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Writer in Residence

We are pleased to announce the selection of the 2021-2022 Writer in Residence!

Neil Aitken

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Neil Aitken is a Chinese-Scottish Canadian writer, editor, and translator with a multi-genre MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Literature & Creative Writing. He is the author of two poetry collections, Babbage’s Dream, a semi-finalist for the Anthony Hecht Prize, and The Lost Country of Sight, winner of the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, as well as a poetry chapbook, Leviathan, which won the 2017 Elgin Prize for Science Fiction Poetry. His work appears in anthologies, magazines, and broadsides, and has been featured in animated film, arranged for contemporary art song, and translated into Dutch, Russian, and Chinese.

In addition to writing poetry and fiction, he also works on literary translations of contemporary Chinese poetry and received the DJS Translation Prize for his efforts. A former computer games programmer, he maintains a deep love of interactive fiction, digital storytelling, and tabletop role playing games.

As a child, Neil spent many years in North Battleford and Regina, before moving the United States to pursue schooling and work opportunities. He returned to Regina in 2019 and presently serves as the editor of Boxcar Poetry Review and works as creative writing coach, writing mentor, workshop facilitator, and manuscript editor. He is currently working on a libretto for a commissioned opera expected to debut in 2023. 

About the Program

The RPL Writer in Residence program provides opportunities for members of the community to receive guidance and advice from an established Canadian writer.

The Writer in Residence offers one-to-one assistance with personal writing projects, as well as public readings, literary activities, school, and community visits, and programs that focus on serving and supporting the writing community in Regina. 

The Writer in Residence assists writers by providing:

  • Writing advice and suggestions
  • Encouragement and support
  • Insight and assistance with all publishing phases: from research, to writing the first draft to publication
  • A professional critique of their work

Neil begins his residency at RPL on September 7th, but is already accepting appointment bookings. To schedule an appointment, contact him at

Learn more about becoming a Writer in Residence here.

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