Luke Hathaway

Luke Hathaway is a trans poet, librettist, and performer who lives in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, and teaches full time at Saint Mary’s University. His mythopoeic word-worlds have given rise to new musical and/or theatrical works by composers Colin Labadie, Benton Roark, Zachary Wadsworth, and James Rolfe, as well as by DaPoPo Theatre. His books have been recognized on ‘Best of’ lists in New York Times, the Times (U.K.), The National Post, and the Globe and Mail, as well as on NPR and the CBC. He frequently collaborates with singer/scholar Daniel Cabena as part of the metamorphosing ensemble ANIMA (


The Affirmations: poems (Biblioasis, 2022); Years, Months, and Days: poems (Biblioasis, 2018); Living in the Orchard: The Poetry of Peter Sanger (Frog Hollow Press Literary Monograph Series, 2014); All the Daylight Hours: poems (Cormorant Books, 2013); Groundwork: poems (Biblioasis, 2011); Membra Jesu Nostri (Baseline Press, 2023); New Year Letter (Baseline Press, 2020/21); The Temple (Baseline Press, 2018).

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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that each workshop’s participants share a level or range of writing / publication experience. This is to ensure that each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their current writing priorities.

To this end, the “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions developed by WFNS:

  • New writers: those with no professional publications (yet!) or a few short professional publications (i.e., poems, stories, or essays in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with numerous professional publications and/or one book-length publication.
  • Established writers/authors: those with two book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short publications.
  • Professional authors: those with more than two book-length publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for participant-to-participant feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed.

For all other workshops, the recommended experience level is just that—a recommendation—and we encourage potential participants to follow their own judgment when registering.

If you’re uncertain of your experience level with regard to any particular workshop, please feel free to contact us at