Join us at TIA House on September 13th for a reading by poet Doyali Islam!
Doyali Islam’s second poetry book isheft (McClelland & Stewart, 2019), which the poet considers to be a “ledger of tenderness, survival, and risk.” Poems from this collection have been published in Kenyon Review Online, The Fiddlehead, fillingStation, and Best Canadian Poetry, and have won several national contests and prizes. In 2019, Doyali was interviewed by Shelagh Rogers for CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter and by Anne Michaels for CV2, and was in conversation with Forrest Gander for Adroit Journal. In 2017, Doyali was interviewed by Michael Enright for The Sunday Edition and was a National Magazine Award finalist. The poetry editor of Arc, she lives in Toronto. www.doyali-islam.com
This TIA House symposium recognizes the imperfect knowledge transmission methods of the colonial system, and particularly the ways it has tended to fragment non-Western knowledges and privilege the textual over the oral. Using a combination of traditional and contemporary practices, this symposium seeks to at least scratch the surface of this problem. A small council of senior practitioners will be invited to sit in council in a range of ways over the course of three days: first with each other, then a public symposium, and then through a set of oral history interviews. These interviews will be recorded for podcast in order to extend the reach of the work and also preserve it for future generations. Topics to be addressed may include: what our communities need now; memory and forgetting; care of elders in racialized communities; stories of the past, present and future; stories in cyclical time; community formations we’ve experienced; community formations we remember; how we understand the work that needs to be done; practices and strategies.
Participants confirmed (as of June 28, 2019)
Lillian Allen, Smaro Kamboureli, Aruna Srivastava, Fred Wah, Lenore Keeshig, Chrystos, Chris Creighton-Kelly, France Trépanier, Richard Fung, and David Garneau
September 27, 2019: Evening Literary
September 28. 2019: Public Panels
September 29, 2019: Studio Interviews
The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing (TIA House) SS1059, 618 Campus Place, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
Organizers: Mikka Jacobsen, Rebecca Geleyn
and Larissa Lai
UPDATE: Arielle Twist was unable to make it for her scheduled talk, due to flight cancellations. We thought we might be able to reschedule for this afternoon (March 14th), but we’ve not been able to make it work. Sorry to disappoint! But you can still catch Arielle tonight at Shelf Life Books, 7pm. See you there! Please join us at … [Read more…]
Creole Métisse of French Canada, Me: A Symposium in Honour of Sharron Proulx-Turner Co-Chairs: Aruna Srivastava, Rain Prud’homme-Cranford and Larissa Lai Organizers: Mikka Jacobsen, Rebecca Geleyn and Larissa Lai … [Read more…]
Two exciting talks coming up at TIA House! Dina Al-Kassim, Monday, October 15, 1-3pm Baring It All? The Limits of Naked Protest The sovereign’s obscenity knows no bounds, but what understanding might we glean from his mirror image in postfeminist performance and resistance? Departing from Proudhon’s anti-feminist treatise on the dangers of expanded suffrage and representative democracy when granted to women, the … [Read more…]
This past week, Joshua Whitehead was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award in the Trans Poetry category. In a moving act of radical kinship, he decided to pull out. TIA House is proud to publish his letter to the award organizers.
Russell Smith: Writing Dialogue in Fiction March 2, 2018 1-3pm, TIA House Workshop: Writing dialogue in fiction. Russell Smith talks about how to make dialogue a driving force in the creation of character and action. Using examples from his favourite writers, he will delineate what makes dialogue both lifelike and compelling, sharing both useful technical tricks and common errors to avoid. … [Read more…]
Friday, February 16th 4PM – Talk & Reading An Illcolonial Cross-Continent Poem: Talk and Reading by Meredith Quartermain In 2015 and 2016, Quartermain rode VIA’s The Canadian from coast to coast, which led to her long poem Lullabies in the Real World. Here she adopts the dissonant voice of Odyssea, tangled in unheroic histories, alien literatures, and colonizer tongues, trying … [Read more…]
The Top Three Reasons Why I Don’t Want to Write About My Experience With Plagiarism By Peter Forestell In April of 2016, I discovered that a fellow PhD student in Creative Writing had taken a paragraph I shared in a workshop two years earlier, deleted some words, added enjambments, and published the resulting poem as his own work, without crediting … [Read more…]
Black Lives Out West: A Symposium Program: In light of recent discussions about the relationship between Black and Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island particularly with regards to the expropriation of land on the one hand, and the making-property of human beings on the other, this event recognizes the Western territories of Turtle Island as a zone of exclusion, a site … [Read more…]
You dig through your library and find Wacousta sitting in front of you, to its left, The Edible Woman, and to its right, In the Village of Viger; stacked atop these: Street of Riches, Bear, Life of Pi, Roughing It In The Bush, Wild Animals I Have Known. You open any of these books and see yourself, think, “here I … [Read more…]
We, the Equity Task Force of TWUC are writing in response to the editorial in the latest issue of WRITE. We are angry and appalled by the publication of “Winning the Appropriation Prize” by Hal Niedzviecki in the editorial column. In the context of working to recruit writers historically marginalized in the union, this essay contradicts and dismisses the racist … [Read more…]
The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing and The Creative Writing Research Group Present: Unpacking the Creative Writing Degree 11am Tuesday, April 11, 2017 TIA House SS1059 Department of English University of Calgary Presenters: Jane Chamberlin Peter Forestell Rod Moody-Corbett Jess Nicol Moderator: Larissa Lai The inclusion of creative writing as an academic discipline has allowed for a secondary area … [Read more…]
At the request of several panellists as well as our friends beyond The University of Calgary, TIA House recorded the Paper Hearts: Gender and Power in Turtle Island Literary Communities event, which took place on February 15, 2017. Please note that the opening prayer, because sacred, was not recorded. … [Read more…]