SPL is pleased to announce our 34th Writer in Residence, John J. Donlan. The residency runs from Sep 2014 to May 2015.
The Writer in Residence acts as a mentor to writers in the community, reviewing manuscripts and providing criticism and advice about publishing.
The Writer offers individual consultations, group workshops and programs, author readings and participates in other special events during their residency.
Tuesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday 12:30 - 9 p.m.
Holiday closures: All library locations are closed on Monday, May 18 for Victoria Day.
We are closed Sundays starting Sunday, May 17 until Sunday, Sep 13.
If you would like John to look at your work, please email him 10 pages of prose or poetry.
Get inspired! See this sample of John Donlan's writing process.
For more information
A native of Baysville, in Ontario's Muskoka region, Donlan's poems and reviews have appeared in anthologies and leading journals in Canada, the United States and Iran. He is poetry editor with Brick Books, a retired public librarian and has led writing workshops in schools, libraries, universities and art galleries across North America.
His collections of poetry are: Domestic Economy (Brick Books, 1990, reprinted 1997), Baysville (House of Anansi, 1993), Green Man (Ronsdale Press, 199), Spirit Engine (Brick Books, 2008) and Call Me the Breeze (Alfred Gustav Press, 2013).
Saskatoon Public Library is grateful to Canada Council for the Arts for supporting our grant application and co-funding this residency.
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