Thursday, 25 September 2014

Resurgence ~ 2 October 2014

SFU Department of English &
Department of First Nations Studies are proud to present:


Resurgence: New Directions in Indigenous Literary Studies
in the 21st Century

A roundtable discussion, book launch and reception

Celebrating the recent publication of:

Anahareo, Devil in Deerskins: My Life with Grey Owl. Ed. Sophie McCall.
Winnipeg: U Manitoba P, 2014.

James H. Cox and Daniel Heath Justice, eds. The Oxford Handbook of
Indigenous American Literature
. Toronto: Oxford UP, 2014.

Neal McLeod, ed. Indigenous Poetics in Canada. Waterloo ON: Wilfrid Laurier
UP, 2014.

Books For Sale! Cash Only Please

Date: October 2, 2014

Time: 5:30 – 9:30 pm:

5:30 – 7:00 pm: Roundtable discussion
7:00 – 8:00pm: Reception
8:00 – 9:30pm: Book Launch

Place: Room 1900, Harbour Centre Campus, SFU
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Light refreshments will be served

Free and open to the public

This event will bring together leading writers and scholars whose recent publications are charting new critical directions while drawing upon complex and varied historical contexts.

Each of the publications represents notable "firsts." 

Neal McLeod¹s edited collection of essays, Indigenous Poetics in Canada (Wilfrid Laurier UP 2014), is the first book in WLUP’s Indigenous Studies series, broadening the way in which Indigenous poetry is examined, studied, and discussed in Canada. 

James H. Cox and Daniel Heath Justice’s reader, The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature (Oxford UP, 2014), is the first comprehensive study to fully take into account the last fifteen years of critical dialogues in the field, emphasizing resurgence and recovery. 

The new critical edition of Anahareo’s memoir, Devil in Deerskins: My Life with Grey Owl, originally published 1972, is the first in the series, First Voices, First Texts (U Manitoba P 2014), reintroducing readers to a very important but largely forgotten memoir by one of Canada’s most talented Aboriginal writers.

The event aims to create a lively discussion and dialogue in a roundtable format that critically engages with the vibrant field of Indigenous literary studies. Each of the invited speakers will talk about their respective book projects, focusing on questions of resurgence in Indigenous literary studies in the 21st century, before opening up the floor to questions and comments.

Following the roundtable, there will be a book launch with authors and contributors present.

Invited Participants:
Joanne Arnott is a Métis poet and author of 10 books of poetry and children’s literature. Her most recent publication is Halfling Spring (Kegedonce Press, 2014). She is a contributor to Indigenous Poetics.

Sarah Henzi is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the First Nations Studies Program (UBC) and a Sessional Instructor in the Department of First Nations Studies (SFU). Her research focuses on Indigenous literatures and New Media, pop culture and alternative genres. She is a contributor to The Oxford Handbook.

Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee) is Canada Research Chair of Indigenous Literatures and Expressive Culture and Associate Professor of First Nations Studies and English at the University of British Columbia. He is the co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature.

Neal McLeod (Cree) has two books of poetry: Songs to Kill a Wîhtikow (2005) and Gabriel’s Beach (2008). Cree Narrative Memory (2007) was nominated for book of the year at the Anskohk McNally Aboriginal Literature Awards. He teaches Indigenous studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. He is the editor of Indigenous Poetics.

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter's/Little Peguis) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is the co-editor of the award-winningManitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (Highwater Press, 2011) and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013). He is a contributor to Indigenous Poetics.

Katherine Swartile (Mohawk) is the daughter of Anahareo. She wrote the preface to the new edition of Devil in Deerskins.

Many Thanks to:English Department (SFU), First Nations Studies Department (SFU), Office for
Aboriginal Peoples (SFU), First Nations Studies Program (UBC), U Manitoba P, Oxford UP, and Wilfrid Laurier UP.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Ontario Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts: Lee Maracle & Cherie Dimaline

Lee Maracle reading at NEC Lunchtime (Jason Brawn photo)

Cherie Dimaline reading at NEC Lunchtime (Jason Brawn photo)

Lee Maracle, Cherie Dimaline win Ontario Premier’s Awards

Aboriginal talent was honoured at the eighth annual Ontario Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, which were handed out last night at a gala ceremony held at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall.
Poet, author, and playwright Lee Maracle, who is a member of the Stó:lō Nation, received the Individual Artist award, which comes with a $35,000 purse.
Cherie Dimaline, the Ojibway-Métis author of Red Rooms and The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy (both Theytus Books), was presented with the Emerging Artist of the Year award and a $15,000 cheque.
Both women have ties to First Nations House at the University of Toronto, where Maracle is a traditional teacher and Dimaline is writer-in-residence and editor of FHN Magazine.
Quill & Quire (source)
pictures source from the NEC Lunchtime readings, NIWC
Congrats to Lee & Cherie!

