Events

The UNB Reading Series Presents Meags Fitzgerald

Meags FitzgeraldMarch 29, 2017 — Meags Fitzgerald will be reading this Wednesday, March 29th at 8pm in the lounge at the Alumni Memorial Building on the UNB Fredericton campus. 

Meags Fitzgerald is a Montreal-based artist and an award-winning illustrator, graphic novelist and stop-motion animator. She is the author of the queer coming-of-age memoir Long Red Hair and of the history and travelogue, Photobooth: A Biography, for which she won the 2015 Doug Wright Spotlight Award and was nominated for the 2015 Joe Shuster Best Cartoonist Award.

Fitzgerald’s short comics have appeared in the Secret Loves of Geek Girls anthology, in Taddle Creek Magazine, The New Quarterly, Geist, Carte Blanche, and The National Post.

This event is presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, the UNB Department of English, the UNB Bookstore, and The Fiddlehead.

The event is free to the public and all are welcome to attend.


The UNB Reading Series Presents Eden Robinson

Eden Robinson ReadingMarch 14, 2017 — Eden Robinson, a past Writer-in-Residence at the University of New Brunswick, will be reading from her newest work of fiction Son of a Trickster on Tuesday, March 14th at 8pm in the lounge at the Alumni Memorial Building on the UNB campus. The event is free to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Son of a Trickster (2017) focuses on a drug-dealing high school burnout named Jared. Jared doesn’t understand why his maternal grandmother dislikes him and calls him the son of a trickster — though he can talk to ravens, even when he’s not stoned. 

As a Native Canadian writer, Robinson’s works describe Native traditions and modern realities for indigenous peoples with beautiful, no-holds-barred language, and often biting black humour. She is the author of the collection of short stories Traplines (1996), the novels Monkey Beach (2000) and Bloodsports (2006), and the memoir The Sasquatch at Home (2011). Robinson most recently won the 2016 Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award.

Robinson has used her celebrity to draw attention in Time magazine to the Canadian government’s chipping away at Native health care, and to the lack of subsidized housing for urban Natives. She has been a Writer-in-Residence at the Whitehorse Public Library, and will soon be working with the Writers in Electronic Residence program. This program will link schools across Canada with professional writers.

This event is presented by the UNB Department of English, the UNB Bookstore, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre, and The Fiddlehead.


The UNB Reading Series Presents Heather O'Neill

Heather O'NeillNovember 25, 2016 — Heather O’Neill will be reading from her work this Friday, November 25th at 8pm in Carleton Hall room 139 on the UNB campus. The event is free to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Not only is Heather O’Neill a bestselling novelist, she is also a poet, shortstory writer, screenwriter, and essayist.

Her most recent work, Daydreams of Angels (2015), was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, as well as the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. The Girl Who Was Saturday Night (2014) was also shortlisted for the Giller, and O’Neill’s debut novel Lullabies for Little Criminals (2006) won Canada Reads and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction.

O’Neill has a new novel, The Lonely Hearts Hotel, to be released in 2017. Set in Montreal and New York, the story follows two orphans who use their incredible talents to survive servitude, poverty, and the Great Depression. For Rose and Pierrot, true love, music, and dance are reason enough to live, even in the direst of circumstances.

Born and raised in Montreal, O’Neill lives there currently with her daughter Arizona.

This event is presented by the UNB Department of English, the UNB Bookstore, The Fiddlehead, and the Canada Council for the Arts.


The UNB Reading Series Presents Sue Sinclair and Jennifer Houle

Sue Sinclair & Jennifer HouleNovember 24, 2016 — Sue Sinclair and Jennifer Houle will be reading from their new collections of poetry Heaven’s Thieves and The Back Channels this Thursday, November 24th at 8pm in Carleton Hall room 139 on the UNB campus. The event is free to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Dr. Sue Sinclair is a professor of English at UNB Fredericton. Having obtained her Bachelor’s degree at Mount Allison University, she continued her education in New Brunswick at UNB Fredericton where she completed her Masters in Creative Writing. Sinclair also has an MA in Philosophy, as well as a PhD in Philosophy, both of which were completed at the University of Toronto. Her latest collection of poems is Heaven’s Thieves (2016) from Brick Books. Heaven’s Thieves features lyric poems that explore philosophy, ecology, and experience. Sinclair refuses to shy away from existential questions in this collection; the poetry of Heaven’s Thieves is fearless, investigative, and soulful.

