Emerge! Guelph Creative Writing MFA Showcase at the EMWF

Thursday September 30, 8:00 p.m. EST (online)

Once again the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA is thrilled to be partnering with the Eden Mills Writers' Festival to present an event featuring up-and-coming writers who are currently students in the MFA. Hear the diverse and urgent voices of tomorrow as the Guelph Creative Writing MFA celebrates its fifteenth anniversary and its long-standing partnership with the Eden Mills Writers Festival. Featuring Kate Barss, Véronique Darwin, Anna Lee-Popham, Graeme McClelland, Yohani Mendis, and Elizabeth Mudenyo.

Join us on Thursday September 30th at 8 p.m. via Zoom. Please register via Eventbrite (click on the register button below) and the Zoom link will be sent to you on the day of the event.


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Kate Barss is a queer writer living in Toronto. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Catapult, The Hairpin, The Awl, Taddle Creek and others.
Véronique Darwin (she/her) is a fiction writer living in Toronto, where she is pursuing a Creative Writing MFA at the University of Guelph. You can find her stories in HELD Magazine, The Quarantine Review, the Black Bear Review, and forthcoming in PRISM. She publishes humour pieces in Geist, and reviews in The Fiddlehead and EVENT Magazine. Though currently working on a really good not-at-all-bad novel, she also has fun experimenting with writing for the stage and screen, including Neverland: A Ski Town Musical in Rossland, BC, in 2019.
Anna Lee-Popham is an MFA Candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph, and a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University and University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education Creative Writing Certificate, where she was a recipient of the Janice Colbert Poetry Award. Her writing was recently published in Canthius and Autostraddle and she is an editor at HELD magazine and a co-host of the Emerging Writers Reading Series.
Graeme McClelland is a playwright from Burlington, ON. He is co-writer of The Haven Project (available on Spotify), writer and performer for stage, and former professional chef. He holds a BA from the University of Guelph in Theatre Studies and has been published in Intermission Magazine. He currently lives in Toronto, ON.
Yohani Mendis is a Toronto-based emerging writer. Her work received an Honourable Mention in the 2020 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest; was runner-up in the 2021 Toronto International Festival of Authors/Fan Expo Flash Fiction Contest; and her first published poem appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2021. She works at Brick magazine and is an incoming student in the Guelph CW MFA Program. 

Elizabeth Mudenyo is a Scarborough-based poet, community organizer, artist and arts manager. She was a fellow of the Poetry Foundation’s 2018 Poetry Incubator, and participant of the 2020 Hurston/Wright Poetry Weekend with Danez Smith, Diaspora Dialogues Short Form Mentorship and the DreamYard’s Rad(ical) Poetry Consortium. Her recent publications include Write Magazine, Plenitude Magazine, carte-blanche, HELD magazine and CV2. Her first poetry chapbook, With Both Hands, is available through Anstruther Press. Elizabeth is a Creative Writing MFA Candidate at the University of Guelph. www.elizabethmudenyo.com



The University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA is one of the premier graduate writing programs in this country. Among our graduates are such Canadian literary notables as Jael Richardson, writer, commentator and artistic director of The Festival of Literary Diversity; Ayelet Tsabari, winner of the Sami Rohr Prize for International Jewish Literature; Liz Howard, winner of the Griffin Prize for Canadian Poetry, Governor General’s Award-winning dramatist Robert Chafe; and Canadian Screen Award-winning Canadian director and screenwriter Kathleen Hepburn, among many others who are remapping the Canadian cultural landscape.

The University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA, part of the University of Guelph’s College of Arts, is located at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto. For more information go to: https://www.uoguelph.ca/arts/cwmfa.