November Newsletter

Included: Holiday Get Together | CEVA  |  Advocacy  |  Headlight  |  Concordia Colloquium  |  Misc.

Well, hello again.
It’s November now.
It’s been getting colder.
Some snow has fallen already.
Ice forming under the wheel wells of parked cars.
But its a sunny day today.
Stay optimistic.
Here’s what’s happening here.

Holiday Get together

We would like to get together with you sometime next month.
We don’t know when
We think it would be nice if you told us when works for you
Because we would like to see you.
We’re here for you.
We were thinking
A casual night out with friends at McKibbins
If you can’t go to McKibbins, if you have enemies there.
It’s ok, we can pick somewhere else.
We just need to know.
And we’re putting together a Secret Santa so names are important.
Keep your eye on our Facebook for our upcoming poll
Or check in with one of us

CEVA (Committee for Equity and Visibility in the Academy)

CEVA is organizing Inclusivity/Anti-Oppression Pedagogical Training in early January
Open to anyone who teaches/is a TA
Keep an eye out for more details and make sure you attend
It’s always good to learn more about teaching
(And we get no other formal training)
We’re also working on a document with resource links
To help you teach your students mindfully
Which we hope to release on the SAGE website
In the New Year
E-mail Jen (jen.tracy@hotm​ or Alex (
To get involved


It is important that you know where you can go if you have an issue.
These things happen.
It’s good to know what you can do.
For instance,
Did you know that the Office of Rights and Responsibility
Can help you resolve problems conficentially or make a formal complaint?
And that you can have your work regraded if you make a named complaint?
Or that you should meet with the GSA advocacy centre first?
We’ve added this info and links to our resource page.


Headlight has its Call for Submissions​.
December 15th
Submit 3 poems or 2000 words of fiction or 3 visual art pieces.
We’re looking for editors as well.
To get involved. Get involved.

Concordia Colloquium Call Extended

You might have seen the email from Bonnie (thanks Bonnie), but in case you haven’t
Colloquium (Animal Print) has extended the deadline to December 1st.
Full call is here
Or e-mail
You’ve got half a month.
Get cracking.


Carte Blanche Non-fiction Contest
Deadline: November 30 at Midnight

Hip-hop Studies Conference​
Deadline: January 5

That’s all from us. Cheers!


October Newsletter

Included: Annual Graduate​ Party | Halloween Party | CEVA | Colloquium | Budget Proposals | Headlight Anthology | Writers Read | Donuts Short Story Hour | Misc

Hello everyone.
Is everyone doing well?
This is the newsletter.
For you.
Are you comfortable?
This is what is pertinent to us at the moment.

Annual Graduate Party

We heard about this through Bonnie.
Dr.s Furlani and Languay are hosting the Annual Graduate Party.
Saturday October 21st
7pm – 11pm
4703 Rue Saint Hubert.
That’s like a 6 minute walk in a North West Zig Zag from the Mont-Royal Metro.
Save the date.
They’re going to announce who won the department prizes.
Come out and congratulate these people.
Get to know them.

Halloween Party

We’re throwing a Halloween Party!
Oct 28th. Saturday. 7:30-8pm or so.
At Sandra’s place.
Thanks Sandra.
Sandra’s place is 6652 Rue de Bordeaux.
That’s like a 10 minute walk South East from the Fabre Metro.
We can can comfortably fit 30 people.
We will set up decorations.
Very spooky, but inviting.
There are cats. Keep the door closed.
Everyone will have a nice time.
Candy. Sandra’s spiced wine (Thanks Sandra).
Bring stuff too. Pitch in. Be a good guest.
Put on a costume. You don’t have to.
Contest-[Costume] / Monster Mash.
Kenneth Anger DVD with the sound off.


The Committee for Equity and
Visibility in Academia is currently
looking for new members for the
2017-2018 academic year.
If you’re interested in being part
of this initiative, please e-mail
Jen Tracy (
by the end of this weekend.

Colloquium – Animal Print

It’s the 16th Annual one of these [Colloquiums].
There’s a Deadline for Academic Papers/Proposals
It’s Nov 10th.
A pretty detailed thematic explanation as well as all of the requirements and subsequent process…
essentially everything you need to know is here
If you do have any questions though, you can send them to

Budget Proposals

This is pretty exciting:
We have a 400$ surplus from last year.
There is an open call for what to spend this money on.
Deadline November 1, 2017
SAGE has previously funded:

CEVA (The Committee for Equity and Visibility in the Academy)
Concordia Write Nights
SAGE Coffee Talks
The Indigenous Lit Festival
The Media and Design Stipend
Student Stipends for Conference Travel


This comes straight from the top [Emily Crompton]

“Headlight is looking for a treasurer to
join the journal’s masthead.
If you are interested, please contact
Also keep an eye out for their call for
submissions that will shortly be released.”

