The SFU Department of English is proud to announce the appointment of Katherena Vermette as the 2021 Ellen and Warren Tallman Writer-in-Residence.

Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette (she/her/hers) is a Red River Métis (Michif) writer from Treaty 1 territory, the heart of the Métis Nation. She has worked in poetry, novels, children’s literature, and film.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, her father’s roots run deep in St. Boniface, St. Norbert and beyond. Her mother’s side is Mennonite from the Altona and Rosenfeld area (Treaty 1).

Vermette received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry for her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses’ Company). The Break (House of Anansi) won several awards including the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and was a bestseller in Canada. Her National Film Board documentary, this river won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Short. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia.

Road Allowance Era (HighWater Press) is the final installment of her graphic novel series A Girl Called Echo and is listed among CBC Books 21 Canadian comics to watch for in Spring 2021. The Strangers (Hamish Hamilton) is the follow up to her award winning debut novel, The Break and will include previous characters set in the same world.

Katherena lives with her family in a cranky old house within skipping distance of the temperamental Red River.

Writer-in-Residence Consultations are no longer available.


With Thanks

The Ellen & Warren Tallman Writer-in-Residence Program gratefully acknowledges generous support from the Shadbolt Endowment, Canada Council for the Arts, SFU's Dean of Arts and Social Sciences, SFU's Department of English, and the Ellen & Warren Tallman Endowment.

Writer-in-Residence Committee

The Writer-in-Residence Committee has been established by the Department of English to work in consultation with the resident writer to design and coordinate their schedule of duties and activities. Committee members include Carolyn Lesjak (Department Chair), Clint Burnham, David Chariandy, Stephen Collis, Jeff Derksen, Sophie McCall, and a graduate student representative.

Interview with Wayde Compton, Writer-in-Residence 2007–2008

Video montage of the Ellen & Warren Tallman Writers-in-Residence at SFU: 2004–2019

Past Writers-in-residence