Category Archives: Events

Welcome to Fall Open House

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This past weekend some of our dedicated English faculty and students participated in the Fall Open House, welcoming potential students and their parents to UWaterloo, and answering any questions they might have about our program. An English degree by co-op? Check, we have that. Traditional courses in literature, alongside courses in Professional Communication, Rhetoric. and Digital Media? Again, yes! A wide range of online courses? A minor in Technical Writing? Of course–we’re UWaterloo. Creative Writing? Absolutely–complemented by the presence of a national literary magazine on campus (The New Quarterly), and a series which brings acclaimed writers to campus to read.


Thanks to all of our fantastic volunteers, as well as those who came out to learn more about our program.


Read all about it!

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Head on over to UWaterloo English to read our 2018 newsletter, featuring a letter from our new chair, Dr. Shelley Hulan, and updates on faculty and student achievements.

3D printing methods and poetics?

On Monday, October 29th, drop by the University of Waterloo English’s Critical Media Lab (44 Gaukel St., Kitchener). Digital artist and writer Aaron Tucker will be giving a talk and workshop on 3D printing methods and poetics.

Aaron Tucker is the author of the novel Y: Oppenheimer, Horseman of Los Alamos (Coach House Books) as well as two books of poetry, Irresponsible Mediums: The Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp (Book*hug Press) and punchlines (Mansfield Press), and two scholarly cinema studies monographs, Virtual Weaponry: The Militarized Internet in Hollywood War Films and Interfacing with the Internet in Popular Cinema (both published by Palgrave Macmillan).

Wild Writers Festival, 2018

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, a  literary magazine based at St Jerome’s at UWaterloo, is proud to present the seventh annual Wild Writers Literary Festival on November 2-4th, 2018. Join us for a celebration of the feral and free and its expression in poetry, the short story, and everything in between. Create, learn, discover and share the art of groundbreaking writing. There are workshops, readings, and food!

Friday the 2nd
Leading off Waterloo Region’s premier literary event will be Jael Richardson, an author and broadcaster, in conversation with Sharon Bala and Rawi Hage. This will take place at the CIGI Campus Auditorium on Erb Street West in Waterloo.

Sharon Bala won the 2017 Journey Prize, presented annually by McClelland and Stewart and the Writers’ Trust of Canada for the best short story published by an emerging writer in a Canadian literary magazine. Her story, “Butter Tea at Starbucks,” was published in The New Quarterly. Sharon’s bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, was a finalist for Canada Reads 2018 and the 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award.

Rawi Hage’s new novel, Beirut Hellfire Society, is a finalist for this year’s Governor General’s Literary Award and Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Hage’s debut novel, De Niro’s Game (2006), won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for English fiction. His second novel, Cockroach (2008), was shortlisted for the Giller, the Governor General’s and the Rogers Fiction Prize.

Saturday the 3rd

…also at CIGI, there’ll be an intriguing mix of writer’s craft classes, panel discussions and masterclasses. These classes will include instruction on writing poetry, creative nonfiction, character development as well as custom crafted ones for young creators and caregivers.

Sunday the 4th
A literary brunch featuring conversations with and readings from Katherine Ashenburg, Claire Cameron and Michael Redhill at the Rhapsody Barrel Bar on King Street in Kitchener.


Katherine Ashenburg is the prize-winning author of three nonfiction books: Going to Town: Architectural Walking Tours in Southern Ontario, The Mourner’s Dance: What We Do When People Die, and The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History.

Claire Cameron has written three novels: The Last Neanderthal, which won the 2018 Evergreen Award; The Bear, longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize); and The Line Painter, nominated for the Arthur Ellis Crime Writing Award for best first novel.

Michael Redhill is a Giller Prize-winning novelist, poet and playwright. He is the author of the novels Consolation, longlisted for Man Booker Prize; Martin Sloane, a finalist for the Giller Prize; and most recently, Bellevue Square, winner of the 2017 Giller Prize.

Jack Halberstam: TRANS* Visual archives of the transgendered body

We are pleased to announce a talk by Jack Halberstam, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. This is a special lecture and conversation co-sponsored by the Department of English Language & Literature, the Department of Philosophy, the Critical Media Lab, and the Faculty of Arts.​

Halberstam is the author of numerous books and articles, including: Trans* A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability (UC Press, 2018), Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995). His articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and collections. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book on Fascism and (homo)sexuality.

Reception starts at 6:00 pm followed by the lecture at 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome.

Monday, Nov. 19, 7pm
CIGI Auditorium
Balsillie School of International Affairs
67 Erb Street West
Waterloo, Canada

Diversity and Change in the Arts: A Conversation

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Join us on Oct 17th, for “Diversity and Change in the Arts: A Conversation with Pam Patel, Artistic Director of MT Space”

Founded in 2004, MT Space is the Waterloo Region’s first and only multicultural theatre company. Its mandate is to create, produce, and present high quality artistic performances and cultural events reflective of the people who live here. Please join us for a conversation between Pam Patel (Artistic Director, MT Space) and Dr. Lamees Al Ethari (Department of English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo) as we discuss the role of MT Space in fostering meaningful interaction through art and culture in our communities.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 17, 4:00pm
WHERE: EV3-Environment 3, Room 4412

Pam Patel is an actor who has toured nationally to cities including Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria, and has traveled overseas to perform in Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. She is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s music program. Pam’s creative work has focused on improvisation, in both music and physical theatre, and has had her talents showcased at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the Stratford Summer Music Festival. Pam has been an Artistic Associate at MT Space since 2009, and was appointed Artistic Director in July 2016.

Lamees Al Ethari, Ph.D., is a faculty member in English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. Her collection From the Wounded Banks of the Tigris was recently published with Baseline Press. Her book Waiting for the Rain: A Memoir, on the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, is due for publication in 2019. Her work is also published in The New Quarterly, About Place Journal, The Malpais Review, the anthology Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here and has been printed as broadsides. She is currently completing her book, Resistance and Memory in Iraqi Women’s Life Narratives.

Drew Hayden Taylor coming to UWaterloo


I first read Drew Hayden Taylor, an Ojibway author from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario, during my undergrad. To be honest, I’m not even sure his work was assigned–I may have just stumbled across it. Soon after I was fortunate enough to hear him read from his play The Bootlegger Blues. A synopsis: “This comedy is about love, family, and what to do with too much beer. Set on a reserve, it follows the plight of Martha, a church-going, teetotaling woman who finds herself stuck with 143 cases of beer after a church fundraiser fails. She decides to bootleg the beer, to the horror of her son Andrew, nicknamed Blue, who is a special constable on the reserve. Meanwhile, Andrew has fallen for a young woman he thinks is his cousin, and his sister Marianne is bored with her “Indian Yuppie” husband and finds herself attracted to a handsome dancer at the powwow. ” I was hooked. Now he’s coming to UWaterloo for a screening of his film, Searching for Winnetou, about the very strange German fascination with the Old West as it is immortalized in the Winnetou novels of nineteenth-century writer Karl May. A discussion with Drew Hayden Taylor will follow.

“Drew Hayden Taylor’s Search for Winnetou” is being held in the Balsillie multipurpose room (67 Erb Street W., Waterloo) on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7pm, followed by a Q&A with Drew Hayden Taylor. More information and a link to register for this free event can be found here.

The event is co-sponsored by the Waterloo Centre for German Studies and the Balsillie School of International Affairs Research Cluster for Indigenous Peoples, Decolonization and the Globe.