External Advisors + Associated Faculty
Kevin Connolly is a poet, journalist, and editor. He is the author of four collections of poetry: Asphalt Cigar (1995), Happyland (2002), Drift (2005), which was the winner of the Trillium Book Award and Revolver (2008), which was shortlisted for the 2009 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize. Connolly lives in Toronto with his partner, writer Gil Adamson.
Margaret Christakos teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto. She also works as a poetry advisor/mentor with WIER (Writers in Electronic Residence), with the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA and with Diaspora Dialogues. From 1992 to 1997 she taught Creative Writing at the Ontario College of Arts and she served as Writer in Residence at the University of Windsor in 2004-05. Christakos has published over a dozen poetry collections.
Camilla Gibb is a writer, creative writing instructor and psychotherapist in private practice. She is the author of four novels: Mouthing the Words, The Petty Details of So-and-so's Life, Sweetness in the Belly and The Beauty of Humanity Movement, as well as the memoir This is Happy, and has been the recipient of numerous awards. Gibb has a Ph.D. from Oxford University and has been writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta.
Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer is the author of the novels Perfecting and The Nettle Spinner and the short fiction collection Way Up. Her latest novel All The Broken Things was published by Random House in 2014. Kathryn's fiction has appeared in Granta Magazine, The Walrus, Storyville and Significant Objects as well as other journals and anthologies. She has taught creative writing both online and in class at the University of Toronto and The New York Times Knowledge Network.
Shane Mootoo is the author of the novels Cereus Blooms at Night, which was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; He Drown She in the Sea, which was longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award; and Valmiki’s Daughter, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her most recent novel is Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab. Mootoo was born in Ireland and grew up in Trinidad. She immigrated to Vancouver more than thirty years ago, and now lives near Toronto.
Michael Redhill’s most recent novel, Consolation, was long-listed for the Man Booker prize and won the Toronto Book Award. His first novel, Martin Sloane, was a finalist for the Giller Prize and winner of the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Novel (Canada/Carribbean). He is also the author of Fidelity, a collection of short stories and four poetry collections. As a playwright, his most recent works are Goodness and Building Jerusalem, winner of the 2000 Dora Award for Outstanding New Play and finalist for the 2001 Governor General’s Award.
Susan Swan is a novelist, journalist and educator. Swan’s fiction has been published in more than 20 countries and her debut novel, The Wives of Bath, was adapted into the film Lost and Delirious. Her novel What Casanova Told Me was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and a Globe and Mail Best Book and her essays have appeared in multiple publications. She is also an advocate for Canadian writers and was previously chair for The Writers’ Union of Canada. The Western Light is her latest novel.
Additional Guelph faculty members who participate in the MFA program include:
Gregor Campbell, Elaine Chang, Michelle Elleray, Alan Filewod, Mark Fortier, Sky Gilbert, Stephen Henighan, Karen Houle, Ric Knowles, Daniel O’Quinn, Pablo Ramirez, Jennifer Schacker, and Sandra Sabatini.
Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer [photo: Ken Woroner]