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.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.


Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

13 March 2015

Daphne Marlatt Reads 26 March!

We are thrilled to present a surprise addition to our series: the Can Lit legend Daphne Marlatt!

Please join us Thursday 26 March at 7:30 pm in STJ 3014.


The opening act will be Jeremy Fajardo.

This reading is made possible by the St Jerome's English Department and WLU Press. Our grateful thanks to both! 

Photo Credit: Jocelyn Mandryk
Daphne Marlatt was born in Australia and immigrated to Vancouver as a child. She studied English and writing at UBC (BA 1964), where she was a member of the TISH group of young writers. She is known best as a poet (Steveston, Touch to my Tongue) but has also published works of fiction (Ana Historic, Taken), poetics (Readings from the Labyrinth, At the River’s Mouth) and oral history. She has worked extensively as an editor, writer-in-residence, and teacher. In 2006 she was appointed to the Order of Canada, and in 2009 was awarded the Dorothy Livesay Prize for Poetry for The Given. In 2012 she received the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award. Her recent work includes The Gull, the first Canadian play staged in the tradition of the Noh theatre, awarded the Uchimura Naoya Prize in 2008. Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now revises a 1969-70 series and adds a 2012 series of poems about her home city. Wilfrid Laurier University Press recently released her selected poetry, Rivering, edited by Susan Knutson.