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Writer in Residence

The Edmonton Public Library's Writer in Residence (WIR) program provides services to aspiring and established writers in Edmonton. Services include individual manuscript consultations, public readings and talks, information on the publishing process and networking with the writing community. The WIR hosts monthly events at various EPL branches. These sessions bring together writers of all abilities to network, talk about their writing, listen to guest speakers, and provide support and encouragement to each other. 

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About the Writer in Residence

EPL Writer in Residence for 2019, Matthew Stepanic.

Matthew Stepanic

Matthew Stepanic is the editor of Glass Buffalo, the poetry editor of Eighteen Bridges and a freelance writer. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Is DeadThe FiddleheadPRISM InternationalThe New Quarterly and others. He is also the co-author of the collaborative novel Project Compass (Monto Books 2017), and the author of Relying on that Body (Glass Buffalo Publishing 2018), a poetry chapbook about RuPaul’s Drag Race.

In 2015, FIPP named him one of the Top 3 Rising Stars in Media, and his poetry and writing have previously been nominated for Alberta Magazine Awards. Alongside Jason Purcell, Stepanic also manages Glass Bookshop, Edmonton’s newest bookstore that promises a curated reading life.

Contact the WIR

Matthew Stepanic is working out of the Highlands Branch. His office hours are Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drop by or make an appointment by reaching him at 

Writing Events

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Write Nights

Join us weekly for some writing inspiration! Learn more about library programs, the Writers' Guild of Alberta and meet other writers.

Writing Resources

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