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UNB’s English program offers you the chance to work with award-winning authors, bond with fellow students and listen to emerging and established Canadian authors.


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The Department of English welcomes Phil Hall as our 2018-2019 writer-in-residence.

Phil is available to writers at the University of New Brunswick and the wider literary community for one-on-one or group consultations, workshops and readings.

Phil Hall has been publishing poetry in Canada since 1973, and is the author of many books of poetry, six of them with Brick Books.

He won the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry in English for Killdeer (BookThug, 2011). He also won Ontario’s 2012 Trillium Book Award for Killdeer.

His most recent trade books are: Guthrie Clothing: The Poetry of Phil Hall—A Selected Collage (Sir Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015), Le pluvier kildir, translated by Rose Després (Prise de parole, 2015), and Conjugation (BookThug, 2016).

His most recent chapbooks are: Notes on Assemblage (JackPine Press, 2017), An Egregore (Apt. 9 Press, 2017), and (with Erín Moure) The Interrupted (Beautiful Outlaw, 2017).

He has twice been nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize. He has taught widely, and been in residence also at Queen’s University, the University of Ottawa, Sage Hill, the Pierre Berton House, and elsewhere.

Phil is the Director of The Page Lectures at Queen’s University. He is an assemblage artist & a banjo player. He lives near Perth, Ontario.

Become our writer-in-residence

Are you interested in applying to be our writer-in-residence?

We are not currently accepting applications for our 2018-19 residency. Information about applications for the 2019-20 residency will appear here in September 2018.

Albert Ross Undergraduate English Society

The Albert Ross Undergraduate English Society seeks to cultivate a strong sense of community in the UNB English department for undergraduate students. Students from any faculty are welcome to join.

Through its events, students can develop stronger professional ties and friendly relationships with their professors.

According to legend, the original Albert Ross Society got its name from an undergraduate student’s essay on Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

The student did not read the poem, but incorporated what he had overheard about it from other students. The student, having misunderstood the word “albatross,” re-invented the bird as a man named “Albert Ross.”

After a hiatus, the society re-launched in 2017.

The Albert Ross Undergraduate English Society can be reached at

Visiting Writers Series

For decades, the Department of English has organized readings and reading tours by a diverse range of emerging and established Canadian authors, including Craig Davidson, Liz Howard, Lee Maracle, Don McKay, Heather O'Neill and Eden Robinson.

The English department’s readings are free and open to all members of the public. By inviting to Fredericton a wide range of authors working in multiple genres and from many points of view, we hope to contribute to our audience’s engagement with and appreciation of the literary arts.