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Student life

UNB’s English program offers you the chance to work with award-winning authors, bond with fellow students and listen to emerging and established Canadian authors.

Learn, socialize and listen

Di Brandt

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Di Brandt

Di Brandt is delighted and honoured to join the UNB/Wolastoqiyik/Mi’kmaq cultural and literary communities, online from Winnipeg/Winipêk, Manitoba/Manitowapow. She has spent cherished in- person time in New Brunswick and the Maritimes, and looks forward to meeting old friends and colleagues, and making new ones!

Di Brandt is available during the following times for email correspondence, online classroom visits and one-on-one meetings to discuss manuscripts in progress and other questions of the writing life. These services are available free of charge to all UNB students and faculty, and residents of New Brunswick.

Di Brandt standing beside the Red River, in Manitoba/Manitowapow. Photo credit: Mortimer Mackenzie

Fall term office hours

  • Mondays: 1-5 p.m.; 6-9 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 1-5 p.m.
  • Poetry Writing Workshop times (details tba): Tuesday evenings 7-9 p.m.

Winter term office hours

  • Mondays: 1-5 p.m.; 6-9 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 1-5 p.m.
  • Poetry Writing Workshop times (details tba): Wednesday evenings 7-9 p.m.

Contact information: 

If you wish to show your writing in progress to Di Brandt for comment, please send by attachment to her UNB email address, if possible, indicating possible meeting times during her office hours. She will get back to you by email with the actual meeting time, which will take place on UNB Teams, at Writer in Residence Meeting.

Writing submission guidelines

The Albert Ross Undergraduate English Society seeks to cultivate a strong sense of community in the UNB English department for undergraduate students. Students from any faculty are welcome to join.

Through its events, students can develop stronger professional ties and friendly relationships with their professors.

According to legend, the original Albert Ross Society got its name from an undergraduate student’s essay on Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

The student did not read the poem, but incorporated what he had overheard about it from other students. The student, having misunderstood the word “albatross,” re-invented the bird as a man named “Albert Ross.”

After a hiatus, the society re-launched in 2017.

The Albert Ross Undergraduate English Society can be reached at

For decades, the Department of English has organized readings and reading tours by a diverse range of emerging and established Canadian authors, including Craig Davidson, Liz Howard, Lee Maracle, Don McKay, Heather O'Neill and Eden Robinson.

The English department’s readings are free and open to all members of the public. By inviting to Fredericton a wide range of authors working in multiple genres and from many points of view, we hope to contribute to our audience’s engagement with and appreciation of the literary arts.