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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]