Thanks Emily!

Writers Read Concordia

As of right now, we still have two readers in October:
Poets: Daphne Marlatt & Erin Moure
They’re both Friday, October 27th in the York Amphitheatre [ EV 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine]
We read them in class, and we really liked them.
“I think I saw one at a party, but I can’t be sure.”
If I don’t get to writing another one of these November (Cold season)
Playwright: Marina Carr (Co-Sponsored by the Department of Irish Studies)
Friday, November 3rd in the York Amphitheatre [ EV 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine]
Suzette Mayr
Friday, November 17th in the York Amphitheatre [ EV 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine]
Details on their website.

Donuts Short Story Hour

These folks have a pretty good Facebook page
Join them for donuts and great stories


There’s like a billion things you can do in your life
Here are some things that crossed our desk in the last few days
Usually through Bonnie.

SLS Photo Contest

One lucky winner will receive free tuition to either SLS Georgia or SLS Kenya in 2018. Find more details on their SLS Facebook page

SLS Poetry and Fiction Contest

SLS, in connection with its upcoming programs in Georgia (July 2018) and Kenya (December 2018), and in conjunction with Fence magazine, is currently running its 2018 literary contest.

Election Results

The election results are in! Your new SAGE Council members are:

Academic Rep: Jennifer Breaux
Creative Rep: Melanie Power
VP Administration: Miles Forrester

Thank you to everyone who voted and everyone who ran in the election. We look forward to working together to bring you exciting SAGE events this year!

Nomination Results

Nominations for SAGE elections are in. Read up on our candidates below and make sure to vote this Friday, September 29.

Academic Rep

Jennifer Breaux

When I was an undergraduate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, I was a part of the undergraduate honors association for English majors titled “Sigma Tau Delta.” Part of my responsibilities was to attend departmental meetings that concerned undergraduates, and as a result, I was able to familiarize myself with the instructors within my department. Also, under Sigma Tau Delta, I shadowed the EGSA (English Graduate Student Association) specifically concerning their organizing the Global South Conference, a local academic conference held in Louisiana. I was then able to see the process of approving papers for presentation at the conference as well as the organization of panels up close.  Lastly, I was also a member of the sorority Gamma Rho Lambda, and once a month I attended a meeting with the Student Government Association, an undergraduate organization that involves all student-led organizations to vote on various issues such as funding attendance to conferences for undergraduates, amendments to the students’ bill of rights, and approval for organizations to program campus events. I enjoyed this work as an undergraduate, and I’m excited at the prospect of being an academic representative for SAGE. I believe I will be equipped to handle the responsibilities as a representative from what I’ve done as an undergraduate.

Creative Rep

Mia Poirier

I believe I’d be a good candidate because I am very interested in connecting more with the English Department. I want my time at Concordia to be more than just attending class. I’ve been in Creative Writing for a while; I am familiar with the faculty and students, and consider myself friendly and well spoken! I know this position is fairly introductory, still I would want to put my best foot forward and step up to the role.

Melanie Power

“I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass,” Walt Whitman writes in his poem “Song of Myself,” detailing a languid practice of lazy leaning and loafing. I have all the work-ethic that Whitman lacks in this poem. My passions include: trying to make the world more beautiful and dismantling the patriarchy, both mostly with poetry. I am also reliable, responsible and can write sonnets.

VP Administration

Miles Forrester

I have experience working with similar committees in undergrad (I was an executive member of the Visual Arts Student Association at York University) and after graduation (I was an executive member of The White House Studio Project (artist run centre in Toronto’s Kensington Market)).

Fall Newsletter

Welcome and welcome back to grad school! Those of us at the Student Association for Graduates in English are looking forward to working with and for you in the coming year. To kick off the semester, here’s what we have lined up:

Welcome Back Party

Join us on Friday, September 29 at Reggies bar, located on the second floor of the Hall Building (1455 De Maisonneuve Boulevard W.) for a welcome back dance party, DJ-ed by our very own Robin. Doors open at 8:00 PM. Feel free to bring your partners and besties.

Fall General Assembly

Before getting ready to party, stop by the General Assembly on September 29 @ 3:00 PM in LB 646. We’ll be providing an overview of what SAGE has planned for the year and how our finances will be distributed. This is also the time for bylaws to be proposed and adopted/rejected by vote, so do make sure you’re here to have your voice heard.

