Past Writers & Artists-in-Residence



Nadja Spiegelman's memoir, "I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This," was published by Riverhead Books in August 2016 to great acclaim, with featured representation in Vogue, the New York TimesSlate, NPR, CBC and The Guardian, as well as many others. She is the Eisner-award nominated author of the ZIG AND WIKKI graphic series for young children and "Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure."



Craig Francis Power is an artist and writer from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. His first novel, Blood Relatives (Pedlar Press 2010) won the Percy Janes First Novel Award, the Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, the ReLit Award, and was short-listed for the BMO Winterset Award. His second novel, The. Hope. is forthcoming from Pedlar Press in the Fall of 2016, while a third novel, Skeet Love, will be published with Breakwater Books in Spring 2017.

His hooked rugs, installations and videos have shown widely across Canada and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions. In 2008, he was nominated for the Sobey Art Award, which recognizes the work of Canadian artists under forty.



Ryley O'Byrne is an artist/designer from the West Coast of Canada. She graduated from Emily Carr University, and studied additionally at UBC and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She is recognized for her accomplished and prolific work in patterns and prints, which have been featured or profiled in publications around the world including Vogue, W Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Flare, Suddeutsche Zeitung, Ginza and New York Magazine. She previously worked as a Cultural Consultant and Artistic Director, in Paris and Vancouver respectively, before launching the cult brand Strathcona Stockings in 2010. Ryley's full body of work spans multiple mediums, including writing, painting, costume and video. Her most recent project, a collection of fine silk wearables, explores Ryley's notion that fashion is at once utilitarian and somatic, and also functions as a form of expression, art, and fantasy. She currently works from her studio between Vancouver, Los Angeles and her home town of Roberts Creek, BC.



Rosa Rankin-Gee's first novel The Last Kings of Sark was published by Virago (UK) and St Martin's Press (US) last year. The Times called it "stunningly well-written", The Guardian said it was "lithe, shimmering and full of wit" and The New Yorker said it was "both freshly innocent and self-assured." In 2011, she won Shakespeare & Company's international Paris Literary Prize; in 2010, she was chosen by Esquire Magazine as one of 60 Brilliant Young Brits. She has been the recipient of fellowships at Hedgebrook and Vermont Studio Center, and performed at literary events in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Guernsey, Santorini and various festivals across the UK. She grew up in northwest London, but has lived in Paris for the last 4 years. She is currently to be found writing her second novel at the Bibliothèque historique de la ville, or eating a sandwich in the park next door.



Sarah Selecky is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States and grew up in Southern Indiana and Northern Ontario.  She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and her writing has appeared in the top Canadian magazines and quarterlies such as The Walrus, The New Quarterly and The Journey Prize Anthology, among many others.  This Cake Is For The Party is her first book, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, and long listed for the Frank O'connor International Short Story Award.  She is the creator of the beloved writing school, Story is a State of Mind, and the online creative writing program The Story Intensive, which includes collaborations with Margaret Atwood & Karen Joy Fowler.


Sarah Cale

Sarah Cale is a Canadian visual artist based in Brussels. Her work as a painter is known for its investigations in an intersection of painting and collage. She received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of At and Design and an MFA from the University of Guelph. In 2009 and 2010 she was shortlisted for the Royal Bank of Canada painting award, and has been awarded numerous grants and residencies. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions in Canadian public venues such as The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Kitchener Waterloo Gallery, Anna Leonowens, The Varley Art Gallery. Recent group exhibits have been held at Musee D'Art Contemporain, The Power Plant, Equinox Gallery, Oakville Galleries, Galerie UQAM, Clint Roenish Gallery. In 2017 a catalogue of her work will be published.



Erinn Beth Langille is an award-winning writer based in Nova Scotia, with degrees from Dalhousie (BA), NSCAD (BA, BFA) and the University of Essex (MA). She has won fellowships and residency opportunities with the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia, the Vermont Studio Centre, Crosshatch, Art Farm Nebraska, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2015 she was awarded a creation grant from ArtsNS. She co-founded and directs the creative programming at Lemon Tree House Residency in Tuscany, and has published criticism, reviews and essays on art and literature in national magazines and newspapers including Bad DayBillie, Quill & QuireMaclean’s and The National Post. She is a former staff food writer for blogTO. Her short story “The Crossing” won the 2014 Penguin Random House U of Toronto Student award for Fiction.  She's published poetry in The City Series: Number 5- Halifax and Canadian Literature; and ‘Take Away the Bells’, her ekphrasis poem commission by the artist William Robinson, was cast as a bronze plaque and displayed at the National Gallery of Canada from October 2016 until February 2017.



Pietro Grossi is the author of five books- both novels and short stories- including FistsThe Break, and Enchantment, all published in England by Pushkin Press. He was a finalist for The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and winner of several other prizes- Premio Chiara, Premio Campiello Europa and Premio Letterario Nazionale Pisa. His latest short story collection L'Uomo Nell' Armadio was published this past spring, and he also continues as a collaborator for Vanity Fair and for Scuola Holden, the most important storytelling school in Italy.



Jennifer is a writer, speaker and journalist. She leads writing workshops around the United States and writes about mindfulness, yoga, wellness, healthy living, books, arts and culture. She is a former network news producer for CNN, CNN International and National Public Radio.  Her writing has appeared in TheAtlantic.comSalonUSA TODAYThe Boston Globe, Global PostThe Women’s Review of BooksMs. Magazine, and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health where she is currently a Contributing Writer for the Thrive blog. Jennifer teaches writing classes and workshops in New York at NYU, the Brooklyn Brainery, in Boston at Grub Street and in San Francisco at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. She has also taught at Emerson College, Mills College, Media Bistro and Claremont McKenna College.



Ibi Kaslik is an internationally published novelist, freelance writer, editor and teacher. Her most recent novel, The Angel Riots, is a rock n’ roll comic-tragedy and was nominated for Ontario’s Trillium award in 2009. Her first novel, Skinny, was a New York Times Bestseller, was nominated for the Best Young Adult novel of the year by the Canadian Library Association (2004), as well as the Borders’ Original Voices Award for Young Adult Novel (2006). Skinny has also been published in numerous countries. A native of Toronto, Ibi teaches creative writing at The University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies and works as an arts educator. Ibi has helped write, mentor and publish award-winning books for Inhabit Media, an independent Arctic publisher, based in Iqaluit and Toronto. She has a Masters in English literature and Creative Writing from Concordia University and travels to the Arctic from time to time.