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.

All About 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 Dead, The Fiddlehead, PRISM International, The 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.

Two Writers in Residence

EPL is pleased to be working with the Metro Edmonton Federation of Libraries on a regional program offering two Writers in Residence working in Edmonton and the surrounding area.

EPL and the Fort Saskatchewan Public Libraryopens a new window, St. Albert Public Libraryopens a new window and Strathcona County Libraryopens a new window welcome Matthew Stepanic and Mary Pinkoski as the 2019 Metro Federation Writers in Residenceopens a new window.

Contact EPL's Writer in Residence

Stepanic is working out of the Highlands Branchopens a new window. 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 matthew.stepanic@epl.caopens a new window.