Poetry Crossover Kickoff: A Literary Sonic Social

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Kickoff: A Literary Sonic Social

January 11, 2017

The IGAB Atrium, Western University

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join students and colleagues in the Department of English and Writing Studies and across the Arts & Humanities for Kickoff, a full-throated encounter with sound poetry activities animated by Canada Council Writer in Residence Margaret Christakos on Wednesday, January 11 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the IGAB Atrium. Students, faculty and staff are welcome.

At Wednesday’s free Kickoff: A Literary Sonic Social, Margaret will lead a series of sound poetry activities exploring the oral, sonic, alphabetic space of our voices amidst the soaring acoustic space of the IGAB Atrium. Solo, small group and collaborative modes of participation will give everyone a chance to expand their “ulu-literary” range. At the Kickoff, Western’s current Student Writer in Residence Victoria Wiebe will also give a short reading from her work and share some of the ways she uses sound and sonics in her poetry.

Join us for a fun and interactive evening and get to know your writing colleagues better. Come and laugh with us at this Literary Sonic Social.

This first sound-focused literary evening is the Kickoff to Poetry Crossover, a series of four literary events that Margaret will animate during the second term of her Western university residency. Each event will invite student poets and writers to participate in reading and performance opportunities, and will consider poetry and writing in relation to specific spaces and contexts on campus.

For more information, please see the Facebook Event.

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GES General Meeting


Join us for our second meeting of the year!

When: Friday, December 9th, 2:30-3:30pm

Where: AHB 1B08

Agenda | Minutes

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GES Winter Holiday Party


Come celebrate the end of the semester with the GES!

Join us on Friday, December 9th at 8pm at The Grad Club and unwind with your colleagues before the busy exam period begins. We will provide a free drink for members of the department and delicious appetizers complete with vegetarian options.

Spouses, partners, and significant others are welcome!

As in past years, there is no dress code, although many take the opportunity to wear their holiday finest: glitz and glam and questionable holiday-themed sweaters are all appropriate!

Since we’d like to have an idea of the number of people planning to attend, we ask that you RSVP on the Facebook invitation and/or email ges.socialcommittee@gmail.com by Friday December 2nd to guarantee your drink ticket and help us make sure there’s enough food!

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MLIS Book Swap

The MLIS Student Council is hosting a Book Swap evening at the Grad Club on Thursday November 3 at 8pm and they’ve invited all of us! This would be a great time to make some new friends in Library & Information Sciences and get some new books! Please see the attached poster for details!books-beer

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Book & Bake Sale


Come out and get the books you need and want for cheap!

When: October 18th, 19th, & 20th, 10am-3pm

Where: AHB 2G28N

All books are $5 or less, and baked goods are by donation.

We’re looking for volunteers to table and bake treats, sign up here!

Go to the Facebook Event to spread the word and tell us you’ll be there!

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GES Thanksgiving Potluck


Not going home for Thanksgiving? Want the yummy comfort food anyway? Just need a break from work and SSHRC applications? Join the GES for our annual Thanksgiving Potluck!

Make sure to RSVP via the Facebook invitation or email our generous host, Lacey, if you plan to attend so she will know how many to expect, and don’t forget to let us know what you plan to bring and if you have any food allergies! As always, significant others are welcome!

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GES Service Positions Acclaimed

The following positions have been acclaimed:

Treasurer/Secretary: Lori Maddigan

Website: Lisa Templin

Academic: Tom Stuart

Social: Lisa Templin, Jackie Reed

Union Rep: Sebastian Johnston

SOGS: Jeremy Johnston, Danica Facca

MA Rep: Colton Sherman

As a result we will not need to hold an election. Thanks so much for everyone’s enthusiasm this year. We’re looking forward to working with you!


Caroline & Adam

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GES General Meeting

sept2016meetingJoin us for our first meeting of the new year. It will be an orientation-type meeting where new and returning GES members can learn about what we do as a society and about the positions that are coming up for election in the next couple of weeks. Afterward we will head over to The Ground and the Fury for coffee.

When: Thursday September 22 at 10am

Where: Alumni Hall 101 – Enter Alumni Hall and turn left and the classroom will be on the left.

Agenda | Minutes

Now is your chance to support the GES and get involved!

The following positions are up for election: 

SECRETARY/TREASURER (can be two positions)
GTA UNION STEWARDS (3 positions)

Check out the Service Positions page for more detail about the duties and potential time commitment for each position.

If you are interested in running for a position, please send a statement of interest to Adam Bowes (abowes5@uwo.ca), AND Caroline Diezyn (cdiezyn@gmail.com). Your statement should be around 100-200 words, which may contain any relevant experience, or simply the plans and/or enthusiasm you have for the role. Please have your statement in no later than September 24th.

To let us know that you’ll be attending the meeting, RSVP to the Facebook Event

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The Ground and the Fury

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It’s official! The Ground and the Fury is BACK!

Join us in the newly improved GES lounge for a weekly dose of caffeine and conversation every Thursday from 11:30-1:30 starting Thursday September 8th.

Drop in before or after class! Stay for just a little while, or hang out for the whole time!

It’s a great opportunity to meet and socialize with the other people in the department

We hope to see you there!

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SOGS Orientation Events

Every year, the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) orientation events for incoming (and returning) grad students. This year we want to make it easier for English grad students to participate!

For the following events we will meet just outside the English Department in the Arts and Humanities Building (AHB) at the listed time and go together as a group!

  • Board Game Night – Wednesday September 14th at 7pm (FREE, open to all grad students)
  • New Student Party – Thursday September 15th at 6:30pm ($10, new students only)
  • Bonfire Night – Friday September 16th at 7:30pm ($5, open to all grad students)

SOGS Orientation Events

** Tickets for the New Student Party and the Bonfire Night will be available from our very own Madison Bettle at the MA and PhD Orientation and Grad Buddy Welcome Event on Tuesday September 6th, or at the SGPS Orientation on Thursday September 8th, and from the SOGS office (UCC 260) any time. We definitely recommend getting your tickets in advance!

For more information about the events including information about how to sign up for the Amazing Race: SOGS Edition, see the SOGS Orientation Facebook Invite or Website.


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