Elections for SAGE Council

SAGE is holding elections for the following positions on Council:

  • VP Administration: Records minutes, manages social media, publishes newsletter twice annually (once in fall, once in winter)
  • Academic Representative: Represents graduate students in the academic stream, attends department meetings, and liaises with CASE, faculty, and staff
  • Creative Representative: Represents graduate students in the creative stream, attends creative writing faculty meetings, liaises with faculty and staff

Involvement with Council offers students a direct say in their academic experience at Concordia, as well as the opportunity to engage in dialogue with faculty and administration. The dates of the election process are as follows:

  • Nominations: Tuesday September 19 to Monday September 25
  • Campaign: Tuesday September 26 to Thursday September 28
  • Elections: Friday September 29 in person in the Graduate Student Lounge or via e-mail (details to be confirmed later this month)

For more information about the positions and current members, please check out the team or send us an e-mail at On September 29 when you join us for the General Assembly and our Welcome Back Party, make sure you take a moment to exercise your democratic right and vote!

Join the Colloquium Team

The 16th annual English Graduate Colloquium at Condordia is presently seeking team members to vet and edit papers and to help manage the event space during our conference on March 23 and 24, this year titled Animal Print. The full details of the call can be found here.

If interested in the position, please submit a brief paragraph of intent stating why you would be a good fit for the team and detailing which tasks interest you to by Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

Headlight Anthology

Headlight Anthology is a student-run literary journal that publishes poetry, prose, and visual art annually in print. We’re currently hiring a managing editor and treasurer. Interested students can send their resume and cover letter to by September 22.


The Committee for Equity and Visibility in the Academy aims to maintain an open dialogue between students, faculty, and administration on issues of representation and visibility. If this initiative is something you wish to get involved with, you can contact the organizers at


Election Time!

Calling all Graduate Students!

The nominations are in and your candidates for President, VP Internal, VP Social, and Treasurer are listed below!

The election will be held on Wednesday, October 5. Although some of these positions only have one candidate, you still need to vote. All SAGE Council members must be voted in through election, or they will not be eligible to perform their duties.

Voting will be open in person from 10 AM to 5 PM on October 5 in the Graduate Lounge (locker room, LB-660), or via email at any time between 12 AM and 5 PM on October 5. If voting via email, please write the name of your preferred candidate beside positions with multiple candidates, or write “Yes” or “No” beside uncontested positions. A ballot template has been provided!

Please include your student ID when voting so we can ensure no one votes twice and that all votes come from SAGE members.

Our CRO for the election will be Sandy Martin, and SAGE members who are not running for Council will be manning the physical polling station.

Once elected, the new Council members will begin their term on October 5, 2016.

Here are the nominees!


poo3Academic Representative #1: Jen Tracy

My name is Jen and I am a first year MA student in the academic stream. A fierce lover of democracy, for this blurb I have decided to let the people speak for themselves:

“What, you want me to just describe you? Okay, um, Jen is a funny, kind person who I’ve known for 11 years and… is good at snowboarding…? I don’t know Jen, this is weird.” -my friend Lauren.

“She can be a little too, well, she needs to remember, there are certain dates and things she needs to remember to acknowledge in other people’s lives, like her mother’s and her sister’s birthdays.” -my mum, Harriet.

Recently, I asked for some feedback on the TA conference I lead. A number of students described the conference as “good” and “relaxed.” Other students had “nothing much to say.” One glowing review said that “Conference seems great. I haven’t had a lot of experience with which to compare it.” -anonymous

“Jean makes mean chai from scratch!” -my roommate, Laura.

Hopefully these testimonials convince you why I would be an outstanding choice for academic representative on the SAGE council. This I do promise, that I will not forget to go to faculty meetings like I have consistently forgotten my sister’s birthday. Thank you very much.

poo1Academic Representative #2: Carmelo Marsala

I am a hard worker, with an eye for perspective. I do not take the thoughts, interests, or ideals of my peers, superiors or colleagues for granted, and have the greatest respect for others. I enjoy the prospect of thinking with others, and all but embrace the notion of being allowed to grow as a community in an environment of courtesy and equality. My interests lie squarely on prospects of thought, truth, and language, and the interrelation between meaning and sound. As such, I cannot help but appreciate the value of clear and concise communication, and admire the variance and quality of opinion. I believe that bias, however insurmountable, is an obstacle which is, although unconquerable, always meant to be opposed.

poo2Creative Representative: Emily Jane Crompton


I am a student in the creative stream. While my personal focus is poetry, I will indiscriminately represent fiction and non-fiction writers, and any incoming to outgoing student who is interested in making new and lovely things to read. My past experiences include helping at weekly writing workshops, acting as an editor-in-chief for 7 Mondays, and sitting on the selection committee for the Graham Atlantic Creative Writing Prize in 2016. I’m looking forward to drawing on the skills I’ve developed during my undergraduate and am looking forward to participating in a larger departmental community as the creative rep.

