December 29, 2017
The Canlit Year in Review: 2017 Can Suck It
I remember the moment when I realized that 2017 was going to irrevocably change Canlit. It was early in June, and I was sitting on a stage, speaking at a panel on diversity and the appropriation of voice. ...
December 18, 2017
An Interview with R. Kolewe
“There’s no doubt that there’s a politics of nostalgia.” - R. KoleweAfter reading R. Kolewe’s Inspecting Nostalgia, discovering that his previous life involved working in software made sense. ...
December 14, 2017
Dear UBC Accountable
Dear UBC Accountable,It’s been one year since you released your open letter to UBC, and Canada, and the world. I don’t want to wish you a happy birthday, because it’s not happy. Not for me, and ...
December 08, 2017
Books of the Year
The end of the year is predictably a time for reviewing, taking stock, and of course, lots and lots of best of lists. In the world of books, there are some pretty obvious picks—award winners, best sellers, ...
November 21, 2017
An Interview with Canisia Lubrin
“I think memory, or more specifically, history, plays a role in how we understand ourselves." - Canisia Lubrin. The encyclopedic poetry of Canisia Lubrin simultaneously works on intellectual and cerebral ...
November 03, 2017
Writers & Money - Part Three
This is next installment in a series of surveys that I posted in order to get an idea of how different writers manage to make ends meet. You can read the first response here: http://open-book.ca/News/Writers-and-Money and ...
October 30, 2017
An Interview With Phoebe Wang
“Like jarring a sore bone, you wince, and the poem gasps out of you...” - Phoebe Wang The geography of Phoebe Wang’s Admission Requirements feels like it’s always in a state of flux. The speaker ...
October 27, 2017
How My Version of the Canlit Community Sustains Me
Two months ago, one of my best friends was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. She is a mother. She is a prolific, brilliant writer. And she was my very first writer friend.We first met working ...
October 06, 2017
Special Feature: Dundurn Press
Words and Photos by Elyse Friedman. In 1972, Kirk Howard was a young man living in Sarnia and teaching Canadian studies. He noticed a dearth of homegrown books to use in his history and literature classes, ...
September 27, 2017
How I Learned to Write What Scares Me
Three years ago, I wrote a poem.Back then, a few very big things happened in my life. My marriage died. I found a new publisher. And, perhaps most importantly, I started teaching.For my entire publishing ...