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…]
Ken Belford was born in DeBolt, Alberta, and grew up in East Vancouver. As a young man, he worked on the log booms of the BC lower mainland, and as a lumber piler in the sawmill camps of the interior. In the 1960s he moved to Hazelton, BC, in traditional Gitxsan territory. For 35 years, as one of the first … [Read more…]
Thanks for asking me to write something on ethics, aesthetics, justice, form (the words tumble around getting drier and drier) for this blog. As you know, I’ve been out of the academic loop for awhile so such terms feel distant, part of another thinking (clinking) world from elsewhere.
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…]
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…]
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indigenous natural law: never give up.
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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…]
Niigaan Sinclair is an Anishinaabe writer, editor, and speaker by night while by day is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba teaching courses in Indigenous cultures and communities. In march, TIA House organised two events in Calgary, including a launch for The Winter We Danced, and a talk at the Taylor Family Digital LIbrary. … [Read more…]
Phinder Dulai is the Vancouver-based author of dream/arteries (forthcoming in Fall 2014 from Talonbooks) and two previous books of poetry. TIA House sponsored his visit to Calgary in March, 2015.[Read more...]
TIA House’s first event was “Paper Hearts: A Valentine’s Day Roundtable on Gender and Power in Canadian Literary Communities”. It was facilitated and hosted by Larissa Lai.[Read more...]