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UNB Fredericton

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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.



Writer-in-residence, 2019-20

RM Vaughan is a Canadian writer and video artist living in Montreal. Vaughan's books include the poetry collections A Selection of Dazzling Scarves, Invisible to Predators, Ruined Stars, Troubled, and Ve1Xe.

His novels A Quilted Heart and Spells were met with critical acclaim, and he is the author of many theatre works, including the recently published One Year After, as well as the plays Camera Woman and The Monster Trilogy. A selected essays, entitled Compared to Hitler, was released in 2013 and his non-fiction book Bright Eyed: Insomnia and its Cultures was a bestseller in translation in South Korea.

Vaughan's essays, poems, fiction and drama are collected in over 60 anthologies and art catalogues. Vaughan also contributes cultural commentary and art reviews for a number of national and international newspapers and magazines.

His video collaborations play in festivals and galleries around the world, and are included in the collections of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His latest video collaboration, "House Dress" recently toured Mexico as part of retrospective of queer video works. Vaughan was born in Saint John and raised in St. Martins and Quispamsis. He holds an MA from the University of New Brunswick.



Albert Ross Undergraduate English Society

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 englishsocietyunb@gmail.com.



Visiting Writers Series

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.