Sinclair has written four prior collections of poetry. Her work has been nominated for the Gerald Lamper Award, twice for the Pat Lowther Award, twice for the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Prize, and two times for the
Atlantic Poetry Prize as well. The Drunken Lovely Bird (2004) won the American Independent Publisher’s Poetry Prize, and Mortal Arguments (2003) was a Globe and Mail “Top 100” book.

Jennifer Houle grew up in Shediac, New Brunswick. She completed her Masters in Creative Writing at UNB Fredericton. An East Coaster through and through, she now lives in Hanwell with her husband and two sons. Houle’s debut collection of poetry The Back Channels (2016) won the Alfred G. Bailey Prize for best poetry manuscript. The collection reflects on New Brunswick’s outmigration, Acadian culture, and finding meaning and
purpose in quotidian life.

This event is presented by the UNB Department of English, the UNB Bookstore, and The Fiddlehead.


The UNB Reading Series Presents Elizabeth Hay

Elizabeth HayOctober 19, 2016 — Elizabeth Hay will be reading from her work this Wednesday, October 19th at 8pm in the lounge at the Alumni Memorial Building on the UNB campus. The event is free to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Her most recent novel, His Whole Life, is a coming-of-age story about a 10-year-old boy named Jim whose family is travelling from New York to Eastern Ontario. With a Canadian mother and an American father, Jim must navigate the conflicts that arise when family, country and nature are at odds. His Whole Life is a finalist for the 2016 Ottawa Book Awards.

While Hay began writing as a poet, she was drawn to fiction — a medium with which she has achieved great success. Her novel Late Nights on Air won the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Garbo Laughs won the 2004 Ottawa Book Award and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 2003, while A Student of Weather won a TORGI award and was shortlisted for the Giller back in 2000.

Hay and her partner have two children and currently reside in Old Ottawa South. The Ottawa area has greatly influenced Hay’s writing and is often the setting in her novels.

This event is presented by the UNB Department of English, the UNB Bookstore, The Fiddlehead, and the Canada Council for the Arts.


The UNB Reading Series Presents Camilla Gibb

Camilla GibbOctober 13, 2016 — Internationally acclaimed author Camilla Gibb will be reading from her work this Thursday, October 13th at 8pm in the lounge at the Alumni Memorial Building on the UNB campus. The event is free to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Her most recent work, the memoir This is Happy, Gibbs confronts the broken relationships, broken family, and broken people of her past, transforming her grief into a new kind of happiness of her own making. This is Happy was shortlisted for the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize.

Gibb is the author of four novels: Mouthing the Words (2000 Toronto Book Awards winner), The Petty Details of So-and-So’s Life, Sweetness in the Belly (2005 Trillium Award winner, shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize), and The Beauty of Humanity Movement.

Gibb has acted as writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto, University of Alberta, and at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced studies located at the University of British Columbia. She has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Oxford, and is currently the June Callwood Professor in Social Justice at the University of Toronto’s Victoria College.

This event is presented by the UNB Department of English, the UNB Bookstore, The Fiddlehead, and the Canada Council for the Arts.


The UNB Reading Series Presents Rabindranath Maharaj

Rabindranath Maharaj posterSeptember 27, 2016 — UNB’s Writer-in-Residence Rabindranath Maharaj will be reading from his work this Tuesday, September 27th at 8pm in Memorial Hall’s West Gallery on the UNB campus. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

Maharaj is a prolific author, with five novels and three short story collections. Maharaj’s latest novel, The Amazing Absorbing Boy, won the 2011 Toronto Book Award as well as the 2010 Trillium Fiction Prize, and has been voted as a CBC Canada Reads Top 10 books for the Ontario region. Other notable works by Maharaj include A Perfect Pledge, The Lagahoo’s Apprentice, Homer in Flight, and The Picture of Nobody.

Maharaj immigrated to Canada in the early 1990s. He completed his second M.A. at the University of New Brunswick in 1993, and happily returns to his old stomping grounds as Writer-in-Residence this year.

In 2013, Maharaj was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, a distinction that recognizes significant contributions and achievements by Canadian citizens. The highly acclaimed author often mentors young writers who write diaspora dialogues, and has written for The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, and The Toronto Star, among other publications.

