University of Calgary

Distinguished Visiting Writer


Invitations for the Distinguished Visiting Writer are extended by the Steering Committee. The amount of the award varies depending upon the length of stay, which may be from one week to several months. The Distinguished Visiting Writer contributes to the Program in a variety of ways, including manuscript consultations, readings or talks, or participation in symposia or workshops.

Since its inception in 1993, the program has brought to Calgary two Nobel Laureates, Derek Walcott and Wole Soyinka, and such literary luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Oliver Sacks, Timothy Findley, Margaret MacMillan, Thomas King, Ursula K. Le Guin, Alberto Manguel and Michael Ondaatje, among others.

'Literary Lion' Billy Collins, America's most popular poet and author of Horoscopes for the Dead, The Trouble with Poetry, and Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes, is the 2012 Distinguished Visiting Writer.

Join Billy Collins for a free lecture and reading:
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
7:30 pm
MacEwan Hall, University of Calgary

The lecture is free, venue seating is limited. Seating will be first come, first served.

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