Nicholson’s tenure as Writer in Residence culminated in “Writers in the Round” on April 28, 2017, an evening of readings by those who benefitted from her guidance, supported by the Ellen and Warren Tallman Endowment. Among them was Lindsey Bannister, a PhD student in the Department of English. Bannister read from her essay, “The Warning,” a family history narrative that she has been working on for a few years.
Bannister's newest project is a longer work that explores a string of violent acts committed against young and marginalized women in and around London, Ontario in the 1960s and 1970s. She says she participated in the writer in residence program because she wanted to discuss her project ideas with a more experienced writer, and that she accomplished this (and more) by connecting with Nicholson. She says, “I had heard about Cecily’s community work in the downtown eastside and so I welcomed her perspective on those texts. I met with her and I was impressed by her attentiveness. Her feedback was extremely thoughtful. In addition to being a wonderful poet, she has a very sharp editorial eye, but, more importantly, I appreciated her openness and her warmth. Community-building is important to her and this came through in my conversation with her. It was just what I needed.”