This event is presented by the UNB Department of English, the UNB Bookstore, The Fiddlehead, artsNB, and the Canada Council for the Arts.


The UNB Reading Series Presents Lee Maracle

Lee Maracle readingSeptember 16, 2016 — Lee Maracle is a prolific First Nations writer and expert on First Nations culture and history, and an influential Indigenous voice in Canadian postcolonial criticism. She is the author of a number of critically acclaimed literary works, including Sojourner’s Truth and Other Stories, Sundogs, Ravensong, Bobbi Lee, Daughters Are Forever, Bent Box, and I Am Woman. Her most recent books are the novel Celia's Song, the non-fiction book Memory Serves, and the poetry collection Talking to the Diaspora.


The UNB Reading Series Presents Michelle Butler Hallett

Michelle Butler HallettMarch 16, 2016 - The Canada Council for the Arts, the UNB Department of English, The Fiddlehead, and the UNB Bookstore are pleased to invite you to a reading by Michelle Butler Hallett. The event will take place at 8pm on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, at the Alumni Lounge, in the Alumni Memorial Building, on the UNB Fredericton campus.

Set in 1593, Michelle Butler Hallett’s This Marlowe reveals two rival spymasters plotting to control succession after Queen Elizabeth’s death. Their schemes depend on Christopher Marlowe, a cobbler’s son from Canterbury, who has defied expectations and become an accomplished poet and playwright. Now that the plague has closed theatres, Marlowe must resume the work for which he was originally recruited: intelligence and espionage. An historical novel with a contemporary edge, This Marlowe measures the weight of the body politic, the torment of the flesh, and the state of the soul.

Michelle Butler Hallett is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Deluded Your Sailors, Sky Waves, and Double-Blind, and the short-story collection The Shadow Side of Grace. Her stories appear in the anthologies Hard Ol’ Spot, The Vagrant Revue of New Fiction, Running the Whale’s Back, and Best American Mystery Stories 2014. She lives in St John’s, Newfoundland.


The UNB Reading Series Presents Phillip Crymble, Gerard Beirne, and Rob Gray

Crymble, Beirne, GrayFebruary 24, 2016 - The UNB Department of English, The Fiddlehead, and the UNB Bookstore are pleased to invite you to the book launches of Phillip Crymble, Gerard Beirne, and R.W. Gray. The event will take place at 8 pm on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016, at the Alumni Lounge, in the Alumni Memorial Building, on the UNB Fredericton campus.

Phillip Crymble's first full-length collection, Not Even Laughter, explores the work and sensibilities of those whose ideas and visions have been long overlooked. The technical acumen, ear for music, and emotional sincerity unite the eclectic subject matter in this literary debut.

Born in Belfast, N. Ireland, Crymble holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, and is currently pursuing a PhD in American Literature at the University of New Brunswick.

Set in a Cree community in northern Manitoba, Gerard Beirne’s short story collection In a Time of Drought and Hunger draws on Beirne’s family experiences as Irish immigrants. This book has been a long time in the making, and the disaffected people who fill its pages have moved everyone who has read it.

Beirne completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University and now lives in Fredericton, NB. He is the author of three novels and two collections of poems.

In his second collection of stories, Entropic, Canadian author and filmmaker R.W. Gray once again finds the place where the beautiful, the strange, and the surreal all meet —sometimes meshing harmoniously, sometimes colliding with terrible violence, launching his characters into a redefined reality.

Gray was born and raised on the northwest coast of BC, and received a PhD in literature from the University of Alberta. He is an active writer who has had ten short screenplays produced. He is a senior editor of the web magazine Numéro Cinq, and he teaches at the University of New Brunswick.


UNB Reading Series Presents: Rita Wong

Rita Wong reading Feb 11February 11, 2016 - The Canada Council for the Arts, The University of New Brunswick, The Fiddlehead, and the UNB Bookstore are pleased to invite you to a literary reading by celebrated poet Rita Wong on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 8 pm in the East Gallery of Memorial Hall on the Fredericton Campus.

Rita Wong’s work examines the relationships among social justice, ecology, decolonization, and contemporary poetics. She is the author of four books of poetry: monkeypuzzle (1998); forage (2007): sybil unrest (2008, with Larissa Lai); and most recently, undercurrent (2015). forage won the 2008 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and Canada Reads Poetry 2011. Wong is an associate professor in the Critical and Cultural Studies department at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver.