VP Administration: Kaitlynn McCuaigpoo4

Hello email list of the chosen,

I’m Kaitlynn McCuaig, I come from the Toronto area, and I have spent the last 20 years or so trying to decide on an artistic form (or at least narrow it down to a manageable handful). Prose writer, amateur photographer, visual artist, television and film enthusiast, social performer, musician that’s forgotten how to play, and general art- and school-lover, I’m in the English creative stream and am actively trying to make the most of an experience my solitary, ground-squirrel nature would otherwise have me retreat from.

I’m fascinated with art as a cultural influence that brings like minds together, invested in issues of advocacy and representation in the Canadian and North American context, and as I’m interested in training myself to be a more social creature, the position of VP Admin (as it has been described to me) sounds like an excellent exercise in social yoga (that may also benefit the program or something like that).

I also promise double recesses if moved from a nominated party to an elected one, and a more-or-less constant presence on the internet for contact, social media and blog-related purposes. Thank you for your consideration!

These are your candidates, SAGE. The choice is yours. On October 5, help us help you by choosing the first four members of next year’s Council.


SAGE Council

Election Results!

Hello, SAGE members!
The results are in from Friday’s election and your first four 2016-2017 SAGE Council members have been chosen!
President: Ariane Legault
VP Internal: Torin McLachlan
VP Social: Liam Lachance
Treasurer: Brieanna Lebel
Thank you to everyone who voted and everyone who ran! These newly elected Council members will assume their positions onJune 1, 2016.
The election’s over, but we still have a few matters to wrap up. Don’t forget to come to our General Assembly this Wednesday, April 27 at 3:30 PM in LB 646 (poster attached). A friendly reminder that if you have something you want discussed in our last GA of the 2015-2016 school year, you need to ask us to add it to the agenda sometime today! We will send out the agenda by tomorrow afternoon.
Hope to see you there, SAGE members!
 AGA poster

It’s Election Time!

Calling all Graduate Students!

The nominations are in and your candidates for President, VP Internal, VP Social, and Treasurer are listed below!

The election will be held on Friday, April 22. Although some of these positions only have one candidate, you still need to vote. All SAGE Council members must be voted in through election, or they will not be eligible to perform their duties.

Voting will be open in person from 10 AM to 5 PM on April 22 in the Graduate Lounge (locker room), or via email at any time between 12 AM and 5 PM on April 22. If voting via email, please write the name of your preferred candidate beside positions with multiple candidates, or write “Yes” or “No” beside uncontested positions. A ballot template has been provided!

Please include your student ID when voting so we can ensure no one votes twice and that all votes come from SAGE members.

Our CRO for the election will be Mona’a Malik, and SAGE members who are not running for Council will be manning the physical polling station.

Once elected, the new Council members will begin their term on June 1, 2016.

Here are the nominees!


List of reasons why you should vote for me:

  • A vote for me is a vote for chocolate – I promise to bring tiny coloured Easter eggs sporadically throughout the year and spread them around the department.
  • Democratic values will prevail, with an emphasis on inclusivity and tolerance – I promise not to turn into a dictator and conspire to take over the world.
  • A concern for aesthetics – I promise to brighten those atrocious grad study rooms. While destroying walls to create windows may be out of my power, I will attempt to make them slightly more bearable.

giphy2Most importantly, I am deeply invested. I care a great deal about this department – both in its current form and future manifestation. Over the years, I have worked in affiliation with social organizations such as QPIRG and Divest Concordia for the betterment of a campus that emphasizes the respect of diversity and the importance of social responsibility. As president of this upcoming year, I promise to maintain an unwavering commitment to equity; I am acutely aware that academic and creative growth is contingent on having a safe environment within which it can be nurtured. Tolerance, respect, and active listening are values that I will uphold and personally ensure that the department does so too.

As for my organisational skills, I am annoyingly meticulous about getting things done in a timely fashion. While this has its downfalls – most notably, on my stress level – it allows those whom I work with to maintain a clear and constant notion of what is happening and what remains to be done. I will inevitably carry this trait to my presidency as it is an integral part of my personality which I can’t get rid of – trust me, I’ve tried.

