2023-24 Writer in Residence

Thank you to Jaclyn Desforges, the 2023-24 Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer in Residence. (A Writer in Residence is an established author who mentors aspiring scribes.)

During the residency, which ran September 2023-April 2024, Jaclyn met with more than 155 people. Below are some stories and poems created and polished during this mentorship. Read on. 

Writer in Residence 2024 Mentee Stories

An Early Anniversary Gift, J. Awad

Call it What You Will, Nyasha Warner

Crabtree and Maple's Morning, Bruce Simpson

Daylight, Yoda Olinyk

Foreigners, Nawad Eftekhari 

I Am Here, Khadija Agbermafle Sulley

Is Your Stuttering a Disability, Justin Ancheta 

Kindling, Barb Arenburg 

Mother Tongue, Kathleen Kelly 

Poems, Valerie Bean 

Purgatory, J. Awad

Seven Minute Molly, J.I.Oniell

Suitable Cruelties, Marcellus Durell 

Summer School Short-Lived, Hannah Murphy 

The Games Played Only Lead to Ruin, Ian Marcus 

Under Ashes, Christine Miscione 

A new Writer in Residence will be announced in September 2024. Stay tuned ...


About Jaclyn Desforges 

Jaclyn Desforges is the author of Danger Flower and Why Are You So Quiet? She is the winner of the 2022 Hamilton Literary Award for Poetry, 2022 City of Hamilton Creator Award, 2020 Hamilton Emerging Artist Award for Writing, two 2019 Short Works Prizes and the 2018 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia’s School of Creative Writing and lives in Hamilton with her partner and daughter.