The reading is free and open to the public. 


The UNB Reading Series Presents: K.D. Miller & Naomi K. Lewis

Reading Poster for K.D. Miller and Naomi K. LewisFebruary 3, 2016 - The Canada Council for the Arts, ArtsNB, The University of New Brunswick, The Fiddlehead, and the UNB Bookstore are pleased to invite you to a literary reading by acclaimed writers K.D. Miller and Naomi K. Lewis on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 8 pm in the Alumni Lounge on the Fredericton Campus.

K.D. Miller is a poet, essayist, novelist, and short story writer living in Toronto. Her most recent work, and fourth collection of short stories, All Saints, was short-listed for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was included in The Globe and Mail’s 100 Best Books list for 2014. She has been a guest on CBC’s Tapestry and The Next Chapter.

A Canadian writer of fiction and non-fiction, Naomi K. Lewis has published multiple books, short stories, and articles. Her story collection I Know Who You Remind Me Of won Enfield & Wizenty's 2012 Colophon Prize for fiction and was shortlisted for the Alberta Readers' Choice Award and the Georges Bugnet Award for fiction. She is currently the Writer-in-Residence at the University of New Brunswick.

The event is free and open to the public.


The UNB Reading Series Presents: Joan Clark

Joan ClarkOctober 30, 2015 - The University of New Brunswick's 2015 Reading Series invites you to a reading by Joan Clark on Friday, October 30th, 8pm, at Marshall d’Avray Hall in the Dugald Blue Auditorium in Fredericton. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

Clark’s most recent work is The Birthday Lunch, a novel set in Sussex, New Brunswick. She is also the author of the novels Latitudes of Melt, The Victory of Geraldine Gull, and Eiriksdottir, as well as two short story collections and several award-winning novels for young adults. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, she has lived in various places across Canada. Together with Edna Alford, she began the literary magazine Dandelion.


The UNB Reading Series Presents: Deni Béchard

Deni BéchardOctober 21, 2015 - The University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to a reading by Deni Béchard on Wednesday, October 21st at 8PM in the Dugald Blue Auditorium in Marshall d’Avray Hall on the Fredericton campus.

Deni Béchard is the author of Vandal Love, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, was selected for Oprah’s Book Club’s summer reading list and been translated into French, Arabic, and Russian; Cures for Hunger, a memoir about growing up with his father who robs banks, and an IndieNext pick and Amazon.ca editor’s pick for best memoir/biography in 2012. He has traveled in more than sixty countries and reported from India, Rwanda, the Congo, Afghanistan, and Northern Iraq. He was written for the LA Times, Outside, Foreign Policy, Salon, Maisonneuve and The Harvard Review.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.


The UNB Reading Series Presents: Poetry Weekend 2015

Poetry Weekend 2015October 3, 2015 - The University of New Brunswick invites you to our annual celebration of Canadian poetry, Poetry Weekend! Join us on Saturday and Sunday, October 3rd and 4th, at 11am, 2pm, and 8pm at UNB Fredericton’s Memorial Hall for a series of readings by Canadian poets and authors. Featured guests this year include: James Arthur, Linda Besner, Jeramy Dodds, Sharon McCartney, and Brian Bartlett as well as many others!

Poetry weekend is presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, the League of Canadian Poets, the Writers’ Union of Canada, the UNB Department of English, the UNB Bookstore, The Fiddlehead, and Icehouse (Goose Lane) Poetry.

Admission to Poetry Weekend is free and anyone is welcome to attend. We look forward to having you join us at one of our most exciting events of the year!


The UNB Reading Series Presents: Marina Endicott

Marina EndicottSeptember 23, 2015 - The University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to a literary reading by 2015 Giller long-listed author Marina Endicott September 23rd at 8PM in the Dugald Blue Auditorium in Marshall d’Avray Hall.

Endicott's new novel, Close to Hugh, "takes an exuberantly existential look at youth and age, art and life, love and death over one week in the world of gallery-owner Hugh Argylle."

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.



Matthew Heiti and Mark Jarman
The UNB Reading Series Presents: Matthew Heiti & Mark Anthony Jarman

April 8, 2015 - The University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to hear readings by acclaimed writers, Matthew Heiti and Mark Anthony Jarman.

