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Current Writer-in-Residence

The Department of English and Writing Studies is proud to announce the 2015-16 Writer-in-Residence is Tanis Rideout

Tanis RideoutTanis Rideout is a poet and novelist whose work has been shortlisted for several prizes, including the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award for Emerging Writers and the CBC Literary Awards. In 2006 she was name Poet Laureate for Lake Ontario and joined Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip on a tour to promote environmental justice on the lake. Born in Belgium, Tanis grew up in Bermuda and in Kingston, Ontario. She now lives in Toronto. Her first novel, "Above All Things" was a bestseller in Canada, a Globe and Mail Best Book and a New York Times Editor's Choice.

An imaginative and versatile writer, Tanis will be available to offer feedback to, and consultation with, both experienced and novice creative writers from the University and London community.  Her office hours at Western (from September to April) will be held on Tuesdays from 11:15 am to 2:15 pm, and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Arts & Humanities Building, Room 2G28M.  To schedule an appointment please contact Vivian Foglton at vivian.foglton@uwo.ca, or call 519-661-3403.

The Department is pleased to announce that our partnership with the London Public Library will resume again this year, and Tanis will also hold office hours/events at the Central Library on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, and on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.  To schedule an appointment at the library, or for more information, please contact Rebecca Faber at Rebecca.faber@lpl.london.on.ca, or call 519-661-4600.

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

The WiR program is co-sponsored by the James A. and Marjorie M. Spenceley Fund, the Department of English and Writing Studies, the London Public Library, the Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil  a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.