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Word on the Street Festival

Kathryn Mockler will appear at the Word on the Street Festival Saturday, September 22 in Toronto. Kathryn is the author of four books of poetry and six short films. She is the Canada Editor of Joyland: a hub for short fiction, the Publisher of ?The Rusty Toque. 

How the city has inspired London's poet laureate

Tom Cull, London's poet laureate, has recently written Bad Animals, a book of poetry focused on the relationship between people, animals and nature. Listen to his interview on CBC London

‘Romantic’ effort finding indie success for alumna

By Adela Talbot, Western News, April 26, 2018

Carly Stone, BA’11 (English and Writing Studies), recently premiered her first movie, The New Romantic, at SXSW, an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas. Read the full article

Professor Aaron Schneider launches London-based literary journal

Cuba’s revolutionary heroine made of ‘honey and iron’

By Melanie Chambers, Western News, March 22, 2018

Inspired after reading One Day In December: Celia Sánchez and the Cuban Revolution, writer, cyclist, independent solo traveller and Writing Studies instructor, Melanie Chambers, visited Cuba to learn more about Fidel Castro's right-hand woman, Celia Sanchez.

The Death of Daan De Wees 

By Aaron Schneider, HA&L Hamilton Arts & Letters 2017-2018

Professors Jamie Johnston and Kathleen Fraser recognized for their outstanding service

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association, March 2018

In recognition of the hard work and commitment of a contract faculty member, Professor Jamie Johnston was awarded the Tom Murphy Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to UWOFA.

Professor Kathleen Fraser was awarded the CAUT Dedicated Service Award which honors outstanding service to academic staff associations at the local or provincial level. On more than one occasion Kathleen has stepped into a role at a time when UWOFA faced a gap in leadership, showing remarkable dedication. Throughout, she has been a champion for the rights of contract faculty members.

‘Launch’ catapults grad’s career to new level

By Adela Talbot, Western News, February 8, 2018

After taking a Creative Writing class, English & Creative Writing graduate, Sarah Botelho, BA'16, found a skill for the craft and didn’t look back. Botelho, a singer-songwriter who goes by the stage name Poesy, beat out four up-and-coming artists, winning the right to release a new song on CTV’s The Launch. Read the full article 

Cold-case prof wins humanitarian award

By Adela Talbot, Western News, January 25, 2018

Michael Arntfield, an Arts & Humanities professor and former police officer, is the recipient of this year’s Western Humanitarian Award. Since 2010, he has worked with Western students to research unsolved historical homicides. Read the full article

No matter your program, mind your P's and Q's

By Patty Hu, Western Gazette November 18, 2017


All students should be required to take an introductory writing course. I might be a stickler for clear, grammatically-correct writing, but I can’t take your arguments seriously if I don’t understand them. Read more

Course looks to capture a 'Strange Animal'

By Adela Talbot, Western News, November 2, 2017


Tom Cull, London’s Poet Laureate, who teaches in the American and Writing Studies programs, is teaching You’re a Strange Animal: Writing Nature, Writing the Self, a third-year nature-writing elective course. Students spend much time outside of the classroom before sitting down to write poems, fiction and non-fiction works about the nature they encounter. Read the full article