Minutes over Monuments: Re-Reading the Kootenay School of Writing (as) Archive

  • Jason Lee Wiens University of Calgary


This paper examines the work of several writers affiliated with Vancouver's Kootenay School of Writing (KSW). It was written through original primary research in multiple archives, and takes a new approach to reading this work. I posit that we read the work of the writers affiliated with KSW, which has typically been read through similar critical approaches to those taken to language poetry, as both an archive and a repertoire of a community at a particular historical period, the long neoliberal moment. I discuss several writers whose work has been critically neglected, including Kevin Davies, Jeff Derksen, Lisa Robertson, Colin Smith, and Deanna Ferguson.

Author Biography

Jason Lee Wiens, University of Calgary
Jason Wiens is a Senior Instructor and Associate Head, Undergaduate Student Affairs, in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. He has published widely in the field of Canadian literature, including articles on Dionne Brand, George Bowering, Margaret Avison, and Sharon Pollock. His current research involves the pedagogical applications of archival work in undergraduate courses.