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GMB Chomichuk is the 2020 Carol Shields Writer in Residence

GMB Chomichuk, photo supplied

GMB Chomichuk, photo supplied

Award-winning writer and illustrator, GMB Chomichuk is the 2020 Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence. His work has appeared in film, television, theatre, books, comics, and graphic novels. Chomichuk’s work ranges from the heartwarming to the blood curdling with graphic novels Cassie and Tonk, Midnight City, Will I See?, Automatic Age, Arena City, and Good Boys.

UWinnipeg is excited to have such a versatile and dynamic writer-in-residence. He  will serve as writer-in-residence, in the Department of English, for four weeks in winter 2020; from February 3 – 14, and from February 24 – March 6. Writers on campus, and in the community, will be able to contact him at

In addition to helping writers on campus, UWinnipeg will host two events to celebrate and share his work. Both events are free and open to the public.

Chomichuk’s Inaugural Reading
Wednesday, January 29, at 12:30 pm, in Room 2M70

Carol Shields Distinguished Lecture
Thursday February 27,  at 7:00 pm, in Room 2M70

Chomichuk is the host of Super Pulp Science, a podcast about how genre gets made. His newest full length graphic novel Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal was featured on The Hollywood Reporter, The Nerdist and Billboard Magazine.

He is also the illustrator of the story “Rosie,” a story in This Place: 150 Years Retold, which is The University of Winnipeg’s One Book UWinnipeg project this year.

The Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Program at The University of Winnipeg was made possible by a generous donation from the Shields family. The program’s name honours the memory of Carol Shields, Pulitzer-prize winning novelist, and Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg from 1996 to 2000. At convocations during those years, our students and their families were privileged to hear her wise and beautifully-crafted addresses to the graduands. Shields was also a generous mentor to emerging writers, so this program is a fitting tribute to her. 

Past writers in this program include Margaret Sweatman, Sandra Birdsell, John Weier, Maria Campbell, David Bergen, Ivan Coyote, Debbie Paterson, Gregory Scofield, Chandra Mayor, Jennifer Still, Katherena Vermette, Méira Cook and Garry Thomas Morse.

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