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Margaret Atwood introducing and reading “This is a Photograph of Me”

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The last Audio of the Week featured Roy Kiyooka introducing Phyllis Webb and explaining what the SGW (Sir George Williams) Poetry Series attempted to achieve through its programming of Canadian and American poets from 1966-1974. In this week’s audio clip, Atwood first explains the illness haunting her voice and then starts her reading with the ghostly poem, “This is a Photograph of Me,” also the first poem in The Circle Game (1966). Despite its matter-of-fact title, this poem presents not a clear picture but rather a blurred trace of a haunted voice: “The photograph was taken / the day after I drowned.” Before her rise to celebrity (evident when Atwood reads again at SWGU in 1974), here is Atwood in 1967, at the start of her career, telling the reader and listener that this photograph-as-poem is a representation of me. But who is speaking? Listen closely, and “eventually / you will be able to see me.”

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Podcast Project Manager / Producer Position — Aug 28, 2019

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The SpokenWeb Podcast Project Manager and Producer will support the planning for and production of ~10 podcasts, featuring the SoundBox Collection audio recordings aimed at increasing the profile of SpokenWeb UBCO, a member of the SSHRC-funded research-library-community partnership. This position will liaise and work collaboratively with the central SpokenWeb podcasting production team at Simon Fraser […]

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Roy Kiyooka introducing Phyllis Webb

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Between 1966 and 1974, faculty members of Sir George Williams University (SGWU, now Concordia University) in Montreal hosted a series of poetry readings that was conceived as an ongoing encounter between local poets and a diverse range of writers from across the United States and Canada. In one of the first recorded readings in this series (a reading featuring Canadian poets Phyllis Webb and Gwendolyn MacEwen held in November 1966), organizing committee member Roy Kiyooka explained the initial rationale of the series program. In this audio clip, Kiyooka explains the reading series as an attempt to sound the diversity of North American poetry in the mid 1960s.

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UBCO – Stories – Lee Hannigan

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The University of British Columbia Okanagan has an informative article highlighting the research and academic trajectory of Lee Hannigan up on the alumni Stories section of their website. Lee is a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta and a former graduate of Concordia University and UBCO. His research follows the literary and social history […]

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SpokenWeb brings literary archives to life at this year’s Blue Met Festival

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When recording to tape became accessible in the 1960s, artists began documenting literary performances and conversations. But most of these audio archives remain inaccessible or in danger of decay. Those that do end up being digitized are largely unreachable by a wide audience. SpokenWeb, a cross-university project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council […]

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