Statement from the TWUC Equity Task Force in Response to Niedzviecki editorial “Winning the Appropriation Prize”

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…]



Unpacking the Creative Writing Degree

Paris Locks Lai credit

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…]



The Littoral Contact Zone: Indigenous/Asian Relations from the Salish Sea to Treaty 7 Territories

SYMPOSIUM/A GATHERING The Littoral Contact Zone: Indigenous/Asian Relations from the Salish Sea to Treaty 7 Territories March 9-10, 2017 The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing, SS1059, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta CANADA T2N 1N4 Opening Welcome: Anita Eagle Bear Keynote: Lee Maracle Speakers: Roy Miki, Marcia Crosby, Sarah Ling, Szu Shen, Iyko Day, Rita Wong, … [Read more…]



Book Launch and 40 Year Retrospective and Reading with Poet Erín Moure

You are cordially invited to: Book Launch and 40 Year Retrospective and Reading with Poet Erín Moure Planetary Noise: Selected Poetry of Erín Moure (Wesleyan University Press) TUESDAY FEB 28TH 4:00-5:30 PM TIA HOUSE (Social Sciences, 1059) This event is FREE and Open to the Public. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. Organized by … [Read more…]



The Littoral Contact Zone: Indigenous/Asian Relations from the Salish Seas to Treaty 7 Territories

SYMPOSIUM/A GATHERING The Littoral Contact Zone: Indigenous/Asian Relations from the Salish Sea to Treaty 7 Territories March 9-10, 2017 The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing, SS1059, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta CANADA T2N 1N4 Opening Welcome: Anita Eagle Bear Keynote: Lee Maracle Speakers: Roy Miki, Marcia Crosby, Sarah Ling, Szu Shen, Iyko Day, Rita Wong, … [Read more…]



February 15, 2017: Paper Hearts II: Gender and Power in Turtle Island Literary/Canadian/US Literary Communities

Paper Hearts II: Gender and Power in Turtle Island Literary/Canadian/US Literary Communities Wednesday, February 15, 2017 The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing University of Calgary SS1059 2500 University Drive NW Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Treaty 7 Territory/CANADA A simple lunch will be served Open to students, faculty and the general public Free of charge RSVP if possible to TIAHouseYYC@gmail.com … [Read more…]



Upcoming Events for February and March 2017

February and March 2017 are going to be a busy time in the TIA House! Here’s a little preview of some of the events we have planned:   Feb 15th – Paper Hearts II: Gender and Power in Turtle Island Literary/Canadian/US Literary Communities With a critical panel running from 12 noon to 1.45pm, followed by literary readings from 2pm to 3pm, … [Read more…]



Nikki Reimer — Hold Your Fucking Communities Accountable

Hold Your Fucking Communities Accountable: Defining and creating safer spaces for women, trans, non-binary individuals, and people of colour in literary writing communities by Nikki Reimer Note on the text and content warning: This essay is adapted from two talks I gave in fall 2016 with the same title. The first talk was presented at the Canadian Creative Writers and … [Read more…]



Canadian Literature Forum at the MLA

Session 632: Respect, Responsibility, Coalition, Relation Saturday, 7 January, 5:15-6:30pm, 110B Pennsylvania Convention Centre Philedelphia, PA In the wake of Idle No More and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Indigenous and non-Indigenous activists, writers and scholars are called to self-reflexively articulate and act upon a politics or poetics of relation. What forms might such a politics or poetics take? How … [Read more…]



Taking Stock

It’s that time of year to look back, and I’ve been asked to name all the things that TIA House has done since it started for more official purposes. I thought that all you insurgents out there might also like to know. We’ve been busy!! Paper Hearts: A Valentine’s Day Roundtable on Gender and Power in Canadian Literary Community February … [Read more…]



Relational Innovations: Creative Writing as Social Practice

Relational Innovations: Creative Writing as Social Practice Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 Innovative writing and socially-oriented writing are often imagined as incompatible practices. This collaboratively organized one-day symposium at The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing at the University of Calgary queries how social questions can be taken up innovatively. Topics for discussion include: urban poetic practices, visibility and invisibility, representation, … [Read more…]



Jill Yonit Goldberg: Decolonize This: On Taking the English Out of English Departments

One of the great joys of organizing TIA House events is the opportunity to bring together other writers and thinkers on questions of justice and aesthetics. This piece, by the Vancouver-based writer, instructor and organizer, Jill Yonit Goldberg, was originally delivered as a contribution to the panel “Equity Now”, sponsored by CCWWP and TIA House at the recent Canadian Writers’ … [Read more…]