derek beaulieu named Calgary Poet Laureate

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 […]

Jordan Abel’s The Place of Scraps shortlisted for 2014 BC Book Prize

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 […]

Fred Wah’s “Poetry Connection: Link Up with Canadian Poetry”

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 […]

First Nations Public Library Week: February 10–15, 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 […]

CanLit Guides and #readwomen2014

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 […]

Welcome back!

The January term is under way, and CanLit Guides has resources to help you navigate your lit courses this semester. Close reading is an important skill skill for academic reading, and we have chapters that will guide you through the process: Close Reading Prose: Introduces genres of prose and offers strategies for close analysis Close […]

CanLit Guides will help you through exam and term paper season

Exam and term paper season is here! CanLit Guides is a great resource for university and college students struggling to come up with a great essay topic or need help studying. Research: If you need help with research, our guides will help you understand the historical and cultural contexts around Canadian literature, and point you […]

New Guide: “Indigenous Literatures in Canada”

Our latest guide, Indigenous Literatures in Canada, includes case studies of The Rez Sisters by Tomson Highway, Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King, Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson, and a discussion of the visual poetry of Shane Rhodes and Jordan Abel.

New Guide: “Poetic Visuality and Experimentation: A Brief Guide to English-Canadian Poetry”

“Look! It’s a poem; it’s visual art; it’s a computer program; it’s … experimental poetry!” Poetic Visuality and Experimentation introduces some different types of experimental poetry and issues that they raise, as well as techniques for engaging with them critically, with a special emphasis on visual poetry.

New Guide: Gender and Performativity: Texts and Contexts”

Our second guide, Gender and Performativity: Texts and Contexts, has been published.