The Kuldip Gill Writing Fellowship
Writer in Residence
Each year the English department welcomes an accomplished Canadian writer to inspire students, mentor aspiring writers, and provide practical advice on publishing, while receiving dedicated time to work on their own creative projects.
During the winter semester (between January and April), the Writer in Residence works with faculty and students, visiting creative writing classes, consulting one-on-one with students, and enriching the local literary community by participating in both UFV and community events.
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Activities of the Writer in Residence
2018 - Writer in Residence - Billeh Nickerson
Billeh Nickerson is the author of five books including the 2014 City of Vancouver Book Award nominated Artificial Cherry. He is also a former editor of PRISM international and Event—two of Canada’s most respected literary journals—and a previous writer-in-residence at both Queen’s University and at the Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon. He’s currently co-editing Valley: A Poetry Anthology with Surrey Poet Laureate Renee Sarojini Saklikar. He grew up in Langley, and now resides in East Vancouver.
"I am so very honoured to be UFV’s upcoming Writer-in-Residence on the traditional and unceded territory of the Stó:lō. As someone with a long history in the Valley—I graduated from Langley Secondary School and spent much of my youth travelling around the region’s curling clubs—I’m excited to once again spend time celebrating its diverse communities. When not spending my time completing a new collection of poetry, I’ll be engaging with the UFV community through a series of readings, publishing workshops and one-on-one consultations." - Billeh Nickerson
Past Writers in Residence
2015 - Emily Pohl-Weary http://emilypohlweary.com/
2014 - Daniela Elza strange places
2012 - Anosh Irani anoshirani.com
2011 - Elizabeth Bachinsky elizabethbachinsky.blogspot.ca
2009 - Jaspreet Singh jaspreetsinghauthor.blogspot.com
2008 - Richard Van Camp richardvancamp.com
2007 - Kuldip Gill