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2020 Poetry Contest

The Canadian Literature Centre, MacEwan University, and Athabasca University are teaming up to bring you the 2020 CLC Poetry Contest! We’re looking for the best poem in English or in French from a University of Alberta, MacEwan University, or Athabasca University student on the theme “Literary Ecologies.”

Entrants should submit their poem in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format, without any identifying information in the document, to clccomm@ualberta.ca by March 13, 2020. Please include name, email address, phone number, mailing address, departmental and university affiliation in the body of the email, and use the subject line: “Last Name: CLC Poetry Contest. “

Call for Papers

In October 2018, the CLC and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology held an international conference on “The Poetics and Ethics of ‘Living With’: Indigenous, Canadian, and Québécois Feminist Production Today”, which gathered over 30 speakers in Banff, Canada. For four intense days, we discussed different representations of “living with” as a radical form of encounter, engagement, and care. In this second iteration, “The Poetics and Ethics of ‘Learning With’: Indigenous, Canadian, and Québécois Feminist Production Today,” we seek to continue thinking together about these topics, while placing an emphasis on the notion of “learning with,” which we envision as a methodological, pedagogical, as well as aesthetic position with transformative ethical consequences.

Click here to read the Call for Papers.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne
Trondheim, Norway
August 24-25, 2020

2020 Research Seminar: Feminist Ecologies and Poetics in Canada and Quebec

With Natalie Loveless, Heather Milne, and Stephane Martelly.


The 2020 CLC Research Seminar brings together scholars to give online talks that address urgent issues relating to sustainability, ecology, feminism, and poetics. With this e-conference, we seek to respond differently and responsibly to the climate change crisis, as our own research at the Canadian Literature Centre is interested in anthropocenic, posthuman, and ecofeminist issues. The e-format also allows us to reduce our carbon footprint with a more sustainable model of academic dialogue, and we also plan to gather a live audience in Edmonton and moderate an engaging Q & A session to contribute to making this video-conference an even more engaging option for the community.


Tuesday, February 9, 2020 | 11:00 AM

Digital Scholarship Centre, 2-20 K Cameron Library

CLC Brown Bag Lunch with Marie-Celie Agnant

Join us on Thursday, February 27, 2020 for a CLC Brown Bag Lunch with celebrated novelist Marie-Célie Agnant.

Marie-Célie Agnant is a writer who has been living in Canada since 1970. She is a poet, novelist, and author of children’s book. Her work has been translated in Spanish, English, Dutch, Italian, and Korean. Her titles include The Book of EmmaSilence Like Blood (which was nominated for the 1998 Governor General’s Award), and La Dot de Sara.

Thursday, February 27, 202011:30 AM

Student Lounge, Old Arts Building

2020 Kreisel Lecture

Join us on Thursday, March 12, 2020 for the 2020 CLC Kreisel Lecture with renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer, musician and artist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, who will be delivering her original lecture titled  A Short History of the Blockade: Giant Beavers, Diplomacy & Regeneration in Nishnaabewin. The lecture will be recorded by CBC Radio One “Ideas,” and will be followed by a reception and book signing.


Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. Her work breaks open the intersections between politics,  story, and song, bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity.


Working for over a decade as an independent scholar using Nishnaabeg intellectual practices, Leanne has lectured and taught extensively at universities across Canada and has twenty years of experience with Indigenous land-based education. She holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba, and teaches at the Dechinta Centre for Research & Learning in Denendeh.  Her latest book, As We Have Always Done:  Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance  was published by the University of Minnesota Press in the fall of 2017, and was awarded Best Subsequent Book by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.


Leanne was named the inaugural RBC Charles Taylor Emerging writer by Thomas King in 2014 and in 2017/18 she was a finalist in the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Trillium Book Award. She has published extensive fiction and poetry in both book and magazine form. Her second book of short stories and poetry, This Accident of Being Lost is a follow-up to the acclaimed Islands of Decolonial Love in Spring 2017.


Leanne is Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg and a member of Alderville First Nation.


Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 7:30 PM

Timms Centre for the Arts, University of Alberta

Fall 2017 CLC Research Seminar

Join us on Friday, October 27, 2017 for the Fall 2017 CLC Research Seminar, Relational Poetics, Canadian Writings/Poétique du relationnel, Écrits du Canada. The seminar will begin at 8:30 AM and will take place in the Senate Chamber of the Old Arts Building. To view the program, click here: CLC_ResearchSeminarF17_Program (1)

The Research Seminar will be followed by the 2017 CLC Scholarly Lecture with Erin Wunker at 4:00 PM in the Student Lounge of the Old Arts Building.