WORD Vancouver 2014

Many fine writers and publishers of all kinds coming together on the 28th of September: VPL Downtown & Homer Street between Georgia & Robson, Vancouver.

A few of the many offerings:

Poetry on the Bus

11:00 am The World Poetry Reading Series presents A Taste of China
Hosts Elaine Woo, Yilin Wang. Featured poets Laifong Leung, Synn Kune Loh. The World Poetry Woven Word Tapestry multilingual segments introduced by Tommy Tao and presented by Ariadne Sawyer (English), Anita Aguirre Nieveras (Tagalog), Jaz Gill (Punjabi), and Bong Ja Ahn (Korean).

11:30 am Elaine Woo
Cycling with the Dragon (Nightwood Editions $18.95)

12:30 pm Nilofar Shidmehr
Between Lives (Oolichan Books $17.95)

12:45 pm Catherine Owen
Designated Mourner (ECW Press $18.95)

1:00 pm Phinder Dulai
dream/arteries (Talonbooks $16.95)

2:00 pm Janet Rogers
Peace in Duress (Talonbooks $16.95)

Magazine Words

11:40 am Connor Doyle and Juliane Okot Bitek
Presented by subTerrain. Hosted by Peter Babiak.

1:00 pm EVENT Magazine with Joanne Arnott and Russell Thornton
Presented by Douglas College. Hosted by Shashi Bhat.

Words on Chapbooks

4:00 pm Chat About Chapbooks
With Leah Horlick, Warren Dean Fulton, Kevin Spenst, and Jennifer Zilm. Moderated by Heidi Greco.

Word Talks

3:15 pm The Importance of Diversity in the Publishing Industry
With Jordan Abel, Anna Ling Kaye, Raymond Nakamura, Jane Eaton Hamilton, and Sirish Rao. Moderated by Andrea Routley.

4:15 pm Creating Outside the Box
With Barbara Adler, Rick “Big Love” Kumar, Calvin “Kalvonix” Tiu, Sebastien Wen, and Andrew Warner. Moderated by R.C. Weslowski.

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

#BNPA2014 ~ Congratulations to Tom Jalio & all of the short-listed Poets

The Ambassador of Sudan to Uganda announces Tom Jalio as the winner of . Yay!!!

": Tom Jalio! Tom Jalio! Winner of . Kenya. East Africa."

Tom Jalio reads "There Was Once Something Special Here"

Meet the finalists on 
Storymoja Festival website
& on 
BNPA website

more on this blog:


  1. ": Lydia from Tanzania was shortlisted for her poem "Things We Lost In Our Vaginas" "
  2. ": Tom Jalio! Tom Jalio! Winner of . Kenya. East Africa."
  3. ": The Ambassador of Sudan to Uganda announces Tom Jalio as the winner of . Yay!!!"
  4. ": The Ambassador of Sudan to Uganda announces Tom Jalio as the winner of . Yay!!!"
  5. ": Tom Jalio! Tom Jalio! Winner of . Kenya. East Africa."
  6. ": The Ambassador of Sudan to Uganda announces Tom Jalio as the winner of . Yay!!!"
  7. The Ambassador of Sudan to Uganda announces Tom Jalio as the winner of . Yay!!!
  8. Tom Jalio! Tom Jalio! Winner of . Kenya. East Africa.
  9. "I want to be Kiprotich... To put a smile on 40 years." - poem in progress by Dr Susan Kiguli
  10. Patrick Mangeni. Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts.
  11. Roshan is killing with her comment on written poetry making spoken form obsolete.
  12. Roshan: If I touch 1000 hearts that's ok but my art is a talent that should be paid for, that should be rewarded.
  13. Kagayi: on misinterpreting poetry "I am responsible for what I say and not what you understand".
  14. Kagayi: Both written and spoken have the capability of being good and bad. Quality does not depend on form.
  15. Saba: how would you like to be remembered? As that rich poet or as the poet that left a mark?
  16. Roshan: When a poet recites his poem, we experience it as he does. When I read it for myself, I get interpretations for myself.
  17. Mangeni: the fact that a recital can raise Shs700k does not make the written form less important.
  18. Mangeni: when it comes to money, we have to remember that not all that counts can be counted & not all that can be counted counts.
  19. Roshan: Melissa has immortalised herself through her book but a recital is fleeting.
  20. Kagayi: It's not true that Ugandans don't like to read, they just don't like to read our [Ugandan] stuff.
  21. Kagayi: the older generation of Poets are becoming obsolete but that does not mean they are irrelevant.