Canadian Writing Comes to You -- Live!

The Reading Series has been bringing cutting-edge Canadian writers to St. Jerome's University since 1984.

Each year we strive to offer a range in our slate of visiting writers: well-established and up-and-coming, from the local area and from sea to sea, working in verse and prose and beyond. Experimental and traditional, serious and playful, beautiful and stark, cynical and celebratory -- come and sample the wealth and variety that is Canadian literature today.

These readings are special opportunities to get inside the book -- to hear writers read their own words, and speak about their own writing. Every reading includes an open question and answer session.

All readings are free and open to the public.

St. Jerome's is located at 290 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, Ontario.

From its beginnings through 2018-19, the Reading Series has been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and St. Jerome's University. It now continues to be funded by St. Jerome's.

09 September 2020

The Reading Series in 2020-2021

 Hello everyone!

Thanks for your support and interest of the Reading Series. Given the difficulties in hosting public events these days, we have decided to put our series on pause for the Fall term. We are waiting to see what might or might not be possible for us to do in Winter term. Stay tuned! And stay well. 



25 January 2020

Alicia Elliott reads 4 March!



We're thrilled to welcome Alicia Elliott to cap off our Winter term readings!

 Please join us on Wednesday 4 March at 3:30pm in SJ2 1004.

The opening act will be Joanne Tiotangco Magbitang.
Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario. She has written for Globe and Mail, CBC, Hazlitt and many others. She’s had essays nominated for National Magazine Awards for three straight years, winning Gold in 2017, and her short fiction was selected for Best American Short Stories 2018, Best Canadian Stories 2018, and Journey Prize Stories 30. She was chosen by Tanya Talaga as the 2018 recipient of the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. Her first book, A Mind Spread Out On The Ground, is a national bestseller.


Special thanks to the Wilfrid Laurier University English Department (especially Tanis MacDonald) and Indigenous Student Centre, who we are partnering with for Alicia's visit. 

23 November 2019

Ben Ladouceur reads 24 January!


We're excited to have Ben Ladouceur coming to read for us, to warm us all up in January!

Please join us on Friday 24 January at 4:30pm in the SJUASA Reading Room in the St. Jerome's University Library.

The opening act will be Kristen Marie Fajardo.

Ben Ladouceur is the author of Mad Long Emotion, a poetry collection published by Coach House Books. His first collection, Otter, was awarded the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best debut collection in Canada. In 2018, he received the Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for emerging LGBT writers, and in 2019, he was longlisted for the Writers' Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for short fiction. He lives in Ottawa.

26 October 2019

Deanna Young reads 22 November!

The wonderful poet Deanna Young will be reading for us in November.

Maya Victoria Venters will be the opening act.

Please join us on Friday 22 November at 4:30pm in SJ1 3027.




Deanna Young is the author of four books of poetry. House Dreams (2014) was nominated for numerous awards, including the Ottawa Book Award and the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Reunion (2018) was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Archibald Lampman Award. Born in Lucan, Ontario, she lives in Ottawa where she works as an editor and teaches poetry privately. In 2019 she was named Ottawa's English Poet Laureate for a two-year term.

18 October 2019

Susan Holbrook reads 25 October!

We're thrilled to kick off this year's series with Susan Holbrook!

Please join us on Friday 25 October at 4:30pm in SJ1 3027.

photo by Lori Kennedy

Susan Holbrook’s poetry books are the Governor General’s Award-nominated and Trillium Book Award-nominated Throaty Wipes (Coach House 2016), Joy Is So Exhausting (Coach House 2009), which was shortlisted for the Trillium Award for Poetry, and misled (Red Deer 1999), which was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award.  She teaches North American literatures and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor. With Thomas Dilworth she edited The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson: Composition as Conversation (Oxford U P, 2010). Her textbook How to Read (and Write About) Poetry was released in 2015 (Broadview), and in 2017 she edited Intertidal: The Collected Earlier Poems of Daphne Marlatt (Talonbooks).

23 September 2019

Our 2019-20 Series


We have a fantastic selection of writers coming to read for us this year!

Susan Holbrook, Friday 25 October, 4:30pm, SJ1 3027

Deanna Young, Friday 22 November, 4:30pm, SJ1 3027

Ben Ladouceur, Friday 24 January, 4:30pm, location tba

And there will be one more event in the Fall: stay tuned!

Hope to see you there. The readings are free and all are welcome!

10 July 2019

Stay Tuned for our 2019-2020 Series!

We're working on organizing our series for next year, and should be announcing our lineup in August or September. Watch this space!