Every Day English–World Poetry Day

By Andrea MacPherson I often recommend poetry collections, and often get a look of bafflement in return.  Then, a meek, “I don’t really read poetry.”  I firmly believe everyone should read poetry, regardless of whether you have any interest in actually writing poetry.  And, I equally firmly believe that people only think they don’t like […]

Every Day English–World Rare Disease Day

  Student guest post by Jessica Milliken Unless you are deep in the savanna or at the Greater Vancouver zoo, zebras are hard to come by. But I bet you see a zebra more often than you realize. In the late 1940s, Dr. Theodore Woodward told his med students, “when you hear hoofbeats, think of […]

Every Day English–Freedom to Read Week

Nadeane Trowse contributes our next Every Day English blog post to commemorate Freedom to Read Week. Photo Credit: americanobiblioteca Flickr via Compfight cc When freedom to read is only the necessary start I was ten when I read a portion of a banned book. My great aunt (who valued ‘culture’), gave a mimeographed copy of […]

Literary Arts Week Shows Aspiring UFV Writers their Future

We kicked off Literary Arts Week in style with the arrival of our WIR, Jordan Abel, the launch of the latest issue of the Pacific Rim Review of Books, and a colloquium on the current state of Canada’s publishing industry. Jordan Abel got things started. After talking about how his Nisga’a identity informs his creative […]

Every Day English–World Day of Social Justice

Michelle LaFlamme contributes our next Every Day English blog post to commemorate World Day of Social Justice. Photo Credit: JFrazier_Photo Flickr via Compfight cc I teach Canadian literature and specialize in Aboriginal drama.  This means that I am necessarily engaged with postcolonial theory and numerous social justice issues that preoccupy many contemporary writers.  One thing […]

Every Day English–World Braille Day

  By Michelle Superle I learned about Braille from books, appropriately enough—from the Little House series, my childhood favourites. There I was, cozy on my couch, while back in 1800s Dakota poor Mary was going blind. Her family worried that wouldn’t be able to earn a living. To me, the greatest tragedy was that Mary […]

The When of English–Every Day English

For the past few months we’ve been asking a big question on the blog: “Where Can English Take You?” By this point you know the answer—EVERYWHERE! Now we’re wondering about the other “Big Five Ws” of English too, especially “When?” Photo Credit: yourbestdigs Flickr via Compfight cc Inspired by one of the coolest literary blogs […]

Where Can English Take You? Anywhere! To Authentic Christmas Markets

  Taylor Breckles, a UFV English and history student, is studying literature and language in Poland this year. UFV English professor Michelle LaFlamme helped facilitate Breckles’s exchange with the University of Silesia, a UFV partner university in Poland. Student guest post by Taylor Breckles Now that I have somewhat settled into life here, I’m starting […]