Category Archives: Readings

Elizabeth Greene reads at UW

It’s time for the first event in the annual Canadian Literature Reading Series at St. Jerome’s at UWaterloo. Join us for a reading by Elizabeth Greene at 4:30pm this Friday, 20 October, in SJ1 3027.

Elizabeth Greene has published three books of poetry, The Iron Shoes, Moving, and Understories, the last two with Inanna Press. She edited and contributed to We Who Can Fly: Poems, Essays and Memories in Honour of Adele Wiseman (Cormorant, 1997), which won the Betty and Morris Aaron Prize for Best Canadian Scholarship (Jewish Book Awards). She has published poetry in journals, including The Antigonish Review, FreeFall, The Literary Review of Canada and anthologies, including Shy: An Anthology; Poet to Poet Anthology; and Where the Nights are Twice as Long. Three of her poems were included in the inaugural issue of Juniper: an online poetry journal this past summer. Her poems were short-listed for the Descant/Winston Collins Prize (2011, 2013). Her novel, A Season Among Psychics, is forthcoming from Inanna next spring; her selection of Adele Wiseman’s poetry, The Dowager Empress and Other Poems, will appear from Inanna in 2019. In an earlier incarnation she taught English at Queen’s University, where she was instrumental in introducing Creative Writing to the Department and was one of the founders of Women’s Studies.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.


English Student Society Symposium

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Celebrate the end-of-term with an evening of food, drinks, and student lectures at the English Student Society Symposium! Students are encouraged to sign up and give a short presentation on a topic related to English Language and Literature.

Theme: The Secret Garden
Dress code: Semi-Formal
Friday, March 31, 7-10 p.m., HH 373

Students are encouraged to sign-up and present on:
· Creative writing pieces
· Academic projects or papers
· International exchange or volunteer experiences
· Academic research projects
· Co-op projects
· Other topics related to English

An RSVP is required for this event.
Please RSVP and/or sign-up to present by March 30th.

Please direct questions to

Iraqi-American author visits UWaterloo

Announcing “In The Market of Sex Slaves,” a talk and reading by Dunya Mikhail. Mikhail will relate the true stories of heroism, liberation, and sometimes failure, told to her by Abdullah, a bee keeper, forced into the profession of saving captive women from Da’esh (ISIS).

Mikhail is an Iraqi-American author of The Iraqi Nights (New Directions, 2014); The War Works Hard (New Directions, 2005), shortlisted for the Griffin Prize and named one of “Twenty-Five Books to Remember from 2005” by the New York Public Library; and Diary of A Wave Outside the Sea (New Directions, 2009) which won the 2010 Arab American Book Award. Her honors also include the UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing (2001) and Kresge Artist Fellowship (2013).

Department of English Language and Literature
Friday March 31, 2017 3:30 pm
Hagey Hall 1102

Reading by Tim Conley

The Reading Series at St. Jerome’s is pleased to announce a reading by Tim Conley.

Tim Conley’s recent books include Dance Moves of the Near Future (2015), the poetry collection One False Move (2012), Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity (edited with Jed Rasula, 2012), and Nothing Could be Further: Thirty Stories (2011). He lives in St. Catharines, ON, where he teaches English at Brock University.

Friday, March 10th, 4:30pm, SJ1 3027

 We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Undergrad Chapbook launch

launchposter-2-1The undergraduate students of English 210C: Genres of Creative Writing, taught by Dr. Sarah Tolmie, have produced a chapbook. On Thursday, January 19th you can join them for the launch, from 4-6pm in the Hagey Hall Hub. There will be food, drink, an open mic event, and chapbooks for purchase. For more information, see the poster above.

Special thanks to Karen Schindler of Baseline and Allograph Press.

Confessions of a Feminist Killjoy


Dr. Erin Wunker (English, Acadia University) is a feminist killjoy, and she thinks you should be one, too! She brings memoir, literary criticism, pop culture, theory, and feminist thinking together to introduce Sara Ahmed’s figure of the feminist killjoy as a lens through which to read the world.

Wunker’s brand new book Notes from a Feminist Killjoy (2016) has been named Quill and Quire Fall 2016 Non-Fiction Preview Selection and 49th Shelf Most Anticipated Fall 2016 Non-Fiction Preview Selection. She is Chair of Canadian Women in the Literary Arts and co-founder–with UWaterloo English’s own Dr. Aimée Morrison–of Hook & Eye: Fast Feminism, Slow Academe.

Thursday, November 3, 2:30 p.m. Room SJ1-3014, St. Jerome’s University at University of Waterloo. Free. Open to all.

Sponsored by the St. Jerome’s University HeForShe Committee in support of the UN Women Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality. St. Jerome’s is part of the University of Waterloo’s commitment to the United Nation’s HeForShe campaign:, and I am SJU’s Faculty Advocate for the HeForShe Impact 10x10x10 initiative (

Calling Fans of Speculative Fiction

Are you a fan of speculative fiction? Ever wondered what it is like inside the Boathouse in Victoria Park? On July 27th there will be an evening of readings by award-winning speculative fiction authors, and live music, at the Boathouse. Featured authors include the English department’s own Dr. Sarah Tolmie, reading from her new novella collection Two Travelers and English alumna Marcy Italiano (BA 1996; bio below).

Entrance is free; the Boathouse has very kindly made available space for local speculative fiction authors to display and sell their books.

A bit about the featured authors:

Suzanne Church’s award-winning fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Cicada, On Spec, and her 2014 collection Elements. Soul Larcenist, book one in the Dagger of Sacrados trilogy, is the fourth Hellmaw book published by The Ed Greenwood Group.

Alyx Dellamonica’s first novel, Indigo Springs, won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her fourth, A Daughter of No Nation, is the sequel of Lambda Award finalist Child of a Hidden Sea.

Marcy Italiano is a writer and musician from Waterloo. She is the author of Pain Machine, Spirits and Death in Niagara, and Katrina and the Frenchman: A Journal from the Street.

Kelly Robson’s stories have appeared in Clarkesworld,, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and in the anthologies New Canadian Noir, In the Shadow of the Towers, and License Expired. Her novella “Waters of Versailles” was nominated for a 2015 Nebula Award.

The Boathouse is at 57 Jubilee Drive, Victoria Park, Kitchener. The event begins at 8pm and there is no cover.