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The Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Program

The Department of English is pleased to announce the Carol Shields Writer in Residence for Winter 2022: Jordan Scott

Jordan Scott

Reading and Q and A with Dr. Sandy Pool Wednesday, February 16 7:00pm (CST)

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Carol Shields Memorial Lecture Wednesday, March 2 7:00pm (CST)

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Both events are free and open to the public. Please be sure to register in advance.

Jordan Scott is an internationally acclaimed poet and children’s author. His debut children’s book, I Talk Like a River (illustrated by Sydney Smith) by Holiday House / Neal Porter Books, was a New York Times best Children’s Book of 2020. I Talk Like a River is translated into nineteen languages and was the recipient of the recipient of the American Library Association’s, Schneider Family Book Award, which honors authors for the artistic expression of the disability experience. The book has also won an International Literacy Association Children’s Book Award, that recognizes newly published authors who exhibit exceptional promise in the children’s and young adults’ book fields. I Talk Like a River was also nominated for the 2021 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize (BC and Yukon Book Prizes) and the Governor General’s Literary Prize for Young People’s Literature. Scott’s second and third books of children’s literature are slated for publication in 2022 and 2024 through Holiday House / Neal Porter Books.

Scott is also the author of four books of poetry: Silt (Newstar Books) Blert, DECOMP, and Night & Ox (all from Coach House Books). Blert, which explores the poetics of stuttering, is the subject of two National Film Board of Canada projects. Scott’s other books include Clearance Process (SMALL CAPS), and Lanterns at Guantánamo (Simon Fraser University). Both books treat his experience after being allowed access to Guantanamo Bay in April 2015. Scott was the 2015/16 Ellen and Warren Tallman Writer-in-Residence at Simon Fraser University and has read from his work throughout North America and Europe. In 2018 Scott was the recipient of Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize, given to a mid-career poet in recognition of a remarkable body of work, and in anticipation of future contributions to Canadian poetry. For Greystone Books, Scott is currently working on I Stutter; I Lie: a memoir of dysfluency, power, and truth.

Those in the U Winnipeg community can make an appointment to speak with Jordan to talk about your work. He can be reached a j.scott@uwinnipeg.ca

Jordan will be in residence from February 7 to March 11, 2022.


About The Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Program 

(photo courtesy of the family)

The Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Program at the University of Winnipeg was made possible by a generous donation from the Shields family. The program’s name honours the memory of Carol Shields, Pulitzer-prize winning novelist and Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg from 1996 to 2000. At Convocations, our students and their families were privileged to hear her wise and beautifully-crafted addresses to the graduands. Carol was also a generous mentor to emerging writers, so this program is a fitting tribute to her. As former UW President Dr. Lloyd Axworthy has said, "Carol was enormously committed to cultivating young writers. Through the thoughtfulness and generosity that the Shields family has shown to the University, opportunities have been created for many more people and emerging writers to discover their creative voices."

Past writers in this program include Margaret Sweatman, Sandra Birdsell, John Weier, Maria Campbell, David Bergen, Ivan Coyote, Debbie Paterson, Gregory Scofield, Chandra Mayor, Jennifer Still, Rick Chafe, Katherena Vermette, Méira Cook, Garry Thomas Morse, GMB Chomichuk, and Souvankham Thammavongsa.

A Chat with 2013-14 Writer-in-Residence Chandra Mayor and 2012-13 Writer-in-Residence Gregory Scofield

Friends of Carol Shields Celebrate Writer in Residence Program

On November 22, 2012, the English Department, in collaboration with the University of Winnipeg Foundation, held a Reception for the Friends of Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Program. Carol was so well-loved and had touched so many, the evening was a great success with over fifty guests making their way to Convocation Hall on the first snowy Winnipeg night of the season. Thank you to all who attended for sharing stories about Carol as well as plans for the future of the Residency.

If you would like to become a Friend of the Program by making a donation please click here.