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Arc is Proud to Introduce our 2018 – 2019 Poet-in-Residence: Adèle Barclay!

Arc Poetry Magazine is overjoyed to be working with writer and critic Adèle Barclay. Our 2018 – 2019 Poet-in-Residence Adèle’s has had writing appear in The Fiddlehead, The Puritan, PRISM, Heavy Feather Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 Lit POP Award for Poetry and the 2016 Walrus Readers’ Choice Award for Poetry and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her debut poetry collection, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You (Nightwood, 2016), won the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award. She was Canadian Women in Literary Arts’ Critic is Residence and is currently an editor at Rahila’s Ghost Press. Adèle is Arc‘s tenth Poet-in-Residence, following Robyn Sarah, Di Brandt, and David O’Meara.

Arc’s Poet-in-Residence program offers the country-wide community of writers a chance to work with an influential Canadian poet. Participants in the program will have an opportunity to work one-on-one with Poet-in-Residence Adèle Barclay to hone and shape their poems over a one-month period. Between 30 and 60 poets participate each year. Ideal candidates to participate in the program are poets who have not yet published a poetry collection or chapbook, although the program is open to all interested poets. Many poets, including Vincent Colistro, Christine McNair, Ben Ladouceur, Stevie Howell, Phoebe Wang, have successfully used the program to help further their literary careers.

Adèle Barclay’s tenure as Poet-in-Residence will run from October 2018 to June 2019. Adèle, along with selected mentees, will be a featured guest at VERSeFest, Ottawa’s international poetry festival, in 2019.

All those who submit their poems to Arc will be also be considered for participation in the program. Other poets are, however, welcome to participate. Interested parties, please send queries to: