NEW PROGRAMS IN CREATIVE WRITING! Beginning this spring, University of Ottawa students can begin taking courses contributing to either a 30-credit MINOR in Creative Writing or a 15-credit OPTION in Creative writing. Each program starts with a compulsory course, ENG 2301: The Writing Process, after which students can start taking classes in specific genres like Poetry, Short Fiction, and Comic Book Writing. For more information, check out this link: https://arts.uottawa.ca/english/undergraduate/creative-writing
Congratulations to Chuqiao Yang, whose chapbook Reunions in the Year of the Sheep, is the 2018 winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award. Ms. Yang– who was also a 2015 finalist for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award and is featured in 30 under 30: an anthology of Canadian millennial poets (In/Words Press, 2017)– is a graduate of our ENG 3164 (Advanced Workshop in Poetry). The award, which recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry in English published in chapbook form, came with a prize of $4,000. The judges’ citation praised the “astonishing” voice of this collection of lyric poems, whose “language leaps effortlessly between Chinese culture, classical mythology, and personal history.”
Congratulations to Professor Seymour Mayne, winner of the 2018 Canadian Jewish Literary Award (category Yiddish), for his collection In Your Words: Translations from the Yiddish and the Hebrew (Ronald P. Frye & Co.). In the words of the prize committee, Professor Mayne “gives an English life” to the poems of Abraham Sutzkver, one of the great poets of the Holocaust, as well as “to the works of Yiddish poets Rachel Korn [and] Melech Ravitch,” “major figures in Montreal’s Yiddish literary and intellectual life.”
The English Department is excited to welcome award-winning Canadian novelist Sandra Birdsell as our 2019 Writer-in-Residence. Sandra Birdsell is a Member of the Order of Canada, and, among many other awards, has been short-listed for the Governor General Award on numerous occasions. She has been described by Kirkus Reviews as "A masterful storyteller, able to render quiet moments of beauty and grace." (See https://sandrabirdsell.com/)
She has drop-in office hours on Thursdays, 11–3 (February 14 to April 25, 2019); or, for an appointment, contact: email@example.com.
Amal El-Mohtar, a creative writing instructor in the Department of English, has been nominated for a Nebula Award for her short story “Seasons of Glass and Iron.” The awards will be presented in Pittsburgh during the Nebula Award Conference in May; more information here: http://nebulas.sfwa.org/
"Seasons of Glass and Iron," which originally appeared in The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales (edited by Navah Wolfe and our English department's own MA grad Dominik Parisien), was reprinted inUncanny magazine and is available to read online.
Congratulations to former PH.D. student and part-time lecturer at U. Ottawa, Tania Aguila-Way, who has recently been appointed as an Assistant Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. What a stunning achievement. Everyone associated with the department should be very proud of Tania's success.
The Department of English will host its tenth annual Grad Studies Conference from March 17-19, 2017.
Please submit proposals of 300-400 words along with a brief (150 words) bio and an academic CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 10th, 2017. We will notify applicants of our decisions by January 31st, 2017.
Professor Stacey’s ENG 4330: Sex and Death in Canadian Historical Fiction class will be hosting a mini-conference on historical novels by Leonard Cohen, Douglas Glover, John Steffler and Joseph Boyden. The event takes place Thursday, Feb. 16th from 8:45-11:30 in Thompson Hall, room 124. All are welcome.
On completing her Ph.D. her at U. Ottawa, Krista has been appointed as a lecturer in Medieval Literature at Leiden University in the Netherlands. We wish her the best of luck on starting her career. Check out her faculty webpage here.
Ruth has been awarded the Geraldine Grace and Maurice Alvin McWatters Visiting Fellowship at the Queen University Archives, which is designed to foster, promote, and support original archival research by scholars, authors, or artists in the collections located at Queen’s University Archives.
December 7th, 10:30-12:30, English Department Lobby
Students from Professor Stacey’s graduate seminar “Modern Poetry and the Visual” will be exhibiting and discussing examples of contemporary visual poetry from Canada and abroad. The event is open to everyone.
Congratulations to English Department writer-in-residence, Madeleine Thien, who has won the Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious literary award! You can read about Madeleine's achievements here and here.
Congratulatons to writer-in-residence Madeleine Thien on winning the Governor General's Award, in addition to being included on the shortlist for the Giller Prize. You can catch up on some of Madeleine's recent press here, here and here.
Claire has won the Diana Brebner prize, which is awarded by Arc Poetry Magazine for the best poem written by a National Capital Region poet, who has not yet been published in book form. Claire`s poem is published in the Summer 2016 issue of Arc. You can find more details here.
Three out of the five nominees for this year's bpNichol Chapbook Award were published by Cameron's chapbook press, Apt. 9 Press. This is a fantastic achievement, which confirms Apt. 9 Press as one of the best micro-presses in Canada. The winner will be announced on November 19th in Toronto.
Writer in residence Madeleine Thien will give a public reading from her work on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 4pm in Hamelin (formerly Arts) 509. In addition to the Man-Booker Prize, Madeleine's novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing has now been shortlisted for the Giller Prize as well. The reading is open to the public--students and members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Creative Writing Professor Amal El-Mohtar's short story "Pockets" is a finalist for the World Fantasy Award, to be presented at the World Fantasy Convention the last weekend of October. Amal's creative writing course "Fantastical Short Fiction" (ENG 3164B) will be offered in winter, 2017. See the uOttawa timetable or the English Department's course descriptions for information about enroling in this course.