In Matthew Heiti’s The City Still Breathing, published by Coach House in 2013, a dead body found on the side of Highway 17 outside Sudbury undergoes a strange odyssey, making its way all around the northern Ontario town and through the lives of eleven very different people. All of them are hoping for something more out of this dying town. All they find instead is one another, in a strange and apocalyptic moment of violence.

Heiti’s fiction has appeared in many periodicals and journals, and his plays have been workshopped and produced across the country. As cowriter with Ryan Ward of the film Son of the Sunshine, he was a Genie Award nominee for Best Original Screenplay at the 32nd Genie Awards in 2012.

In Knife Party at the Hotel Europa, published this year by Goose Lane, Mark Anthony Jarman writes about losing and finding love, marriage and melancholy, the dislocation and redemptive power of travel in Italy’s sensual summer. Through the acute loneliness of one who has abandoned and been abandoned a man finds how beautiful this life can be. In vivid, sensuous prose, Jarman’s stories circle and overlap in surprising, weird, and wonderful ways. Tangents turn out to be crucial, allusions are powerful.

Jarman has been shortlisted for the O. Henry Prize and has won the Gold National Magazine Award in nonfiction, the Maclean-Hunter Endowment Award (twice), and the Jack Hodgins Fiction Prize. His novel Salvage King Ya! Is on Amazon.ca’s 50 Essential Canadian Books. He has published in The Walrus, Canadian Geographic, Hobart, The Barcelona Review, Vrig Nederland, and The Globe and Mail.

Their readings will be held on Wednesday, April 8th at 8:00 pm in the Alumni Lounge of the Alumni Memorial Building on the UNB Fredericton Campus. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.


The UNB Reading Series Presents: Kerry-Lee Powell

Kerry-Lee Powell readingMarch 30, 2015 - The University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to hear a reading by writer Kerry-Lee Powell. Her poetry collection Inheritance was published last year by Biblioasis. Inspired by a shipwreck endured by the author's father during the Second World War, and by his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder and eventual suicide, Inheritance is a powerful poetic debut.

Powell’s work has appeared in journals and anthologies throughout the United Kingdom and North America, including The Spectator, The Boston Review, and The Virago Writing Women series. In 2013, she won The Boston Review fiction contest, The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for short fiction, and the Alfred G. Bailey manuscript prize.

Her reading will be held on Monday, March 30th at 8:00 pm in the Alumni Lounge of the Alumni Memorial Building on the UNB Fredericton Campus. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.


The UNB Reading Series Presents: Phillip Crymble, Claire Kelly, and Ian LeTourneau

Fiddlehead Poetry EditorsFebruary 19, 2015 - The University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to hear a poetry reading by the Poetry Editors of The Fiddlehead: Phillip Crymble, Claire Kelly, and Ian LeTourneau.

Phillip Crymble’s poems have appeared in Oxford Poetry, The Malahat Review, CV2, The Literary Review of Canada, The New Quarterly, Vallum, Poetry Ireland Review, and elsewhere. Born in Belfast, N. Ireland, he holds a MFA from the University of Michigan, and is currently pursuing a PhD in American Literature at the University of New Brunswick. Not Even Laughter, his first full-length collection, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry, Ireland, in 2015.

Claire Kelly writes and lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She has had poems published in The Malahat Review, Prism International, and has poems in upcoming issues of CV2 and Prairie Fire. Her first chapbook, Ur-Moth, was published by Frog Hollow Press in 2014. She is on the poetry board of Goose Lane Edition's Ice House Imprint.

Ian LeTourneau is the author of the chapbook Defining Range (Gaspereau, 2006) and the full-length collection Terminal Moraine (Thistledown, 2008). His poems and reviews have appeared in Arc, The Malahat Review, Event, Books in Canada, and many others.

Their poetry readings will be held Thursday, February 19th at 8:00pm in the East Gallery of Memorial Hall on the UNB Fredericton Campus. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend!


The UNB Reading Series Presents: Craig Davidson

Craig DavidsonFebruary 9, 2015 - The University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to hear a reading by UNB Alumnus Craig Davidson, author of The Giller Prize short-listed Cataract City, published in 2013 by Doubleday. In his fourth literary novel Davidson presents a tourist town with an uncanny hold over those born within its borders, a place with more to it than first meets the eye. Beyond the gaudy storefronts and sidewalk vendors, past the hawkers of tourist T-shirts and souvenirs, are the townspeople who toil at The Bisk, the local cookie factory. And behind that crumbling façade are the truly desperate: those drawn to gritty alleyways on both sides of the US-Canada border, inhabitants of a shadow world that runs on money exchanged over dog races, bare-knuckle brawls, and night-time smuggling.

