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…]



Paper Hearts Video Now Online!: TIA House’s New YouTube Channel

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…]



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…]



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…]