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Writer-in-Residence: Pasha Malla

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May 2022 - Thank you to Pasha Malla, the 2021-22 Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence. Pasha provided guidance and advice to many aspiring writers and authors during his year-long term, which ended in April 2022.

In partnership with McMaster University, Pasha hosted several workshops including Grant Writing with author Fiona King Foster, and, the role of Literary Agents in Publishing with Martha Magor Webb.

“I can only hope that participants found our conversations useful, focused and motivating, and that they returned to their writing feeling a bit better equipped — and maybe even a little more confident.”, said Pasha, reflecting on his experience.

Pasha writes novels, poetry, scripts and articles for several publications. He is author of several books: Kill the Mall, (2020), Fugue States (2018), Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion: The Poetry of Sportstalk (2015), People Park (2012), All Our Grandfathers are Ghosts (2008) and The Withdrawal Method (2008). You can borrow Pasha’s books through HPL’s catalogue and OverDrive.

His debut book, The Withdrawal Method, a collection of short stories, won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and Trillium Book Prize. One of the short stories in this collection, Filmsong, won the Arthur Ellis Award. Pasha has also won several National Magazine awards.

The Mabel Pugh Writer-in-Residence program is a partnership with McMaster University’s Department of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University Library and Hamilton Public Library.


The 2022-23 Writer in Residence is announced in Fall 2022


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