The Word, Winter 2017

We are delighted to announce that our department newsletter, The Word (Winter 2017) is now out!

Our special thanks to editor/designer Dr. Lucia Lorenzi and to everyone who contributed stories and news this year! If we’ve missed anything we could feature in next newsletter, please let us know at Enjoy!

English Undergraduate students Karol Pasciano, Kathryn Ney, and Karen Ng have curated a Jane Austen exhibit at the UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections.  Ever Austen: Literary Timelessness in the Regency Period honours the legacy of Jane Austen, an author who has left an ever-lasting literary legacy that continually influences popular culture across time. Be sure to check out this exhibit and, while you are at it, drop in for a special panel discussion on Thursday, 2 March from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  (with UBC Department of English’s TIFFANY POTTER and SCOTT MACKENZIE, and Professor MICHELE LEVY and PHD student Kandice Sharren from SFU)!


Read “Student Curators, Karol, Karen, and Kathryn

Endnotes 2017, the UBC English graduate conference, wants your proposals! The theme this year is “On the Edge: Borders, Boundaries, and Thresholds in an Age of Unease,” the dates are May 12-13, and the keynote speakers will be department alum Sonnet L’Abbé and new UBC English faculty member Mo Pareles. The conference aims to promote interdisciplinary dialogue and innovative approaches; to that end, proposed presentations may be academic or creative in nature, and students from other departments are equally encouraged to apply. Visit to view the Call for Papers, and submit proposals by January 31.


Congratulations to Professor Daniel Heath Justice, whose Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature, co-edited with James H. Cox, won the 2nd Annual Modern Language Association (MLA) prize for Studies in Native American Literature, Culture and Language.

The English Department has launched a new series this year, a Brown-bag Series: Careers for English Graduates. Each month, throughout the academic year, we bring in alumni of UBC English to talk about the work they’re doing now, how they came to do it, and what steps they took as they moved from being a student to working in their chosen field.  These events are designed, especially, to help English Majors and Honours students chart their career paths.

You don’t need to be an English student to attend. Everyone is welcome!

Lucia Lorenzi

LUCIA LORENZI (UBC PhD ENGL 2016) was awarded a Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. The award honours Canadians who have made outstanding contributions (more…)

Undergraduate Awards 2016 - Highly CommendedA term paper by MICHAEL GOCO (BA 2015) has been recognized as a “highly commended” entrant in the 2016 Undergraduate Awards–an international competition. Michael was in the English Majors Program (Language Emphasis) as well as the Major program in Religious Studies. He is heading to Ireland with 6 more UBC students to receive his award! The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s largest academic awards program. It is uniquely pan-discipline, identifying leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework.

Congratulations to Alex Leslie (BA Hons ’07) “The Person You Want To See” was longlisted for this year’s Journey Prize. “The Person You Want to See” is part of a collection of short stories in progress entitled We All Need to Eat. It will be included in this year’s Journey Prize anthology published by Mclelland & Stewart/Random House, this fall. The Journey Prize is awarded to a new and developing writer of distinction for a short story published in a Canadian literary magazine. The 2016 prize winner will be announced on November 2 at the Writers’ Trust Awards.