The McLoughlin Gardens Society is pleased to welcome poet and scholar Maleea Acker as our 2019 Writer-in-Residence. Like previous writers at the McLoughlin Gardens, Anne Simpson and Arleen Paré, Maleea’s work reveals a profound attentiveness to the natural world. As a teacher and scholar, she invites her students to explore their own relationship to place.

Maleea Acker is the author of two books of poetry, The Reflecting Pool and Air-Proof Green (Pedlar 2009, 2013), and a collection of essays, Gardens Aflame: Garry Oak Meadows of BC’s South Coast (New Star Books, 2012).  Maleea is also an award-winning Geography lecturer at the University of Victoria, where she is a PhD candidate, focusing on Geopoetics.

As part of the Writer-in-Residence Program, Maleea will be available to consult with writers – published and unpublished – about their writing projects. Please visit the Society’s website to find out about scheduling a consultation with Maleea

Malea will also be offering two workshops during her residency: Landscapes of the Heart, Sunday, July 14, 1 - 4 p.m.  To be held on site at the McLoughlin Gardens in Merville, and Poetry and PlaceJuly 28th, 2019, 1 - 4 p.m., to be held at the Courtenay Museum.

Registration is limited to 12 participants for both workshops. Fees are $35 for Society members and $45 for non-members. Registration information can be found at

Mark your calendars for Maleea’s poetry reading on July 30th at 6:30 p.m. at the Courtenay library. This hour-long event will be a chance for writers and non-writers to experience the performative aspect of Maleea’s poetry. Come early to get a seat!