Davidson is the author of Rust and Bone, which was a finalist for the 2006 Danuta Gleed Literary Award and was made into a Golden Globe-nominated feature film of the same name. His other literary works include The Fighter and Sarah Court. His articles and journalism have been published in the National Post, Esquire, GQ, The Walrus, and The Washington Post, among other places.

Davidson has also published under the pen names Patrick Lestewka and Nick Cutter. Under the name Cutter he is the acclaimed author of The Troop (2014), about which Stephen King raved it “scared the hell out of me and I couldn’t put it down . . . old-school horror at its best.” Cutter’s latest novel The Deep has just been published by Simon & Schuster; it features a plague that threatens humanity on a global scale.

His reading will be held Monday, February 9th at 8:00pm in Memorial Hall on the UNB Fredericton Campus. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.


The UNB Reading Series Presents: Linden MacIntyre

Linden MacIntyreJanuary 21, 2015 - The University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to hear a reading by the critically acclaimed novelist Linden MacIntyre, author of Punishment, published last year by Random House. In this new novel MacIntyre presents a powerful exploration of justice and vengeance, and the peril that ensues when passion replaces reason, in a small town shaken by a tragic death.

A Canadian journalist, broadcaster and novelist, MacIntyre has won eight Gemini Awards, an International Emmy, and numerous other awards for writing and journalistic excellence. His childhood memoir Causeway (2006) won The Evelyn Richardson Prize and The Edna Staebler Award for Non-Fiction. His fiction work has included his bestselling novel The Long Stretch (1999), and The Bishop’s Man (2009), which was the winner of the Giller Prize and the 2010 Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award.

His reading will be held on Wednesday, January 21st at 8:00pm in the Bailey Auditorium, room 102 of Tilley Hall, on the UNB Fredericton Campus. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend!


The UNB Reading Series Presents: Kathleen Winter

Kathleen WinterJanuary 14, 2015 - The University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to hear a reading by the critically acclaimed writer Kathleen Winter, author of The Freedom in American Songs, published last year by Biblioasis. In this collection of stories, Winter employs her unusual sensuality, lyrically rendered settings, and subversive humour to examine themes of modern loneliness, small-town gay teens, catastrophic love, and the holiness of ordinary life.

Winter's novel, Annabel (2010), was a #1 bestseller in Canada, has been translated around the world, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Governor General’s Award, and won the Thomas Head Raddall Award. Her debut story collection, boYs (2007), won the Winterset Award and the Metcalf-Rooke Award.

Her Arctic travel memoir, Boundless (House of Anansi), was published just last fall, and was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.
Her reading will be held on Wednesday, January 14th at 8:00pm in the Alumni Lounge of the Alumni Memorial Building on the UNB Fredericton Campus. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend!


The UNB Reading Series Presents: Michael Crummey

Michael Crummey Post

November 25, 2014 - The University of New Brunswick invites you to a public reading by award-winning Newfoundland author, Michael Crummey! Join us on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 at 8:00pm in Tilley Hall 102 (Bailey Auditorium) on the UNB Fredericton campus.

Michael Crummey is an accomplished author who grew up in Wabush, Labrador. He has published several books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, including Hard Light, River Thieves, and Galore. His most recent novel, Sweetland, was shortlisted for the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award; it tells the story of Moses Sweetland—a resident of a small island off the coast of Newfoundland that shares his family name — who fakes his own death in order to avoid forced resettlement by the Newfoundland government. Sweetland is described in the National Post as having a “focus on a contemporary story, imbuing it with the force and weight of history and myth.”


The UNB Reading Series Presents: Greg Bechtel

Greg Bechtel posterOctober 24, 2014 - The University of New Brunswick invites you to a free public reading by UNB alumnus Greg Bechtel! We hope you will join us on Friday, October 24th, at 8:00pm at the Alumni Lounge in UNB Fredericton’s Alumni Memorial Building.

Greg Bechtel graduated from UNB in 2004 with an MA in English (Creative Writing) and is very excited to return to Fredericton to read from his first book, Boundary Problems, which was published earlier this year by Freehand Books. UNB professor Mark Jarman describes Bechtel’s book as “a chaotic collection with comic touches, a paranoid Pynchonesque mix-tape of hosers and hipster cafes, office jobs and summer camp confessions, lit theory and online porn. Boundary problems? No problem for Greg Bechtel; his debut is wild, sly, and magnetic.” We look forward to seeing you at this reading!


