Doyali Islam Reads at TIA House, September 13th, 12pm-1pm

Join us at TIA House on September 13th for a reading by poet Doyali Islam! Doyali Islam’s second poetry book is heft (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 … [Read more…]

Wisdom Council, September 27-29, 2019

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 … [Read more…]

An Afternoon with Arielle Twist: March 13, 2019

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…]

Dina Al-Kassim & Erin Soros: October 15th & 16th

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…]

Russell Smith: Writing Dialogue in Fiction

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…]

Peter and Meredith Quartermain: February 16-17

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…]

Peter Forestell: The Top Three Reasons Why I Don’t Want to Write About My Experience With Plagiarism

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: November 24-25, 2017

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…]

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…]