Announcing the Fall 2017 Arnold & Nancy Cliff Visiting Writers

We’re delighted to welcome a group of innovative and exciting writers to visit UBC Creative Writing this fall. Courtesy of the Arnold & Nancy Cliff Endowment, CRWR regularly brings working writers to visit classes and consult with students in our Minor, BFA and MFA programs.

Sarah Glidden: October 3-11

Sarah Glidden was born in 1980 in Massachusetts and studied painting at Boston University. Her first book, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, earned her the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent and was translated into five languages. Glidden’s work has appeared in various newspapers and magazines, as well as in the Best American Comics anthology. Her second book, Rolling Blackouts, was published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2016, receiving widespread acclaim, the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize, and spending a month on the New York Times Bestseller list. Glidden lives in Seattle, Washington.

Jim Johnstone & Shane Neilson: October 25-27

Jim Johnstone is a Toronto-based poet, editor, and critic. He’s the author of five books of poetry, including The Chemical Life (Véhicule Press, 2017) and Dog Ear (Véhicule Press, 2014). He’s also the recipient of a CBC Literary Award, The Fiddlehead‘s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and Poetry‘s Editors Prize for Book Reviewing. Currently, Johnstone curates the Anstruther Books imprint at Palimpsest Press, and is an associate editor at Representative Poetry Online.


Shane Neilson is a poet, physician, and critic who works as a Vanier Scholar in the English and Cultural Studies Department of McMaster University where he researches the representations of pain in Canadian literature. He published the final installment in his poetic trilogy on affect, Dysphoria, in the Spring of 2017 with the Porcupine’s Quill. He won the Robin Blaser Award for a long work in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Trillium Poetry Prize in 2011.


Tara Armstrong: Nov 9-10

Tara Armstrong is a graduate from UBC’s Creative Writing Program (BFA) and the Canadian Film Centre Prime Time TV Program. Since graduating, Tara has written for Global’s television series Private Eyes which premiered on Global in summer of 2016, and Travelers for Netflix. In addition to creating, writing and executive producing Mary Kills People (Corus/Global and Lifetime channels), her original pilot High Touch recently sold to ABC Signature Studios.