Arc Poetry Magazine is excited to announce our new Poet-in-Residence program designed to support specific communities inside of CanLit.
In 2020, this Specialized Poet-in-Residence will be Randy Lundy, an award-winning poet whose collections include Blackbird Song (2018) and Field Notes for the Self (2020), published by the University of Regina Press.
Randy Lundy has also published fiction and non-fiction. His work is featured in some of the most significant anthologies of Indigenous writings in Canada, as well as internationally. Randy is Cree, Irish, and Norwegian and is a member of the Barren Lands First Nation in Manitoba.
Randy has extensive experience as a university educator at First Nations University and at Campion College in Regina. He is currently serving as an assistant professor of Creative Writing, Indigenous Literatures, and Oral Traditions in the Department of English at the University of Toronto-Scarborough. Born in northern Manitoba, he has lived most of his life in Saskatchewan. He holds a MA in English from the University of Saskatchewan and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Fiction Writing from the Humber School for Writers.
Arc’s Poet-in-Residence (PIR) program was founded in 2009, and is designed to offer our country-wide community of writers a chance to work with influential Canadian poets. The success of this program has inspired us to create an additional Specialized PIR position to further serve communities of writers who have been historically targeted, marginalized and overlooked. This Specialized PIR will be a pilot project in 2020 and depending on the success, will continue with a focus on a different community (i.e. BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, Northern Canadian residents, etc.) each year.
Poets from these communities will still always be welcome to participate in the original Poet-in-Residence program and the Specialized Poet-in-Residence program (both as mentees and as the PIR). The Specialized PIR will further the reach of this mentorship program, specifically for members of these underserved communities.
As the inaugural poet in this new position, Randy Lundy will be providing tailored mentoring to emerging Indigenous poets. Three emerging Indigenous poets will work with Randy for the duration of the residency, and an additional one or two participants may be selected each month of the residency to work on up to 3 poems.
Randy Lundy’s tenure as Poet-in-Residence will run from August 1 to October 31, 2020.