Archive | February, 2015

A Smorgasbord of Upcoming Writing Workshops and Events

  UFV’s writer-in-res coming atcha! This was a lovely week of strategizing over the events I’ll be leading in the next couple months and guest lectures. First off, the class visits… My visit to John Carroll’s Seminar in Creative Writing class (ENGL 405) was fantastic. Lively conversation, great questions, and inspired writers. My kind of […]

Greetings from the 2015 UFV Writer in Residence

  Hello UFV! This is Emily Pohl-Weary, your writer-in-residence. I’ll be blogging about once a week while I’m here. I thought I’d use my first post to write about how I abandoned Toronto very early in the morning, on the coldest day of the winter so far. It was snowing—the kind of flakes that are […]

All You Can Read Literary Buffet

  Some people are calling it Netflix for books. It’s Amazon’s new fee-based, unlimited subscription for e-books. Pay once a month; read as much as you want. Photo Credit: Jeremy Brooks via Compfight cc   Sound like crazy talk? Many critics are uncomfortable with the increasing commodification of literature, insisting that books are different from […]

The Ghost of the Ship Komagata Maru Still Haunts Canadian Waters

  Who cares about a Japanese ship that sailed a hundred years ago? We do, and we’re pretty sure you will too. The Komagata Maru arrived in Vancouver harbour on May 22nd, 1914 carrying 376 immigrants from India. The abusive treatment they endured while waiting to be granted entry to Canada—only to be denied and […]

Want to Land the Best Job in Canada?

  “An English degree? But what are you going to do with that?” It’s a question we’ve all heard too many times. Too many people think we sit around in our ivory towers pontificating over poetry. Okay, we do that sometimes—and we love it. But while we’re at it, we’re also becoming experts in textual […]