Past Writers-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House

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Writers-in-Residence 2021: José Teodoro, Isabella Mori, Maria Saba, Alexis Leona, Makram Ayache

Writers-in-Residence 2020: C.E. Gatchalian, Derrick Chang , Sally Ito, Jude Neale, Kate Metten, Anita Miettunen, Liz Marshall, Michelle Jacques

Writers-in-Residence 2019: Kevin Spenst, Chris Urquhart, Victoria Kuttainen, Nadia Hohn, Doretta Lau, Michael Mirolla

Writers-in-Residence 2018: Janet Marie Rogers, Monia Mazigh, Joseph Maviglia, Nejime Shōichi, William Tham Wai Liang

Writers-in-Residence 2017: Mary-Lou Zeitoun, Jacqueline Pearce, Carole Glasser Langille, Carmen Rodriguez, Dianne Jacob, Susan Aihoshi, June Hutton, Mizuki Misumi

Writers-in-Residence 2016: Tom Cho, Jackie Wykes, Alexandra Bischoff, Jane Eaton Hamilton, Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, Takiya Kuwahara, Christine Lowther

Writers-in-Residence 2021

José Teodoro is a playwright, writer, and editor. In residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in January 2021.

José Teodoro

José Teodoro is a playwright, writer, and editor. In residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in January and February 2021.

José Teodoro is a playwright, writer, and editor. In residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in January 2021.

Isabella Mori

Isabella Mori is a writer, poet, and mental health blogger. In residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in March and April 2021.

Maria Saba, writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House

Maria Saba

Maria Saba is a writer, storyteller, and arts educator. In residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in May and June 2021.

Alexis Leona, writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House

Alexis Leona

Alexis Leona is a writer and photographer with a passion for animals. In residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in July 2021.

Alexis Leona, writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House

Makram Ayache

Makram Ayache is a community-engaged writer, actor, and director. In residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in August 2021.

Writers-in-Residence 2020

Portrait of C.E. Gatchalian

C.E. Gatchalian

Author, theatre artist and producer. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House February 2020.

Portrait of Derrick Chang

Derrick Chang

A curator, writer, and facilitator. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House March 2020.

Portrait of Sally Ito

Sally Ito

Sally Ito is a poet and novelist. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House April – May 2020.

Portrait of Jude Neale

Jude Neale

Poet, vocalist, and mentor. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House June 1 to June 15, 2020.

Portrait of Kate Metten

Kate Metten

An interdisciplinary artist working with ceramic sculpture and oil painting. In residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in Summer 2020.

Anita Miettunen, Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House September 2020

Anita Miettunen

A writer and illustrator who loves exploring the natural world. In residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in September 2020.
Liz Marshall. In residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in October 2020.

Liz Marshall

An award-winning Canadian filmmaker. In residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in October and November 2020.
Michelle Jacques is writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in December 2020.

Michelle Jacques

A curator, art writer, and educator. In residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in December 2020.

Writers-in-Residence 2019

Portrait of Kevin Spenst

Kevin Spenst

Writer and Editor. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House January – February 2019.

Portrait of Chris Urquhart

Chris Urquhart

Chris makes stories that are true. Author. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House March – April 2019.

Portrait of Victoria Kuttainen

Victoria Kuttainen

Professor at James Cook University and Author. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House June 2019.

Portrait of Nadia Hohn

Nadia Hohn

Educator and children’s book author. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House July – August 2019.

Portrait of Doretta Lau

Doretta Lau

Journalist and Writer. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House September – October 2019.

Portrait of Michael Mirolla

Michael Mirolla

Author, poet, and playwright. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House November 2019 – January 2020.

Writers-in-Residence 2018

Portrait of Janet Marie Rogers

Janet Marie Rogers

Writer, poet, and producer of indigenous radio programs. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House April – May 2018.

Monia Mazigh

Academic, novelist, essayist, and a human rights advocate. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House June – August 2018.

Portrait of Joseph Maviglia

Joseph Maviglia

Singer-songwriter, Poet, Writer, Educator. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House October – November 2018.

Portrait of Nejime Shōichi

Nejime Shōichi

Japanese Poet hosted at Historic Joy Kogawa House with Tasai Artists’ Collective November 2018.

Portrait of William Tham Wai Liang

William Tham Wai Liang

Writer and Editor. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House September – December 2018.

Writers-in-Residence 2017

Writer-in-Residence at Mary-Lou Zeitoun, Writer-in_Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House January 2017

Mary-Lou Zeitoun

An arts and activism journalist, publisher and writer. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House January 2017.

Jacqueline Pearce, Writer-in_Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House August - September 2017

Jacqueline Pearce

Poet and writer. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House February, August and September 2017.

Carole Glasser Langille, Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in February and March 2017

Carole Glasser Langille

Poet, author, and educator. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House March 2017.

Carmen Rodriguez, Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House April – June 2017.

Carmen Rodriguez

Writer, educator, and journalist. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House April – June 2017.

Dianne Jacob, Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House October 2017

Dianne Jacob

Writer, educator, and journalist. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House April – June 2017.

Susan Aihoshi, Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in September 2017.

Susan Aihoshi

A third-generation Japanese Canadian writer and editor. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House September 2017.

June Hutton, Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House October 2017

June Hutton

A novelist and author. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House early October 2017.

Writer-in-Residence at Mary-Lou Zeitoun, Writer-in_Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House January 2017

Mizuki Misumi

Poet and performer. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House late October 2017.

Writers-in-Residence 2016

Writer-in-Residence at Mary-Lou Zeitoun, Writer-in_Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House January 2017

Tom Cho

Writer and performance artist. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House from August 2015 to March 2016.

Jacqueline Pearce, Writer-in_Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House August - September 2017

Jackie Wykes

Writer, editor, and accessibility advocate. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House from August 2015 to March 2016.

Carole Glasser Langille, Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in February and March 2017

Alexandra Bischoff

Writer and performance artist. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in April and May 2016.

Writer-in-Residence at Mary-Lou Zeitoun, Writer-in_Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House January 2017

Jane Eaton Hamilton

Creative non-fiction, fiction, and poetry author. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in June 2016.

Jacqueline Pearce, Writer-in_Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House August - September 2017

Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall

Creative non-fiction and memoir author. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in July and September 2016.

Carole Glasser Langille, Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in February and March 2017

Takiya Kuwahara

“Make all the time and space into poetry.” Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House from October 1 to 15, 2016.

Writer-in-Residence at Mary-Lou Zeitoun, Writer-in_Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House January 2017

Christine Lowther

Poet and memoir author. Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House from October 15, 2016, to January 30, 2017.