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.
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.
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!
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.
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 email@example.com
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
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.
The 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.