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The latest updates on our writer in residence
Mary Pinkoski and Matthew Stepanic have been named the 2019 Metro Federation Writers in Residence.
The Metro Federation Writer in Residence program is wrapping up its sixth year, and 2018 writers Darrin Hagen and Michael Hingston will pass the torch come the New Year.
As the regional Writer in Residence, Mary Pinkoski will split her time between Fort Saskatchewan (in May and June), St. Albert and Strathcona County, with multiple-month stints in each community. Pinkoski, 5th Poet Laureate of the City of Edmonton (2013-2015), is an internationally-recognized poet. She has performed on stages across North America and at the 2015 Winter Lights Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. Her work has appeared in multiple anthologies, and she is the 2011 Canadian National Spoken Word Champion and a winner of the 2008 CBC National Poetry Face-off.
In 2015, she was recognized as an Edmonton Top 40 Under 40 and also awarded a University of Alberta Alumni Horizon Award for her poetry work in the Edmonton community, in particular for facilitating poetry workshops and her creation of the City of Edmonton’s Youth Poet Laureate role. When not working on her doctorate at the U of A’s Faculty of Education, Pinkoski continues to perform across the country, and to provide dynamic and engaging workshops for writers of all ages and experiences across the province.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of being a writer, for me, is the ability to write within community: to share with each other, to learn from each other, to inspire each other to go to new and engaging places with our writing, and to be responsible to each other,” says Pinkoski. “I am looking forward to being very present within the libraries and within the communities – both geographic and demographic – that I will get to collaborate with.”
While in residence, each writer will devote roughly half their time to mentoring other writers and the other half to working on personal projects.
Local writers can take advantage of workshops with both Writers in Residence, and will also have the opportunity to work with them one-on-one. Those who want to book some time with either Writer in Residence can visit metrowir.com in January 2019 to contact them.
Michael Hingston comes to us through the Metro Edmonton Federation of Libraries, a partnership between Fort Saskatchewan, Strathcona County, St. Albert and Edmonton public libraries which works to share resources and collaborate on programs and good practices. The Federation has appointed two Writers in Residence for 2018: Michael Hingston (regional) and Darrin Hagen (EPL).
Find out more about this program at metrowir.com, including current WIR news, archives from previous Writers in Residence, and writing resources. Fort Saskatchewan writers are welcome to access his programs and services at any library.
Mike’s hours at FSPL are Mondays 10am-2:30pm and Wednesdays 2pm-8pm. Hours are subject to change. To find out what programs the WIR offers, please see our events calendar.
Please email to request an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks to our wonderful past Writers in Residence:
Richard Van Camp & David van Belle (2017)
Marty Chan & Wayne Arthurson (2016)
Gail Sidonie Sobat & Elizabeth Withey (2015)
Margaret Macpherson & Jason Lee Norman (2014)
Natasha Deen & Omar Mouallem (2013)
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