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.
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.