Category: Writer in Residence

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Can Not Lit II

by Jacqueline Valencia

In part two of her interviews with Canadian writers of colour on their struggles with CanLit, Jacqueline Valencia talks to Halli Villegas and Sheniz Janmohamed. Part one can be found here.

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Halli Villegas

The biggest problem I had with CanLit going in was my own naivety.

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Can Not Lit

by Jacqueline Valencia

This series has been an interesting journey. The essays I’ve written stem from afterthoughts and conversations I’ve had with people within the Canadian literary community, most of them people of colour. We do often look for each other at events and literary gatherings, congregate in the bathroom to talk safely, and the bar. Even if we don’t know each other,

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How Do We Fix The CanLit Canon

by Jacqueline Valencia

It was only in the last few years that I heard of the term decolonization. Let’s tear down the establishment, remove the system that is holding back so many, and rebuild anew so that it is accountable to all is a fine cause. We hear decolonization in the speeches of protest and in written words calling out for change.

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Navigating Canadian Writing as the Other

by Jacqueline Valencia

As writers of colour develop, one of the first things they learn is how to navigate the world they practice in.  This can be very personal and individual. Some might approach the network of open mics and book launches to get a feel for the environment and network to prepare them when they are ready to submit.

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The Canadian Experience

by Jacqueline Valencia

As the fireworks lit up a celebratory sky on July 1, there was a great sense of pride for the place I was born and the place I’m privileged to live. However, Canada 150 left me a little uneasy. Maybe it’s because I’m older now and I am more awake than I have ever been that I find a giant disconnect with it all.