Workshops. He was the Fall 2013 Young Voices eWriter-in-Residence at the Toronto Public Library.

Barwin is winner of the 2013 City of Hamilton Arts Award (Writing), the Hamilton Poetry Book of the Year 2011, and co-winner of 2011 Harbourfront Poetry NOW competition, the 2010 bpNichol chapbook award, and the KM Hunter Artist Award. He has received major grants from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council for his work. His YA novel, Seeing Stars, was shorted listed for both the Crimewriters of Canada Arthur Ellis Award as well as the Canadian Library Association YA Book of Year, and his picturebook, The Magic Mustache, was chosen as a “Best Bet” by Macleans.

Barwin was born in Northern Ireland and lives in Hamilton, Ontario with his family and a fear of the family car.

For the upcoming academic year, Gary Barwin will be holding office hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 am - 2 pm in the Department. Appointments will be scheduled starting September 1st, 2014. To book an appointment on campus, please contact Vivian Foglton at vivian.foglton@uwo.ca. For information about the Writer-in-Residence program, please contact Professor Thy Phu, Vice-Chair of the Department, at tphu@uwo.ca.

While in London, Mr Barwin will also be holding office hours and events in conjunction with the London Public Library (Main Branch). For details, please see: http://tinyurl.com/pdjbplo

Gary Barwin's residency is co-sponsored by the James A. and Marjorie Spenceley Fund, the London Public Library, and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.


To read more about our Writer-in-Residence program in general, and for information on how to apply for this position, please click here.