Category Archives: Readings

Dr. Tolmie & The Art of Dying

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The Reading Series at St Jerome’s has an exciting bonus extra reading this term!

Dr. Sarah Tolmie of UWaterloo’s English Department will be reading for us, to celebrate the release of her new book, The Art of Dying.

Please join us Friday 23 March at 4:30 in SJ1 3027.

The reading is free and all are welcome. Please spread the word!

Sarah Tolmie is the author of the speculative fictions Two Travelers, NoFood and The Stone Boatmen, all published by Aqueduct Press to starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. Her first volume of poetry, Trio, was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award in 2016. Her second book of poems, The Art of Dying, has just been released by MQUP in 2018. A lifelong Le Guin fan, her elegy Ursula in The Underworld will appear in the forthcoming issue of On Spec. She teaches British literature and creative writing at UW as an Associate Professor.

Please visit us at http://canlitkicksass.blogspot.ca

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Poetry and Complexity Event

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What do the following three people have in common?

Madhur Anand, Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation (WICI) Director, theoretical ecologist, and poet

Roald Hoffman, Nobel Prize-winning theoretical chemist and poet

Rae Armantrout, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Guggenheim Fellow

They are all participating in the event Poetry & Complexity, Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the University of Waterloo Davis Centre, Room 1301, from 4pm-5pm, with a cocktail reception to follow from 5pm-6pm (complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar). The event will be moderated by English’s Dr. Sarah Tolmie.

Please RSVP to: n3hakim@uwaterloo.ca

Bakelite & the end of the world: A Reading


Friday, February 2nd: why not venture over to St. Jerome’s (SJ1 3027) for a reading by fiction writer, poet, and dramatist Kate Cayley at 4:30pm? Her first collection of short fiction, How You Were Born, won the Trillium Book Award and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Her first collection of poetry, When This World Comes to an End, was shortlisted for the ReLit Award. Her second collection of poetry, Other Houses, was recently published by Brick Books. She was a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre from 2009-2017, and wrote two plays for Tarragon, After Akhmatova and The Bakelite Masterpiece, which had its American premiere in 2016 and will be produced again at the New Repertory Theater in Boston this spring. She is currently working on This Is Nowhere, commissioned by Zuppa Theatre, and her first novel.

The opening act will be Tina Blair Fang. The readings are free and all are welcome. Please spread the word!

Not pulling punches: Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm

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Maybe you’ve managed to remain unaware of the scandals plaguing Canadian Literature over the last year. We should be grateful that, in the midst of all the chaos, there are people who have made sense of it for the uninitiated, mounting sharp and insightful critiques. This includes Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, author of the Globe and Mail essay “The cultural appropriation debate is over. It’s time for action.” Akiwenzie-Damm is an Anishinaabe writer, poet, editor, and the founder and managing editor of Kegedonce Press, an Indigenous publisher based in the territory of her people, the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation, Saugeen Ojibway Nation in southwestern Ontario. And she will be speaking at UWaterloo on Thursday, January 18th, 4pm-5:30 in the Modern Languages Theatre of the Arts, as part of the Indigenous Speakers Series.

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Akiwenzie-Damm’s recent book, The Stone Collection, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was a finalist for a Sarton Literary Award. As the publisher writes: “Through unforgettable characters, these stories—about love and lust, suicide and survival, illness and wholeness—illuminate the strange workings of the human heart.” Eden Robinson concurs: “Generous, funny and dark, The Stone Collection doesn’t pull its emotional punches but it leavens its grim truths with bright humour and earthy lust. Akiwenzie-Damm’s writing shape-shifts and mesmerizes in short stories that tell us no matter how hard the journey, love can heal us all.”

The Indigenous Speakers Series is co-sponsored by the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre and the Faculty of Arts. The series highlights the voices of Indigenous artists, writers, activists, and leaders from across Turtle Island, offering UWaterloo students, faculty and staff opportunities to learn from, understand, and engage with Indigenous issues.

Image: from a CBC interview with author–well worth reading here.

Today: flip a coin–and follow CBC’s advice

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Colloquium or reading? Colloquium or reading? Colloquium or reading? Or… both?! CBC has strong feelings about how you should spend today at Waterloo!

Late morning, you could attend with the second CTE Teaching Colloquium featuring English and Philosophy grad students, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in HH 373. You are welcome to bring your lunch, in case you get hungry listening to:

  • Maša Torbica, “The Classroom as Territory: (Re)Negotiating a Decolonizing Pedagogical Praxis”
  • Teresa Branch-Smith, “Creating Inclusive Classrooms amidst Discriminatory Content”
  • Meghan Riley, “Women’s and Gender Studies Across the Curriculum”

Abstracts for the presentations can be found on Colloquium’s events page.

Later in the day, there’s a reading by Mariam Pirbhai on Friday 12 January at 4:30pm in SJ1 3027 (St Jerome’s at the University of Waterloo). Mariam Pirbhai is the author of a debut short story collection titled Outside People and Other Stories (Inanna 2017), praised by award-winning novelist Shani Mootoo for its “clear-eyed compassion, generosity and literary brilliance.” And it was just ranked #6 in CBC’s Top 95 Must Read recommended books of 2017!

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 uwenglishsoc@gmail.com