Colloquium Meeting — Monday, September 28

Hello all!

The first meeting of the 2015-2016 Colloquium Committee will take place on Monday, September 28 at 3:45 PM in LB-651.

This meeting is open to all SAGE members interested in organizing the 14th Annual Concordia English Graduate Colloquium. The bigger the Committee is, the easier a job it is, so please come out if you’re interested. 

Some members of last year’s Colloquium Committee will be present to explain more about the tasks the Committee performs, to introduce this year’s Committee to the resources available to them, and to answer any questions.

The Colloquium Committee is a valuable opportunity for grad students to gain experience in event-planning, grant-writing, networking, graphic design, and website maintenance, among other skills. Last year, the Colloquium had presenters from across the country, presenting academic, creative, and hybrid work, and our keynote speaker was George Elliott Clarke, Poet Laureate of Toronto.

To learn more about the Colloquium, visit the website at If you have any questions, or would like to be part of the Committee but cannot attend Monday’s meeting, drop us a line at

See you soon,



SAGE Newsletter August 2016

Hello English Graduates!

This is SAGE’s first newsletter of the academic year. As such, there’s a fair bit of information to cover, but we’ll try to do it concisely so that you can digest it quickly and get back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Graduate Orientation!

All returning and incoming grads should have received the introductory email about Graduate/TA Orientation on Friday, September 4. This is a reminder that the session will start at 9:45am in LB-649 and will last through to the afternoon. There will be a wine and cheese event at 3pm following orientation which will be a good opportunity to meet both students and faculty.

Graduate Party!

On Saturday, September 5th, SAGE will be hosting a party for all English grads! This will be a more informal event than the orientation and reception from the day previous. The party will be held at 6065 Sherbrooke West, Apt. 5 and grads and partners are welcome from 8pm onwards!

(Note: There will be dogs present, so apologies for any people with allergies.)

Headlight Anthology!

Headlight Anthology, Concordia’s grad student-run literary and visual arts anthology, is offering a call for Editor-in-Chief positions for the 2015-2016 academic year. If you’re interested in getting involved, submit a CV and brief cover letter to by Sunday, September 6th, 2015.To view the position description, click here.

Colloquium Committee!

The English Graduate Colloquium Committee will be struck in early September. Interested students should email by Friday, September 11, 2015. The committee is responsible for organizing the English Department’s graduate conference, to be held in March 2016, and is a great opportunity to develop event-planning skills and network with students and scholars nationwide!

Concordia Write Nights!

CWN is a new SAGE initiative which gathers students from Concordia and elsewhere, along with community members, to work on their creative and academic writing in focused write-ins, as well as improve their creative writing through workshops. All are welcome! Dates have yet to be set, but information about meeting times through the Fall and Winter semesters will be posted here!

SAGE Council!

SAGE will be holding elections in September for the following positions on Council:

  • VP Administration
  • Academic Representative
  • Creative Representative

Getting involved with Council allows students to have a direct say in their academic experience at Concordia and gives members the opportunity to engage with faculty and administration. A solid stepping-stone for grads interested in student politics and administrative skill-building!

For more information about the positions and current members, please check out the team!

There you have it! The first SAGE newsletter of the 2015/16 academic year! In an effort to ensure all English grads receive adequate notice about the goings-on of their department, please keep an eye out for upcoming newsletters. (We will not spam you, honest.) Also, if you have not already, please join the Concordia English Graduate Students (SAGE) group on Facebook – there will be more frequent updates regarding official SAGE and English Department events, but also unofficial events from McGill, UdeM, and other local groups that may not be included in our newsletters.

Thank you for reading! We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones on Friday/Saturday! If you ever have any questions, concerns, or comments, please do not hesitate to email them to – let us know what you need from your department. Good luck with your upcoming studies!


Spring General Assembly

The SAGE Spring General Assembly will take place on Tuesday, April 7 at 12 pm in LB 659.

The SAGE Spring General Assembly will be a year-end review of what has happened and what has been spent during the school year. There will be a report from the Budget Committee, Headlight Anthology, and the English Graduate Colloquium Committee. There will also be a vote on the changes/additions to the SAGE By-laws, and a discussion of further anti-austerity measures in the wake of the April 2 strike. Last but not least, there will be a formal call for nominations for some positions in a new SAGE Council for the 2015-2016 school year.

The Spring GA Agenda, last GA meeting minutes, and the new SAGE By-laws will be circulated by email and will be posted on our website.

Facebook Event

Agenda SAGE AGA 2015

October 21 SAGE minutes

SAGE General By-laws March 26 2015

SAGE Statement on the 13th Annual Graduate English Colloquium

Dear English Department Faculty,

This year we held the 13th Annual Concordia University Graduate English Colloquium. Our theme was “The Odd Couple,” and through this theme we attempted to embody the unique nature and charm of this exceptional department. Our panels featured academic, creative and hybrid papers on topics that ranged from “Gyrating Geographies” to “Dystopian Dreams.” Our keynote speaker, George Elliott Clarke, attended and participated in our successful creative reading night and gave an animated keynote address on Alice Munro. Attendance was excellent and we received positive feedback from participants and guests alike. Without the departmental and faculty support we received, none of this would have been possible.

On behalf of the graduate students in this department, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to the English department and the faculty members that made this year’s success possible. A special thanks to Professor Cynthia Quarrie for her help as faculty liaison and her excellent welcome address. Also a big thank you to Sharon Frank, Bonnie-Jean Campbell, and Beth Crevier for their endless support with the details. Thank you also to Professor Manish Sharma for his support.

We are now looking towards next year’s colloquium. The support and feedback of the faculty is invaluable to us as graduate students. However, faculty attendance at this year’s colloquium was significantly lower than the previous year. For those who did attend, we are very grateful. Your comments on our presentations are always of the highest quality, and challenge us to perform at our full potential. You, the faculty, make us better thinkers, writers, and academics. In this vein, we would like to know how we can change the colloquium going forward to increase faculty attendance. If you were unable to attend because of the timing, or because the event was not clearly announced, let us know. We are attempting to increase the creative participation in this event and would like to increase the attendance of the creative writing faculty in particular. Whether a faculty member in the creative or academic stream, we need your feedback. Please speak to any of the students on the Colloquium Committee or the SAGE Council with your suggestions on how to make participation in the colloquium easier for you.

Thank you again for your support,

The Colloquium Committee

Rachel Burlock

Courtney Church

Megan Fitz-James

Matthew Lively

Amina Reaz

Amanda Ruffini

Caitlyn Spencer

Colin Young

The SAGE Council

Carrie Calvo

Alanna Bartolini

Colin Young

Sara Press

Megan Fitz-James

Courtney Church

Caitlyn Spencer