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…]

Relational Innovations: Creative Writing as Social Practice

Relational Innovations: Creative Writing as Social Practice Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 Innovative writing and socially-oriented writing are often imagined as incompatible practices. This collaboratively organized one-day symposium at The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing at the University of Calgary queries how social questions can be taken up innovatively. Topics for discussion include: urban poetic practices, visibility and invisibility, representation, … [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…]

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

fred wah

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…]