It all comes down to this: As president, I am mouthpiece working for you guys. I will ensure that your concerns are being heard and treated in a concrete and respectful manner.


giphy1I would love to continue my involvement with SAGE Council by serving as VP Internal during the second year of my MA. Serving as the SAGE Academic Rep for the past year has given me a good working knowledge of faculty/staff/cohort relations, and I feel confident that I can put that knowledge to use in representing and mobilising the concerns and aspirations of SAGE members from both streams. Having sat on a few organising/sub-committees this year and co-developed a successful grant proposal to fund various initiatives within the department, I also feel well-situated to leverage my experience to support next year’s event organisers, schemers, and/or dreamers. I continue to marvel at the industry and imagination of the people in this program, and hope to work alongside them in developing important creative and critical contributions to the Concordia community and wider world.


giphy3I’m interested in helping out as the VP Social because an advantage of our program seems to be all the reading/writing events and the literary community here at Concordia and in Montreal. Some examples of events that stay with me include Jess Bebenek’s group poetry readings at the Centre for Expanded Poetics, Tess’ Writers Read, Monstrous Impositions and the truly amazing Off The Page festival, as well as the lovely Caterina Incisa’s Lit Pop series. I also had the pleasure of being with a gorgeous team of prom organizers who conspired to pull off quite a ‘unique’ prom, and I’d be interested in helping repeat a mild to significant variation of next year. I’ve also had the chance to host a series of creative writing events with Concordia Write Nights in a variety of random spaces such as the Biodome, and I’ll be hosting a similar series next year so that academic and creative stream students have a chance to write together.

As the VP Social I would also aim to welcome our arriving students with some key events, something along the lines of the ultra creative and very cool Tiny Room Series that’s been hosted by the always wonderful Karissa ‘LA-rock’ LaRoque. I would also like to make better use of the Richler Room. We hosted a successful event there this past winter due to the work of Chalsley Taylor, Kate Sterns, and Jason Camlot, so I’m optimistic that going forward we can continue to integrate the room into the program. Also, if we haven’t had the chance to meet, I’m very open to collaborating with others, and I’m invested in ensuring and learning about accessibility and diversity in the program. As VP Social I’d aim to bring forward these values of collaboration and creativity – feel free to contact me at if you have any event suggestions in mind!



I think supporting SAGE as treasurer would be great way to contribute to the English program. I even have a bit of experience dealing with budgets/payouts as I was the financial manager for my partner’s band when they a received a US grant to tour in the UK for a month in 2012. Embarrassing fact: I actually think that spreadsheets and all that jazz are a pretty good time!




I am interested in getting more involved in Concordia’s student life and becoming SAGE’s treasurer gives me a great opportunity to do so. I see becoming treasurer as an opportunity to represent Concordia’s English grad department and as a chance to work with great people in the program. I’m organized and I work well under pressure so I don’t think this responsibility would interfere with my school work and I’m confident that I would be able to be a good treasurer.

These are your candidates, SAGE. The choice is yours. On April 22, help us help you by choosing the first four members of next year’s Council.


SAGE Council

SAGE Special General Assembly: Race, Respect, Responsible Marking

On February 12 at 1:30 PM, all SAGE members (any MA or PhD student in Concordia’s English program) are invited to come for a Special General Assembly discussing the matters of representation of POC in the department, reducing bias in marking, and kitchen access for grad students. This SGA has been called following concerns raised by SAGE members on all of these counts.

The agenda is as follows:
1. Chair’s Remarks
2. Representation of POC in the department
3. Marking bias
4. Kitchen access
5. Adjournment

The agenda cannot be amended.

Supplementary materials will be posted here. SAGE’s introductory background material on the genesis of this SGA will be posted here shortly, and circulated to the cohort via email. SAGE members are encouraged to comment on this event with further reading that they believe is pertinent to these matters.

If you cannot attend, but would like to make your thoughts on these issues heard, you are free to express them here, or to send written comments to to be read aloud at the SGA.

RSVP on Facebook.

Election Party

Join SAGE at McKibbin’s on Bishop at 7 PM on October 19 as we watch the results of the 2015 federal election come in!

Though we are unable to put forth any partisan messages, we can say with some certainty that on October 19, 2015, something or another will happen to our country, that may or may not be positive, and some students may be happy about that thing that happens, while other students may not.

Come commiserate and drink with us as we try not to mortally offend anyone with our politics! Don’t forget to use the buddy system to ensure no SAGE member gets into a bar fight. The pen is mightier than your pint glass.