Roy Kiyooka introducing Phyllis Webb


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


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


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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Work Study: SpokenWeb Community Collections and Festival Outreach Coordinator — May 01, 2019


Job Title: Community Collections and Festival Outreach Coordinator Salary Level: $ 14.50 /hr Required Skills: Bilingualism Computer Skills Excel Word Other Customer Service Data Entry Research Other Skills: event management experience is preferred. Duties: Research and develop a list of Montreal literary, performance and art festivals interested to collaborate with the SpokenWeb project; coordinate collaborative SpokenWeb […]

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