Category Archives: Awards

Awards for The New Quarterly

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Congratulations to The New Quarterly for winning double silver — one each in Poetry and Personal Journalism — at this year’s National Magazine Awards on May 31st, the best showing by a Canadian literary magazine and ninth best overall. More than 185 Canadian print and digital magazines submitted their best, in both official languages. TNQ had five nominations at the 42nd NMAs, including two in Poetry, two in Personal Journalism, and one in Fiction.

Terence Young’s “The Bear” won silver in Poetry. This poem was also a runner-up in TNQ’s Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse contest. “That Time of Year,” a story from his second collection of fiction, The End of the Ice Age, was selected for the annual Best Canadian Stories in 2012.

Meaghan Rondeau’s “Half-Thing” won silver in Personal Journalism. This prose piece  also won TNQ’s 2018 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. Rondeau mostly writes poetry and short fiction, but her first play, “Cassandra in the House,” was produced at the Brave New Play Rites in Vancouver.

“The competition is fierce at the NMAs — in poetry, there were eight shortlisted, and in personal journalism, there were eleven shortlisted,” said TNQ editor Pamela Mulloy. “It’s always a surreal experience to attend the NMAs with all their razzle-dazzle, and to see The New Quarterly‘s name on the big screen makes me incredibly proud of all the work that goes into bringing these winning writers to this very big stage.

In the 20 years that it has participated in the National Magazine Awards, TNQ has won 10 gold, 9 silver and had 43 honourable mentions.

The New Quarterly is a non-profit Canadian literary magazine housed at St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo. The magazine has been publishing the best of new Canadian writing — fiction, nonfiction, poetry, author interviews and talk about writing — for 38 years.

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PhD Alumna wins Dissertation Award!

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This is fantastic news! UWaterloo PhD graduate Dr. Sarah Whyte has received the 2018 Award for Best Dissertation from the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing for The Rhetorical Life of Surgical Checklists: A Burkean Analysis with Implications for Knowledge Translation. Dr. Whyte was supervised by Dr. Jay Dolmage with committee members Dr. Randy Harris and Dr. Catherine Schryer. The committee had this to say about her dissertation:

Dr. Whyte’s doctoral research makes substantial contributions to the theoretical foundations of writing and discourse studies. She pushes Burke—as a theory and method—into new territory in a return to dramatism as she interrogates and deepens the notion of rhetorical situation, in particular through an examination of the concept of circumference. She traces the circumference of the surgical checklist through a deep and rich analysis of the wide range of texts around and about its efficacy/performance in the operating theatre. Within the theatre itself, her participant observations reveal that rhetorical situation is as multifold as the number of participants, and that shared experience does not make for a single/homogenous situation. Thus, circumference has multiple dimensions, and rhetorical situation might be more spherical than our field has grasped to date. Overall the committee agreed that this work will go on to be of key importance to those in our field—including but not limited to Burke scholars and medical rhetoricians—and to policy makers and practitioners in surgical teams.

Congratulations again to Dr. Whyte. Now for a little UWaterloo trivia. Can you guess which UWaterloo English faculty member also won a dissertation award from CASDW?

Dr. Aimée Morrison named 2019 Trudeau Fellow

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Congratulations to English’s Dr. Aimée Morrison who has been selected as one of five Trudeau Fellows for 2019 by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, as part of their new Institutes of Engaged Leadership. According to the Foundation, “This program will support the development of leadership skills among the Foundation’s Scholars, helping them to increase the impact of their research in their institutions and communities.”

A Storytelling Performance

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UWaterloo English’s Dr. Lamees Al Ethari and Carrie Snyder, in conjunction with writer Tasneem Jamal, facilitated the X Page Workshop, a project in which immigrant and refugee women from the Waterloo region wrote stories based on their life experiences. They were fortunate to received a SSHRC Connection Grant for the project, which funded two UWaterloo students. Other collaborators included Kimberly B. Rygiel at IMRC, Pamela Mulloy and The New Quarterly, Melissa Durrell of Durrell Communications, and Pam Patel of the MT Space. Carrie Snyder has written about the first gathering of participants and the stories they generated. Now you can come hear their work at Quilt of Stories, a storytelling performance about home and belonging.

When: Sunday, May 26, 2-4pm
Where: CIGI Campus Auditorium, 67 Erb St. West

Admission is free. Register at the performance’s Eventbright page.

Nominations for The New Quarterly

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Good news! The New Quarterly, a literary journal headquartered at St. Jerome’s University, part of University of Waterloo, has earned five nominations at this year’s National Magazine Awards, two in Poetry, two in Personal Journalism, and one in Fiction.

As he journal writes: “The competition was strong as more than 185 Canadian print and digital magazines put forth submissions in both official languages. In the twenty years that it has participated in the National Magazine Awards, The New Quarterly has won ten gold, seven silver and forty-three honourable mentions. The National Magazine Awards winners will be announced on Friday, May 31, 2019 at a gala in Toronto.”

For more information on the awards, see The New Quarterly.

Image courtesy of the National Magazine Awards. 

Recognizing Excellence in English

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Anyone in English will tell you how indebted we are as a department to Jenny Conroy (our Undergraduate Program Coordinator) and Dr. Bruce Dadey. They are among those key players who keep things running smoothly, who are incredible repositories of knowledge, and who make the department a better place to be. Faculty and undergraduate students benefit from their work in ways of which they may not even be aware. Fortunately, the Faculty of Arts has recognized their exceptional work. At the recent Celebration of Arts Ceremony Jenny Conroy received an Excellence in Service Award, while Bruce Dadey received an Excellence in Teaching Award.

Pictured left to right: Dr. Clive Forrester, Dr. Ken Hirschkop, Dr. Megan Selinger, Dr. Dorothy Hadfield, Ms. Jenny Conroy, Dr. Bruce Dadey, Dr. Shelley Hulan, Dr. George Lamont.

Dr. Sarah Tolmie Shortlisted for Griffin Prize

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Congratulations to UWaterloo English professor Dr. Sarah Tolmie, who has been shortlisted for the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize, for The Art of Dying (McGill-Queen’s University Press). The jury described her work as a “multifaceted meditation on mortality beneath its deceptively simple lyric surface.”  Tolmie has been invited to read, alongside fellow nominees including Dionne Brand and Eve Joseph, June 5 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. The following night two winners will be celebrated at a gala ceremony.