The UNB Reading Series Presents: Brian Bartlett

October 14, 2015 - The University of New Brunswick invites you to a public reading by award-winning poet Brian Bartlett! Join us on Tuesday, October 14th, at 8:00pm at the Alumni Lounge in UNB Fredericton’s Alumni Memorial Building.

Brian Bartlett is currently a Professor of English at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, but grew up in New Brunswick and completed his first degree at UNB. He is the author of seven collections and five chapbooks of poetry, and is also the editor of several other works of prose and poetry. Bartlett’s newest book, Ringing Here and There: A Nature Calendar, is his first published book of prose; it presents a full year of daily journals speaking to the human connection to the natural world.


The UNB Reading Series Presents: UNB Poetry Weekend!

Poetry Weekend 2014

October 3, 2014 - The University of New Brunswick invites you to our annual celebration of Canadian poetry, Poetry Weekend! Join us on Saturday and Sunday, October 4th and 5th, at 11am, 2pm, and 8pm at UNB Fredericton’s Memorial Hall for a series of readings by Canadian poets and authors. Featured guests this year include: Don McKay, Stevie Howell, James Arthur, Robin Richardson, Linda Besner, Rob Winger, Travis Lane, David Seymour, Jeffery Donaldson, as well as many others!

Poetry weekend is presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, the League of Canadian Poets, the Writers’ Union of Canada, the UNB Department of English, the UNB Bookstore, The Fiddlehead, Icehouse (Goose Lane) Poetry, Biblioasis, and the Porcupine’s Quill.

Admission to Poetry Weekend is free and anyone is welcome to attend. We look forward to having you join us at one of our most exciting events of the year!


The UNB Reading Series Presents: Jeramy Dodds

Jeramy Dodds posterSeptember 1, 2014 - The University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to a reading from our new Writer-In-Residence, Jeramy Dodds, on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 8:00pm in Memorial Hall on the Fredericton campus.

Originally from Ajax, Ontario, Jeramy Dodds is a poet, translator, and editor and a graduate of Trent University and the University of Iceland. Called “a landmark of Canadian poetry,” Jeramy’s debut poetry collection Crabwise to the Hounds was a winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. His recent translation of The Poetic Edda promises to capture the imagination with his careful attention to the details of these vivid Norse and Icelandic myths.

Please join us for a night of imagery and inventiveness as we share our excitement in welcoming Jeramy Dodds!


 Telegraph-Journal Publishes a Feature on UNB Creative Writing MA Program!

TJ - Salon

ONE FOR THE BOOKS | SHANNON WEBB-CAMPBELL

FOR THE TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL | 20 SEP 2013 

If biology is destiny, then geography must be fate.

With several creative writing master’s programs in Canada, the University of New Brunswick’s is the only one of its kind in Atlantic Canada. Given its size, it boasts an incredible success rate for graduates who go on to publish – poets in particular. It’s an unsung poetical powerhouse.

Known historically as the Poets’ Corner of Canada, Fredericton is the birthplace of Francis Joseph Sherman, Bliss Carmen and Charles G.D. Roberts, as well as the longtime home of Governor General’s Award-winning poet, playwright and journalist Alden Nowlan.

“What makes an Atlantic Canadian program unique in Canada is the long and rich cultural heritage we inherit from Atlantic Canadian writers,” says Ross Leckie, a poet and professor in the English graduate program at UNB.

But those names most commonly associated with the school predate the Nobel Prize and modern Olympic Games, and there’s no need to go back that far to find literary landmarks. Just this past week, Craig Davidson, who graduated in 2003, and Wayne Johnston (’84) were longlisted for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

So far, in 2013, MA grads from the past 20 years have published 17 books. That’s the most releases in the last two decades. Last year, 11 books were released. Since 2003, on average, about eight books a year have been released by recent MA English graduates.

Leckie, who is also the editor of The Fiddlehead and poetry editor for Goose Lane Editions, notes the rich literary history of the region, as well as a penchant for poetry, as integral to the program’s triumphs.

“And the smaller size of our program, which allows intensive and personal attention given by faculty to students . . .”

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