TIA House’s Equity Now Panel at the Writers’ Summit

Friday, June 17, 2016 10:00am-11:15am, Miss Lou’s Room, Harbourfront, Toronto Our present moment is one that inherits a long history of anti-racist/cultural diversity/cultural equity movements in Canadian/Turtle Island writing communities, movements that have spawned organizations and events across the space we sometimes called Canada. Some of these events and organizations include: the Aboriginal Writers’ Collective, Celebrating African Identity international arts … [Read more…]



TIA House Guide to the Canadian Writers’ Summit

TIA HOUSE GUIDE TO THE CANADIAN WRITERS’ SUMMIT Harbourfront Toronto June 15 – 19, 2016 Attempting to navigate the 68-page program for this year’s Writers’ Summit can be a challenge. TIA House has to make some hard choices about where to go and what to do. Here are the events we hope to catch, knowing that we can’t catch even … [Read more…]



The United Nations Train Station Museum

Larissa Lai for Sharron Proulx-Turner May 29, 2016 playing with “why crow knows weendigo’s not all he’s cracked up to be” from What The Auntys Say down at the united nations train station museum with the old lady and her red hen where the mythic crow’s nest incubates fledglings of many varieties the canadian pan that troubles our valences state … [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…]



Ken Belford: Slick Reckoning

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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…]



Fred Wah: River Hunger, Home to E(ar)th

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Dear Larissa,
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.



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Breathing TIA House to Life

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…]



GERRY SHIKATANI: Garden Collecting: a post vanguardist for today

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…]



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…]



Niigaan Sinclair

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

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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.



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Paper Hearts

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.



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