The United Nations Train Station Museum

Larissa Lai for Sharron Proulx-Turner May 29, 2016 playing with “why crow knows weendigo’s not all he’s cracked up to be” from What The Auntys Say down at the united nations train station museum with the old lady and her red hen where the mythic crow’s nest incubates fledglings of many varieties the canadian pan that troubles our valences state … [Read more…]

Justice Aesthetics: Paul Yee on A Superior Man

Paul Yee

For this piece, Larissa threw three terms at me: justice, aesthetics, and writerly insurgency. I liked the last term best because its synonyms are brave: dissent, insurrection, revolt, uprising. However, never having been tested there, I mostly discuss the other two terms. “Justice” was partly why I wrote A Superior Man (ASM), because the Chinese role in helping to build … [Read more…]

Breathing TIA House to Life

What is this TIA House anyway? Welcome to the Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing, online. No doubt many of you, my meat world and virtual friends, are wondering what wonders are transpiring here at the University of Calgary, the long time home of a vibrant, ever-shifting writing community that has been a hub over the years for so many … [Read more…]

GERRY SHIKATANI: Garden Collecting: a post vanguardist for today

You are invited to join The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing and the Creative Writing Research Group for a talk and reading by the renowned poet, artist and food writer Gerry Shikatani. Shikatani will read from recent work and talk about Lorca’s Granada, a retreat he directs in Spain. When: Friday, November 20, 2015, 2-4pm Where: Judith Sloman Reading … [Read more…]

Paper Hearts: A Round Table on Gender and Power in Contemporary Canadian Writing Community

Canadian writing community has recently been shaken by troubling narratives of power abuse across gender lines—narratives that actually have been accruing for some time, reverberating over the blogosphere and resonating through the lives and writing practices of many writing communities across the country. For the individuals involved, the repercussions have been deeply unsettling. As narratives rippled out into Canadian writing … [Read more…]