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Announcing Arc’s 2021/2022 Poet-in-Residence: Annick MacAskill!

Annick MacAskill

Annick MacAskill is the author of two full-length poetry collections, No Meeting Without Body (Gaspereau Press, 2018), a finalist for the JM Abraham Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Murmurations (Gaspereau Press, 2020). Her third book will be published by Gaspereau in the spring of 2022. Her poems have appeared in journals across Canada and abroad, and in the Best Canadian Poetry anthology series. She lives in Kjipuktuk (Halifax), on the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq.

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 Annick MacAskill 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 stephanie roberts, Christine McNair, Ben Ladouceur, and Phoebe Wang, have successfully used the program to help further their literary careers.

Annick MacAskill’s tenure as Poet-in-Residence will run from November 2021 to July 2022. Annick, along with selected mentees, will be a featured guest at VERSeFest, Ottawa’s international poetry festival, in 2022.


All those who submit their poems to Arc will be considered for participation in the program. However, all poets are welcome to participate, and parties interested in being a part of the program should send email queries to: