Curriculum vitae: Maggie Helwig

Maggie Helwig portrait


BA (Honours), Classical Studies: Latin and Greek languages and literature, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, 1983

Master of Divinity (Honours), Trinity College, Toronto School of Theology, 2011 (Thesis: “Let the body do the body does: Gregory of Nyssa in dialogue with contemporary theologians, 1985-2008”)

Books Published

(as author)

(as editor)

Work Published in Anthologies



Published in periodicals


Acta Victoriana, Antigonish Review, Angel Exhaust (UK), ARC, Canadian Literary Review, Canadian Forum, Canadian Literature, Conspiracy of Silence, Dandelion, Descant, Digger and Christian Anarchist, Fiddlehead, Grain, Greenfield Review (US), Greensboro Review (US), Hook and Ladder, Malahat Review, New Quarterly, Pawn to Infinity, Poetry Toronto, Poetry Canada, Prism, Quarry, Queen Street Quarterly, Queen's Quarterly, Rampike, Stanzas, This Magazine, Toronto Life, Waves, Zymurgy
In translation: Zarez (Croatia)


Angel Exhaust (UK), Brick, Canadian Fiction Magazine, Independent on Sunday Magazine (UK), Peterborough Review, Quarry, Sin Over Tan, Smoke, This Magazine


Brick, Canadian Forum, Canadian Woman Studies, Catholic New Times, Life and Peace Review (Sweden), Magical Blend, Maisonneuve, Ottawa Citizen, Peace News (UK), Poetry Canada, Quarry, what magazine, Numéro Cinq, The Anglican
In translation: ARKzin (Croatia), Ikkevold (Denmark)

journalism/book reviews

The ACTivist, Books in Canada, Catholic New Times, The Globe and Mail, The Nerve, New Statesman and Society (UK), Ottawa Citizen, Peace Magazine, Peace News (UK), This Magazine, Toronto Star, what magazine, Word: Toronto's Literary Calendar

Awards and honours

Current employment

May 2013 – present:
Priest-in-charge, Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields, Toronto []

Other positions currently held

July 2010 – present:
Chair of Social Justice and Advocacy Committee, Anglican Diocese of Toronto []
January 2010 – present:
Member of Child Poverty Subcommittee of the Social Justice and Advocacy Committee, Anglican Diocese of Toronto
2010 – present:
Judge, with Bill Kennedy, of the annual bpnichol Chapbook Award, formerly administered by the Phoenix Community Works Foundation, now by Meet the Presses

Past cultural projects

Fall 2011:
Curator of “Sacred Music and Social Media” performance installation in Trinity College Chapel, Nuit Blanche 2011
January – July 2011:
Juror and event manager for final Scream in High Park mainstage, Scream Literary Festival
Fall 2010:
Curator of “Procedures in a Time of Plague,” a multimedia interactive performance installation in Trinity Chapel, Nuit Blanche 2010
June 2010:
Primary liturgist for Pride Week liturgy, Trinity College Chapel
January 2009 – July 2011:
member of Board of Directors, Scream Literary Festival
February 2005 – January 2009:
Associate Director, Scream Literary Festival
Member of the Meet the Presses small press collective
Fall 2007:
Curator of multi-media art and performance exhibition at St Thomas’s, Huron Street, Nuit Blanche 2007
December – April 2005:
Member of mainstage artistic jury for Scream in High Park.
Judge of poetry category, National Magazine Awards
1998 – 2003:
Co-coordinator, with Maria Erskine, of the Toronto Small Press Fair, a twice-yearly gathering of micropublishers, zine publishers, and text-based artists. I was involved in some capacity with the Small Press Fair from 1998, when it was founded, until 2008
October 1998-August 2000:
Literary editor of Canadian Forum.
March 1994 – December 1996:
Reviews Editor for Peace News , London, England
1989 – 1990:
Editor, Poetry Canada Review.
1987 – 1989:
Associate editor at The Nerve, an indie music newspaper in Toronto.
1987 – 1990:
Contributing editor at what magazine, a monthly magazine of drama, poetry, short fiction, reviews and criticism. what is now recognized as a short-lived but groundbreaking publication that introduced many important new writers and raised the level of critical discourse in Canada significantly.
1986 – 1987:
Associate reviews editor at The Varsity, University of Toronto.
1984 – 1987:
Preliminary reader for Best Canadian Stories

Other Work

May 2011 – April 2013:
Assistant Curate, Church of St Timothy, North Toronto []
January 2005 – May 2011:
Organizer of Out of the Cold/Out of the Heat meal programme, St Thomas’s Church, Huron St.
January 2007 – December 2009:
Parish Outreach Facilitator. Hired by the Anglican Diocese of Toronto to encourage greater involvement by parishes in social justice activities, and movement from a charity model towards more advocacy and solidarity.
January 2009 – July 2009:
Research Assistant for Professor Ann Jervis, Toronto School of Theology
May 2003- December 2004:
Co-organizer, with Andrea Budgey, of OOTC/OOTH meal programme
May – October 1999:
Canadian coordinator of the International Federation for East Timor Observer Project, the largest NGO mission observing the referendum in East Timor.
June 1998 – September 2001:
Researcher/Media Liaison with Canadian Action for Indonesia and East Timor.
February 1994 – April 1996:
Organising Secretary of the British Coalition for East Timor, London, England.
January 1991 – December 1993:
Editor of The ACTivist, a monthly peace and human rights newspaper published by ACT for Disarmament, Toronto.
1991 onwards
— Conducted nonviolence trainings for various peace, environmental, and women’s groups
November 1990 – December 1993:
Main office staffer at ACT for Disarmament.
1987 – 1988:
Typesetting manager, The Varsity
Clerk at Letters Bookstore, Toronto, Canada
Clerk at The Book Store, Peterborough, Canada

Other Positions Held

May 2010 – May 2011:
Student Co-Head of Divinity Class, Trinity College
September 2008 – December 2009:
Chapel coach, Trinity Divinity class.
Board of Directors, PEN Canada (Member at large)
2004- 2006:
Member of Executive, Trinity-Spadina NDP
December 1994 – August 2002:
Council Member, War Resisters’ International; also coordinated Women’s Working Group from 1993 to 1999