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The CLC Warmly Thanks Marie Carrière for a Decade as Director

After more than 10 years at the helm of the CLC, Marie Carrière is concluding her term as director and moving into a new position as Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Arts, while continuing to serve on the CLC’s Executive Board. The Centre has flourished under Marie’s passionate and talented leadership. Her development of a diverse and engaging program of Brown Bag Lunch readings, research seminars, scholarly lectures, international conferences, and high-profile literary events has enriched our community immeasurably. She created the web-based research initiative “Inside the Bag,” as well as the Centre’s postdoctoral fellowship. She brought the Kreisel Lecture series to a wider Canadian and International audience through partnerships with the CBC Radio programme, Ideas, and the University of Alberta Press, while nurturing a vibrant local community of readers and writers both in and beyond the University here in Edmonton. These are just a few of Marie’s many contributions to the vibrant life of this Centre. Through all of her initiatives, Marie made the CLC a warm and hospitable bilingual space connecting the many creative and scholarly communities that animate Canada’s literary culture.   

Merci, Marie; bonne chance and best wishes in your next adventure!

Experience the 2020 Kreisel Lecture on CBC Radio Ideas

On March 12, 2020, renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson delivered the 2020 Kreisel Lecture. Her talk, entitled A Short History of the Blockade: Giant Beavers, Diplomacy & Regeneration in Nishnaabewin, is now available through CBC Radio “Ideas.”

Click HERE to listen!

2020 Poetry Contest/Concours de poésie 2020

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 [email protected] by March 13, 2021. 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. “

Le Centre de littérature canadienne de l’Université de l’Alberta (CLC), en collaboration avec l’Université MacEwan et l’Université Athabasca, vous invitent à participer à son Concours de poésie 2020. Nous sommes à la recherche du meilleure poème en français ou en anglais écrit par un étudiant ou une étudiante de l’une des trois institutions sur le thème “Écologies littéraires.”


Les participant.e.s doivent soumettre leur poème dans un seul fichier anonymisé de format .doc, .docx ou .pdf et l’envoyer à [email protected] au plus tard le vendredi 13 mars 2020. Veuillez inclure votre nom, courriel, numéro de téléphone, adresse postale et affiliation départementale ou universitaire dans votre courriel, puis utilisez la formule suivante dans le sujet du message : “VOTRE NOM DE FAMILLE: Concours de poésie du CLC”.

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 and Heather Milne


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 4, 2021 | 11:00 AM

Digital Scholarship Centre, 2-20 A Cameron Library

Midi littéraire avec Marie-Célie Agnant

Join us on Thursday, February 27, 2021 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, 2021 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.

“This lecture uses Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg stories, storytelling aesthetics and practices to explore the generative nature of Indigenous blockades through our relative, the beaver or in Nishnaabemowin, amik.  Moving through genres, shifting through time, amikwag stories become a lens for the life giving possibilities of dams and the world building possibilities of blockades, deepening our understanding of Indigenous resistance, as a negation and an affirmation.”

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, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Pay What You Can

Timms Centre for the Arts, University of Alberta