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Preview Recent Grad’s New Book

Dr. Emma Vossen successfully defended her PhD in English at UWaterloo in July; now you can preview her co-edited book, Feminism in Play, part of the Palgrave Games in Context Series. She also contributed a chapter, “The Magic Circle and Consent in Gaming Practices.” From the press:

Feminism in Play focuses on women as they are depicted in video games, as participants in games culture, and as contributors to the games industry. This volume showcases women’s resistance to the norms of games culture, as well as women’s play and creative practices both in and around the games industry. Contributors analyze the interconnections between games and the broader societal and structural issues impeding the successful inclusion of women in games and games culture. In offering this framework, this volume provides a platform to the silenced and marginalized, offering counter-narratives to the post-racial and post-gendered fantasies that so often obscure the violent context of production and consumption of games culture.


Congratulations to Katherine Tu

Congratulations to UWaterloo English student Katherine Tu. Katherine, who is enrolled in the MA program, has been awarded the DiMarco Graduate Scholarship in Computational Rhetoric. It is awarded annually to a graduate student registered full time in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science or the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo with a demonstrated area of interest in computational rhetoric.

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.

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.

Author Lee Maracle speaking at UWaterloo

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 4 PM – 5:30 PM, the Indigenous Speakers Series presents renowned author and teacher Lee Maracle, who will be joined by choreographer Bill Coleman for an integrated lecture/dance performance, in the Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages.

Lee Maracle is a member of the Sto:Lo Nation; grandmother of four and mother of four who was born in North Vancouver, BC. Her works include the novels, Ravensong, Bobbi Lee, and Sundogs; short story collection, Sojourner’s Truth; poetry collection, Bentbox; and non-fiction work I Am Woman. She was a Co-editor of My Home As I Remember and Telling It: Women and Language Across Cultures, editor of a number of poetry works, Gatherings journals and has been published in dozens of anthologies in Canada and the United States. An award-winning author and teacher, she is currently a mentor for Indigenous students at University of Toronto where she teaches Indigenous studies. Ms. Maracle acts as the Traditional Cultural Director for the Indigenous Theatre School and also functions as the schools part-time cultural instructor.

Bill Coleman is a choreographer and performer whose work has transcended traditional theatrical settings to include mountain tops, rainforests, prairies and urban construction sites. He has created a bold collection of large-scale, site-specific works, collaborating with diverse groups including WWII veterans, Aboriginal communities, fishing villages, ranching towns and urban neighbourhoods. He uses dance as a means to unite communities within their natural environment and past locations include Banff, Gros Morne and Grassland National Parks, the steppes of western Mongolia, Long Plain First Nation Pow Wow in Manitoba, the Great Bear Rainforest in BC and Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood.

The Indigenous Speakers Series is co-presented by the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, the Faculty of Arts, and the Department of Communication 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.

Lee Maracle illustration by Catherine Dallaire.

Congratulations Dr. Lacey Beer

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It’s been quite the week of defenses! We are pleased to offer congratulations to our newest PhD graduate, Dr. Lacey Beer. Today Dr. Beer defended her dissertation, “Tongues Tide: Translingual Directions for Technologically-Mediated Composing Platforms.


Her supervisor was Dr. Frankie Condon,· with committee members Drs. Jay Dolmage and Vershawn Young. Dr. Jerry Won Lee of the University of California, Irvine served as external examiner. Dr. Beer’s research was supported by a SSHRC award and a President’s Graduate Scholarship, and she has published in The New Quarterly.