Mercedes Eng was the 2022 Ellen and Warren Tallman Writer-in-Residence. The 2023 writer-in-residence will be announced later this year.

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Mercedes Eng

Mercedes Eng is the author of Mercenary English, a poem about sex work, violence, and resistance in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver, Prison Industrial Complex Explodes, winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and my yt mama, which documents a childhood lived under white supremacy in Canadian prairies. Her writing has appeared in Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers’ PoetryJacket 2Asian American Literary ReviewThe Capilano ReviewThe Abolitionist, r/ally (No One Is Illegal), and Survaillance and M’aidez (Press Release). Mercedes teaches at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where she also organizes the On Edge reading series, and is an incoming 2023 Shadbolt Fellow at Simon Fraser University. She is dreaming and planting towards the destruction of carceral systems.

Read Mercedes Eng's feature story.

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 & 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