Karen Connelly was UNB’s twelfth writer-in-residence for the 1993-1994 academic year. Connelly was originally only going to be the writer-in-residence for the first term of that academic year due to financial difficulties, but during a reception in November which was honoring Connelly UNB's president Robin Armstrong extended the writer's tenure to the end of spring. She was awarded the 1993 Governor General’s Award for English Language Non-fiction for her book/travel memoir Touch the Dragon at only twenty-four years old, making her the youngest winner of the award.
Connelly gave her first public reading on September 20 in Memorial Hall. English professor Mary Rimmer said that Connelly was valued for “her writing as well as her communication skills.”
UA Case 191; Section 2; Karen Connelly