April 30, 2014
This week, derek beaulieu was named Calgary Poet Laureate for 2014–16. We featured beaulieu’s work in our guide to Poetic Visuality and Experimentation. In particular, check out the Reading Visual Poetry chapter for an in-depth close reading of his poem
this half is for the ceremony.
You can read more about beaulieu and his work as Calgary Poet Laureate on his blog.
March 12, 2014
Today the BC Book Prizes announced their 2014 shortlist. Jordan Abel’s poetry collection The Place of Scraps, which we wrote about in our
Indigenous Literatures in Canada guide, is among the finalists for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.
In the chapter
Visual Poetry and Indigenous-Settler Issues: Shane Rhodes and Jordan Abel,we read The Place of Scraps alongside the visual poetry of Shane Rhodes to consider how the poets engage with assumptions about Indigenous-settler relations in the past and present.
Also check out our guide to
Poetic Visuality and Experimentation for help reading visual poetry.
February 28, 2014
During his time as Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Fred Wah created a collection of resources for teachers and students of Canadian poetry. The collection features a series of videos on YouTube of poets reading their work, and accompanying PDFs that contain the poems, questions and prompts for classroom use.
Wah’s project serves as great accompaniment to the content we have on CanLit Guides—for example, our guide to
Poetic Visuality and Experimentation. We encourage you to check out our guide and apply what you’ve learned to the poems in Wah’s
Poetry Connection: Link Up with Canadian Poetry video series!
February 13, 2014
This week is First Nations Public Library Week in Ontario. The theme this year is “Celebrating Mother Earth.”
What better way to celebrate than to learn more about Indigenous literary history in Canada? Check out our guide to
Indigenous Literatures in Canada—it’s a great resource for students, instructors, and anyone who wants to learn more about the complicated relationship between colonialism, culture, and language.
February 5, 2014
Are you reading women authors in 2014?
Writer and artist Joanna Walsh’s Twitter hashtag #readwomen2014 has gone viral, encouraging readers worldwide to share their favourite women authors. CanLit Guides has lots of content to help contextualize debates around gender and literature, starting with our
Gender, Sexuality, and Canadian Literature guide. We also have plenty of literary case studies on work written by Canadian women authors:
- What We All Long For by Dionne Brand
- Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson
- Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald
- Ana Historic by Daphne Marlatt
- Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson
- Roughing It in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
As well, our
Poetic Visuality and Experimentation guide features poetry by Canadian women poets M. Travis Lane and Rita Wong.
Explore CanLit Guides for lots more content on Canadian women writers!