The Jake MacDonald Writer-in-Residence Program

The Department of English is please to announce the Jake MacDonald Writer in Residence for Fall, 2021: Erín Moure 

Photo of Erín Moure (photo supplied by Erín Moure)

This residency will take place completely online from September 15 to December 15, 2021.

Erín Moure is a highly acclaimed Canadian poet, essayist, and translator. Please see her more detialed bio below.

This residency will feature two exciting online events that will be free and open to the public for audience members who pre-register. Erín’s inaugural reading will take place in September or early October, and she will take part in the Jake MacDonald International Writers’ Conversation later in her term. Watch this space for the exact dates and the links to pre-register for these two events.

The residency will also allow members of the University of Winnipeg community to consult Erín about their own writing. This feature of the residency is limited to people who are attending or working at the University of Winnipeg or to people living within the city of Winnipeg. Interested Winnipeg writers, whether beginners or professionals, may begin booking appointments after September 15th.

How To Contact Erín Moure for WIR appointments:

Those in the U Winnipeg community can make an appointment with Erín to talk on Zoom about your work. Erín's email is

Erín is a poet and a translator of poetry, who's also written unconventional essays (My Beloved Wager) and memoir, but she'll talk with you about any kind of creative writing or translation in any of your languages.

Her office hours are Wednesday and Thursday afternoons (1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm: 30-45 minute appointments) until December 16, 2021.

Just send, one week before you want to meet, max 5 pages in Word (preferred) for her to read for your initial discussion: pick something you want feedback on or have concerns about!

Erín has provided a helpful guide for those who wish to submit work to discuss that can be accessed here

Bio: Erín Moure has published over forty books of poetry, essays, memoir, and translations and co-translations from French, Spanish, Galician, and Portuguese into English. Recent works are Planetary Noise: Selected Poetry of Erín Moure (Wesleyan, 2017), Sitting Shiva on Minto Avenue, by Toots (New Star, 2017), a translation into Frenglish of the Portuñol of Wilson Bueno’s Paraguayan Sea (Nightboat, 2017, finalist for a Best Translated Book award), and a reissue of Furious (Governor General’s Award for poetry 1988, Anansi 2018). 2019 saw a translation of Galician poet Lupe Gómez, Camouflage (Circumference Books, finalist for a Best Translated Book award); a co-traduction with Roman Ivashkiv of Yuri Izdryk, Smokes (Lost Horse Press) from Ukrainian; In Leaf, a new annotated edition of her 2016 translation of New Leaves by Rosalía de Castro; and her own The Elements (Anansi). 2020 saw three translations: from the Galician of Uxío Novoneyra, The Uplands: Book of the Courel and other poems (Veliz Books), a sequence from Spanish by Juan Gelman, Sleepless Nights Under Capitalism (Eulalia Books); and Quebec poet Chantal Neveu’s This Radiant Life (Book*hug). In 2021: Toots fait la Shiva, avenue Minto (Le Noroît, 2021, tr. Colette St-Hilaire from Sitting Shiva on Minto Avenue, by Toots, New Star 2017). Moure holds two honorary doctorates from universities in Canada and Spain, was 2017 WPR Creative Fellow at the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University, 2019 international translator in residence at The Queen’s College, Oxford University, a Kelly Writers House Fellow in March 2020 at UPenn, and gave the Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lecture in Innovative Poetics at Naropa University in 2021. For more information, see


Jake MacDonald (photo courtesy of the family)

The Jake MacDonald Writer-in-Residence Program honours the memory of the beloved Manitoba writer Jake MacDonald, who passed away suddenly and too soon on January 30, 2020. Through the creative thinking and great generosity of Jake’s family, friends, and peers, this program makes possible the kind of work Jake believed in: mentoring emerging writers, bringing readings and other literary events to the public, and providing support for working writers to concentrate on their projects in process. Erín Moure will be the first writer to hold the Jake MacDonald residency, in 2021.

Jake MacDonald wrote short stories, tall tales, novels, essays, newspaper and magazine articles, and books of non-fiction, and he was beginning to make his mark as a playwright as well. His best-known work is his memoir Houseboat Chronicles: Notes from a Life in Shield Country, which recounts adventures from his life, especially his years spent living on a houseboat on the Winnipeg River near Minaki. That book won the prestigious national Rogers Non-Fiction Award and the Manitoba Book of the Year Award, and became a best-seller. Another popular Jake MacDonald book, Juliana and the Medicine Fish, is very different in genre, being a novel for young people, but it shares the same respect for nature and love of Canadian Shield country. Juliana and the Medicine Fish is a master work of story-telling, and was made into a very fine film. Jake’s debut play, The Cottage, premiered on the main stage of the Manitoba Theatre Centre in the spring of 2019 and shortly thereafter Jake was honoured with the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Making a Mark award. The new residency at the University of Winnipeg is made possible by the Jake MacDonald Writers Fund, which began with a generous founding gift from Jake’s friend Angus Reid. For more information, see