Author Spotlights

Reading, Writing, Listening: Author Spotlight – Kristina Getz

January 21, 2021

Kristina Getz is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at York University. Her dissertation, “Portraits of the Artist as Mother: Feminist Reconfigurations of the Maternal in Modern and Contemporary Canadian Literature,” employs feminist and maternal theory in order to explore the intersection of motherhood and creativity.

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“Alice Munro’s ‘Providence’ Second-Wave Feminism, and the (Im)possibilities of Reconciling Motherhood and Liberation”

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Amidst the theoretical and discursive landscape of 1970s liberationist feminism, Alice Munro published her 1978 short-story cycle, Who Do You Think You Are? The seventh story in the collection, “Providence,” remains one of the earliest examples of Canadian prose which explicitly explores the conflicts inherent to women’s experiences of feminist liberation and motherhood, and is among Munro’s least critically explored stories. “Providence” captures the tenuous and exquisite experience of single-mothering a young child, its difficulties and sacrifices, and the equally painful and (still) unspeakable choice to leave one’s maternal role behind. Munro’s central protagonist ultimately chooses feminist liberation over motherhood, unable to reconcile her desire for personal autonomy and freedom from the patriarchal family with her daughter’s need to be mothered.

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Reading, Writing, Listening: Author Spotlight – Joanne Epp

January 14, 2021

Photo by Anthony Mark Schellenberg

Joanne Epp’s poetry has appeared in The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Juniper, and other journals, and her collaborative translations with Sally Ito and Sarah Klassen have appeared in The Polyglot. Her first full-length poetry collection, Eigenheim, was published by Turnstone Press in 2015; her second, Cattail Skyline, is forthcoming in 2021. She lives in Winnipeg.

Her poem “Affirmation” can be read on our website at http://canlit.ca/article/affirmation/.

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Reading, Writing, Listening: Author Spotlight – Bronwyn Malloy

January 7, 2021

Bronwyn Malloy is a PhD Candidate at the University of British Columbia. Her research centres on contemporary song lyrics and poetry.

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“’Tuned every ear towards a tiny lengthening of light’: Listening for Weak Hope in John K. Samson’s Winter Wheat

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This article posits weak hope, which I characterize as a combination of resignation, optimism, and generative delusion, as a productive framework through which to listen to Winnipeg singer-songwriter John K. Samson’s 2016 album Winter Wheat. In turn, I suggest that engaging closely with Samson’s lyrics offers up a kind of weak, tenuous hope for the listener—though we may not know exactly “what survival means” (“Confessions of a Futon Revolutionist”), we can—in fact, we must—“recommit [ourselves] to the healing of the world” and “pursue a practice that will strengthen [our] heart[s] (“Postdoc Blues”). For the attentive listener, the very act of engaging with the weak hope audible in and enacted by Samson’s lyrics can form part of a practice that “strengthen[s our] heart[s],” by listening closely and imaginatively to the radical, unflinching empathy that Samson models in his precise, demanding song lyrics.

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Reading, Writing, Listening: Author Spotlight – Tom Wayman

December 31, 2020

Photo by Jude Dillon

Tom Wayman’s newest poetry collection is Watching a Man Break a Dog’s Back: Poems for a Dark Time (Harbour, 2020). His essay collection, If You’re Not Free at Work, Where Are You Free: Literature and Social Change (Guernica), was a finalist for the Poetry Foundation’s 2019 Pegasus Award, selected as one of the five best books of poetry criticism published in the US in 2018. He lives in the Selkirk Mountains of southeastern B.C.

His poem “In a Bleak Time” can be read on our website at http://canlit.ca/article/in-a-bleak-time/.

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Reading, Writing, Listening: Author Spotlight – Emilie Sarah Caravecchia

December 24, 2020

Emilie Sarah Caravecchia, occupante de Tiohtià:ke (Montréal), est professeure de littérature française au Collège Montmorency et est coordonnatrice du programme de Littérature. Après, quelque quinze années d’enseignement, elle est retournée à l’Université de Montréal, au Département de littératures et de langues du monde, où elle a amorcé ses recherches sur les littératures autochtones produites dans le contexte francophone du Québec.

Elle a publié dans Libérer la colère (2018) et Post-Scriptum (2019). Elle a également remporté la Bourse d’excellence en Études Autochtones du Festival Métropolis Bleu pour son essai Que veut dire une société juste? (2020).