Madeleine Thien, award-winning Canadian writer, will read from her work on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 4pm in Hamelin (formerly Arts) 509. Thien is the English department's writer-in-residence, and has recently been shortlisted for the Man-Booker Prize. The reading is open to the public--students and members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Madeleine Thien's novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Granta Books) has made it to the short list of the Man Booker Prize! Only six titles have made it to this point in the prestigious competition. Madeleine is serving as writer-in-residence for the Department of English in the fall semester, 2016.
Madeleine is happy to meet with students and to read student work (max. 12 double-spaced pages). Her schedule is posted on her office in MHN 323. She can be reached by email at email@example.com.
Madeleine will read from her work on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 4pm in MHN 509. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend the reading!
Following in the footsteps of Canada’s seminal experimental poetry performance group, The Four Horsemen, this ensemble will operate on the borders of spoken word, performance art, group improvisation and post-modern poetry. We are looking for intrepid, energetic and open-minded individuals who would like to participate in such a group. This call is open to all students, faculty, and staff of the Department of English.
The First meeting is at Wednesday Oct 5th, 6pm, in MHN 509. For more information contact Professor Robert Stacey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr has been awarded the Tremaine Fellowship by the Bibliographical Society of Canada for her continuing research on Canadian publishing history. Congratulations to Ruth for this wonderful accomplishment!
Congratulations to Adriana Wisniewska and Claudia Laugalys, students in Prof. Sean Moreland's ENG 2118: Comics and Graphic Novels, who were selected as finalists for the Ottawa Geek Market Arts Scholarship creative writing awards. Special congratulations to Adriana, who won the $1000 prize for the horror category.
Christa Zeller-Thomas Excellence in ENGLISH LITERATURE prize
Submit your essay!!
This new annual prize is for the best undergraduate essay on any aspect of literature or culture submitted for an English course. Essays submitted to courses in the Spring/Summer 2015, the Fall 2015 or the Winter 2016 terms are eligible.
Deadline: May 1, 2016
Procedure: Submit the graded paper plus one unrevised cleancopy to your professor or to the Chair of the Department of English (or the English Department Secretary at MHN 338).
Sean Moreland, "Caitlin R. Kiernan, Sadomodernism and Queer Time.”
About his presentation, Sean writes: “I will discuss the transformative intersection between queerness and the weird that occurs in the fictions of contemporary American writer Caitlin R. Kiernan, focusing especially on her explorations of the relationship between temporality and causality, along with narrative and subjectivity. While my emphasis will fall mainly on her award-winning 2012 novel The Drowning Girl, I shall not only link this work to her earlier novels, but also to her work in comics, including the series The Dreaming (a spin-off from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman which she scripted briefly in the late 1990s), and her ongoing series Alabaster.”
Ukrainian television network, Kontakt TV, has recently broadcast a program based upon Prof. Irene Mararyk's research into the theatre director, Les Kurbas, and Ukrainian Modernism. You can watch the program here.
The Department extends its heartiest congratulations to those graduate students who won SSHRC and OGS funding for 2015-2016. Our scholarship winners for this year include: Cameron Anstee, Marie Comisso, Marko Davidovic, Stefanie Duerr, Chris Jenkins, Breanna Keeler, Sandra MacPherson, Melanee Morin, Cory Sampson, and Katherine Walton. Many thanks to these students for maintaining the Graduate Program's standard of excellence in scholarship funding.
Congratulation to English MA student Lucy Ellis, who has been selected to give the Convocation Adress at this year's graduation ceremony. She'll be speaking at the National Arts Centre on June 14th at 2.30pm and 7.30 pm. If you can't make it in person, the ceremonies will be webcast by the Faculty of Arts. As Lucy herself says, "It's a little nerve wracking to be speaking in front of that many people, but it should be fun."
Professor Seymour Mayne reads from his latest book, Cusp: Word Sonnets, marking fifty years since his first collection was published in Montreal. Monday, November 17th, 8.30 pm at Cafe Nostalgica (601 Cumberland St). Free admission.
Congratulations to Rory Tanner for winning the Governor General’s Gold Medal, awarded annually to a PhD graduate in the humanities in recognition of outstanding academic achievement. Rory won the prize for his doctoral thesis, “Representing Parliament: Poets, MPs, and the Rhetoric of Public Reason, 1640-1660,” which he defended this past January with the supervision of Nick von Maltzahn.
A book written by our colleague Professor David Sacks was featured as the solution to Sunday 7th Spetember's New York Times acrostic crossword puzzle.
The book Letter Perfect, published by Random House, tells the "marvelous history of our alphabet from A to Z." Professor Sacks is also the author of The Encylopedia of the Ancient Greek World, and has written for many periodicals including the Ottawa Citizen and Montreal Gazette.
Congratulations to David for achieving New York Times puzzle-solution status, a level of public recognition seldom reached by academics.
Part-Time Professor, Sean Moreland, has helped to organize this year's Can Con, Ottawa’s Annual Literary Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Conference, which will be taking place downtown at the Sheraton on Albert.
Phil Hall won the 2011 Governor General’s Award for the Poetry in English, and the 2012 Trillium Award, for his book Killdeer. His most recent books The Small Nouns Crying Faith (2013), and Notes from Gethsemani (2014)
Prize-winning author Nancy Richler joins the Department of English as writer-in-residence for the Winter 2014 term. During this term, she is on campus Wednesdays and Thursdays, and available to consult with students on their own writing projects.