Welcome to the first instalment of CWILA Links!

Every couple of weeks I’ll be recapping news, essays, interviews, and reviews concerned with writing, feminism, and social justice.

This week I recommend reading a conversation between Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay, two incredibly important American writers and cultural commentators–they discuss the rhetoric of the black body and the precarious status of black intellectuals in American society.

Check out Anita Lahey’s “Poetry is Pleasure”: she introduces The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015 and offers insight into poems by Lucas Crawford (CWILA Critic-in-Residence), Karen Solie, Anne-Marie Todkill, Julie Bruck and so many more.

Don’t miss Room Magazine‘s interview with writers Nailah King and Christina Cooke, who are the editors of the upcoming Women of Colour issue.

Macleans weighs in on literary prize culture and women.

Amy King is the featured blogger over at the Poetry Foundation for August, and she delves into a critique of current discussions about privilege and contemporary poetry in “Pretending to Disrupt, Merely Distracting: Plundering Privilege in the World of Poetry”.

Contemporary Verse 2 talks to Plenitude editors Andrea Routley and Matthew Walsh about running a queer literary magazine in Canada.

thcanadaproject interviews writer and editor Shazia Hafiz Ramji about carving out space for the intersection between poetry and criticism and curating LineBreak at subTerrain

And writer Mariko Tamaki speaks out about policing of women’s voices in “Can’t stand the way I talk? Or what I have to say?”

Did I miss something? I’m open to suggestions! Feel free to let me know what you’re reading and I’ll try to include it in our next dispatch. Email links to:

– Adèle Barclay


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