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“Se redéfinir dans la langue colonisatrice. Nouvelles voix autochtones francophones : Chroniques de Kitchike de Picar-Sioui et Bréviaire du matricule 082 de Cousineau-Mollen

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L’écriture littéraire dans la langue colonisatrice est un choix conscient pour l’auteur.trice autochtone. Dans Chroniques de Kitchike de Louis-Karl Picard-Sioui (Wendat) et de Bréviaire du matricule 082 de Maya Cousineau-Mollen (Innu), ces deux nouvelles voix littéraires illustrent la dépossession identitaire des leur. Chez P.-Sioui, la réappropriation passe par l’humour et les jeux sémantiques. Dans ses nouvelles, il illustre les travestissements identitaires en jouant sur les vocables et en soulignant le caractère fictif de la connaissance des langues ancestrales. Pour C.-Mollen, la réappropriation de la narration identitaire s’exprime plutôt par le sarcasme et la colère. Si, la poétesse joue sur la langue coloniale législative ayant réduit l’identité « indienne » à des chiffres, elle y répond par la résurgence de l’Innu-aïmun. Cela dit, sa réappropriation est également celle de sa condition de femme autochtone revendiquant sa sexualité libérée des fictions coloniales de la princesse ou de la « squaw ».

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Reading, Writing, Listening : Author Spotlight – Jade Wallace

December 17, 2020

Jade Wallace’s poetry and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming internationally, including in Grain Magazine, PRISM International, and The South Carolina Review. They are an organizing member of Draft Reading Series, the reviews editor for CAROUSEL, and one half of the collaborative writing entity MA|DE, whose sophomore collaborative chapbook, ZZOO, is forthcoming with Collusion Books in October 2020. <jadewallace.ca>

Their poem “Grip” can be read on our website at bit.ly/241WallaceP.

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Reading, Writing, Listening : Author Spotlight – Sam Weselowski

December 10, 2020

Sam Weselowski is a PhD Candidate in English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, working at the intersections of scale, poetics, and environmental humanities. His critical writing has appeared in Litterae Mentis: A Journal of Literary Studies. His poetry has appeared in Hotel and Canadian Literature. His chapbook I LOVE MY JOB was published by If a Leaf Falls Press in 2019.

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“Jeff Derksen’s Citational Poetics”

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This paper investigates Jeff Derksen’s citational poetics in The Vestiges, and how this text’s creative practice critically examines the processes of neoliberalization in the present. With citational poetics, I see Derksen’s writing copy and comment on multiple textual forms in order to depict the poem’s role in social observation alongside its ability mobilize and array these textual forms against structures that far exceed the structure of the poem itself. The Vestiges in turn displays how the disparate materials of the long neoliberal moment and the traces of its manifold processes — from critical theory and chart topping hits to overthrown governments — can be brought to bear on the present, and specifically how mobilizing these different kinds of textual and historical matter locate citational poetics within a wider project of anti-capitalist research.

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Reading, Writing, Listening : Author Spotlight – Frank Klaassen

December 3, 2020

Frank Klaassen teaches History at the University of Saskatchewan. His poetry has appeared in various literary journals including Stand, Oxford Poetry, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, and The Dalhousie Review. His other publications include The Transformations of Magic and Making Magic in Elizabethan England.

His poem “The business of the grass” can be read on our website at http://canlit.ca/article/the-business-of-the-grass/.

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Reading, Writing, Listening: Author Spotlight – Helena van Praet

November 26, 2020

Helena Van Praet is a PhD candidate and assistant in Dutch Literature at Université Catholique de Louvain. She studied English and Dutch Literature and Linguistics at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and University College London (UCL), and is the 2018 laureate of the BAAHE Thesis Award for her MA dissertation on Canadian author Anne Carson. Her research focuses on contemporary experimental poetry.

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“Writer’s Writer Revisits Authorship: Iteration in Anne Carson’s Decreation

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This essay explores how Anne Carson’s Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera (2005) engages with the notion of authorship by reappropriating critical voices and rewriting central ideas. It accordingly takes Carson’s alleged name-dropping as a starting point to argue that Decreation is a project of re-engagement that is underpinned by synthetic disjunctions of competing viewpoints. To this end, Carson relies on the principle of intratextuality, which instils a blurring of the speaker’s identity in the reader, while her use of echoes ingrains the notion of decreation in the reader’s mind. Since both aesthetic strategies hinge on the principles of creative reproduction and recognition, they are capable of evoking a sense of iteration. In this way, Carson’s collection instigates a critical re-evaluation of the notion of agency in literary production while still providing the reader with an—albeit paradoxical—centre of conceptual gravity, which is therefore better conceptualized as a network of relations.

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Verse Forward: Poetry on the Frontlines: Author Spotlight—Jillian Christmas

November 24, 2020

Jillian Christmas is a queer, afro-Caribbean writer living on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam people (Vancouver, BC). She has won numerous poetry titles, notably breaking ground as the first Canadian to perform on the final stage of the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Jillian has presented poetry and theory in a multitude of venues. She is the author of The Gospel of Breaking (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020).

Come hear Jillian Christmas speak on November 25, 2020 at 7:00p.m. (PST) at the inaugural event of Canadian Literature’s new reading series, “Verse Forward: Poetry on the Front Line.” Register here bit.ly/VerseFwd!