Conversation with Critics-in-Residence: Lucas Crawford and Shannon Webb-Campbell

Lucas Crawford & Shannon Webb-Campbell

Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA) Presents: Lucas Crawford and Shannon Webb-Campbell Reading and in Conversation


Lucas Crawford is CWILA’s Critic-in-Residence for 2015 and Shannon was the 2014 Critic-in-Residence. This position was created by CWILA in response to a proven gender gap in Canada’s reviewing culture – to encourage more women and transgender writers to review books and engage in public critical conversations about writing in Canada. The event will showcase the incredible poetic talent of these two writers and also engage in a discussion about barriers to equity in Canadian literary culture.


Lucas Crawford (Vancouver, BC) is a poet, performer, and occasional professor who was raised in rural Nova Scotia and now lives in Vancouver. Lucas has researched transgender and literature as a doctoral student at the University of Alberta (where his thesis was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal), at McGill (where he was a postdoctoral fellow), and now at Simon Fraser University, where he is the Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowment Lecturer. Over the years, he has given over sixty performances of poetry, and perhaps a few of drag. In 2015, Lucas won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry for his manuscript, Sideshow Concessions. His poetry collection, The High Line Park Scavenger Hunt, was written at the Banff Centre Writing Studio in 2012 and is forthcoming in 2015. His academic book, Transgender Architectonics, will appear in 2015 as well (from Ashgate). Lucas is CWILA’s 2015 Critic-in-Residence.


Shannon Webb-Campbell (Halifax, NS) is an award-winning poet, writer, and journalist of mixed Aboriginal ancestry. She is the inaugural winner of Egale Canada’s Out in Print Award and was the Canadian Women in Literary Arts 2014 critic-in-residence. She holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia and her debut collection of poetry, Still No Word was released in 2015 with Breakwater Books. She lives in Halifax.



Refreshments provided.


The free event is supported by UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, SFU’s English Department and SFU’s Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.

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