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The latest updates on our writer in residence
The Metro Edmonton Federation of Libraries is delighted to announce that Norma Dunning and Rayanne Haines have been selected to serve as the 2022 Writers in Residence at the Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Strathcona County and St. Albert public libraries. Dunning and Haines will offer a wide range of supports and programs to writers of all ages and experience levels, through their time with the libraries.
Find out more about the Writer in Residence program through the WiR Facebook Page, including current WIR news, events and more. You can also contact Sam Dicaire at 780-912-2159 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have.
As the regional Writer in Residence, Rayanne Haines will split her time between Strathcona County, Fort Saskatchewan and St. Albert, with multiple-month stints in each community. The first stop in her residency will be Strathcona County Library, starting in early January.
Haines is an award-winning and bestselling hybrid author of three poetry collections – The Stories in My Skin (2013), Stained with the Colours of Sunday Morning (2017), Tell The Birds Your Body Is Not A Gun (2021) and four Urban Fantasy/Romance novels. Her creative non-fiction essay, This is Normal was a 2020 finalist for the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Alberta Literary Award. She is an Edmonton Artist Trust Fund Award recipient and teaches in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications at MacEwan University.
“I unequivocally believe in the transformational power that libraries and the programs they offer provide for people,” says Haines. “I’m grateful and excited to take on this role and to have the chance to offer writing support (in ways that best work for the individual) to writers in the Greater Edmonton area.”
Norma Dunning will spend her year as EPL’s Writer in Residence, sharing her time between various EPL branches across the city. “We often think of libraries as a space for reading,” she says. “My hope and goal is to turn the library into a space for writing, for all ages.”
Dunning is the 2021 recipient of the Governor General’s award for English-language fiction, one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious prizes for literature, for her short story collection Tainna (the unseen ones). This is Dunning’s second collection of short stories. Her first short story collection, Annie Muktuk and Other Stories (2017), received the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the Bronze Foreword INDIES award. Her short story “Elipsee” also won the Howard O’Hagan award in 2018. As well, Dunning is a professor at the University of Alberta and the grandmother to five children.
Please note that although FSPL is not hosting Regional Writer in Residence Nisha Patel Fort Saskatchewan residents may visit her at St. Albert Public Library for the remainder of the year. Residents may also attend programming with Edmonton Public Library’s Writer in Residence Vern Thiesson.
The Writer in Residence (WiR) program is a joint shared project with four Metro Edmonton libraries, and provides an opportunity to connect with a published local author. The Writer in Residence:
Every year there are two Writers in Residence. Edmonton Public Library (EPL) has a dedicated WiR, while the Metro libraries share a Regional WiR, who divides their time equally among these three libraries. Residents are welcome and encouraged to meet with the Regional WiR and attend programs at any of these libraries:
Find out more about the Writer in Residence program through the WiR Facebook Page, including current WIR news, events and more. Fort Saskatchewan writers are more than welcome to access programs and services at any library.
Many thanks to our wonderful past Writers in Residence:
Mary Pinkoski & Matthew Stepanic (2019)
Michael Hingston & Darrin Hagen (2018)
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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