The Canadian Literature Centre brings together authors, scholars, publishers, collectors and readers to celebrate the strength and diversity of Canada’s written culture. It promotes literary study as a future-oriented commitment to social betterment, and serves as a main source of information on authors and their works.

The mission of the CLC is to foster knowledge, reading, and appreciation of Canadian literatures, in English and in French, with a special focus on Indigenous, minoritized, and marginalized writing. The Centre aims to lead cutting-edge literary and interdisciplinary research.

Le Centre de littérature canadienne réunit des chercheurs, des auteurs, des éditeurs, des collectionneurs et des lecteurs pour célébrer la vitalité et la diversité des littératures du Canada. Il favorise les études littéraires et leur profond engagement à l’amélioration de la société, et il sert de source principale de renseignements sur les auteurs et leurs oeuvres.

La mission du CLC est de favoriser la connaissance, la lecture et l’appréciation des littératures canadiennes d’expression française et anglaise, avec un accent particulier sur l’écriture autochtone, minoritaire et marginalisée. Le Centre se veut à l’avant-garde de la recherche littéraire et interdisciplinaire.

This popular reading series has quickly become an Edmonton favourite. The public, students and University staff are cordially invited to attend these noon-hour readings, to share coffee, cookies and their thoughts with the guest author. The sessions are informal, fun and educational.

Ces recontres littéraires populaires sont vite devenues un succès edontonien. Le public, les étudiants et le personnel universitaire sont cordialement invités à assister aux rencontres, prendre une collation et partager leurs idées avec l’auteur invité. Les scéances sont informelles, amusantes et éducatives.

Henry Kreisel was an author, University Professor and Officer of the Order of Canada. An Austrian-born Jew, Kreisel left his homeland for England in 1938 and was interned in Canada for 18 months during the Second World War. After studying at the University of Toronto, he began teaching in 1947 at the University of Alberta and served as Chair of English from 1961 until 1970. He served as Vice-President (Academic) from 1970 to 1975, and was named University Professor in 1975, the highest scholarly award bestowed on its faculty members by the University of Alberta. He was an inspiring and beloved teacher who taught generations of students to love literature and was one of the first people to bring the immigrant experience to modern Canadian literature. The Canadian Literature Centre is committed to ensuring his legacy through the annual Henry Kreisel Memorial Lecture.

Écrivain, professeur universitaire et Officier de l’Ordre du Canada, Henry Kreisel était d’origine autrichienne. En 1938, il quitta son pays natal pour l’Angleterre et fut interné pour une durée de dix-huit mois, au Canada, lors de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale. Après ses études à l’Université de Toronto, il devint professeur à l’Université de l’Alberta en 1947, et à partir de 1961 jusqu’à 1970, il y dirigea le département d’anglais. De 1970 à 1975, il fut vice-recteur (universitaire), et il fut nommé professeur hors rang en 1975, la plus haute distinction scientifique décernée par l’Université de l’Alberta à un membre de son professorat. Professeur adoré, il transmit l’amour de la littérature à plusieurs générations d’étudiants et il fut parmi les premiers écrivains modernes au Canada à aborder l’expérience immigrante. Le Centre de littérature canadienne se consacre à perpétuer son souvenir par l’entremise des conférences annuelles Henry Kreisel.

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Rita Wong and Tasha Beeds
Don’t miss our hybrid event featuring poet Rita Wong in conversation with scholar and Water Walker Tasha Beeds! This Brown Bag Lunch Reading will take place from 12 to 1 p.m. on Monday, February 6. Join us in person in Henderson Hall (Rutherford Library South 1-17), or watch via Zoom.

Click HERE to register to attend the reading via Zoom!

CLC Brown Bag Lunch Podcast with Moni Brar and Randy Lundy

Tune in to Episode 10 of the CLC Brown Bag Lunch Podcast! Randy Lundy and Moni Brar take us deep into their attachments to land and water, the complexities of which—for both poets—stem from childhoods spent in industrial towns. Their poetry shows us, through acts of noticing, how the land and water become kin and teacher.

Listen HERE!

Midis littéraires du CLC avec Marjorie Beaucage et Marie-Andrée Gill

Écoutez un nouvel épisode des midis littéraires du CLC avec la vidéaste activiste Métis Marjorie Beaucage et la poète Innue Marie-Andrée Gill. Dans l’épisode 11, c’est deux écrivaines renommées parlent de leur expérience formative—grandir dans le bois (Beaucage) et passer une adolescence au lac (Gill)—et la façon que ses expériences les ont aidées à développer un sens non seulement pour la justice social, mais aussi la justice pour les éléments.

Écoutez ICI!

2023 Kreisel Lecture with Wayde Compton
We are thrilled to announce the 2023 CLC Kreisel Lecture with multi-media writer, editor, and historian Wayde Compton! Please mark your calendars for March 8, 2023. His lecture, “Toward an Anti-Racist Poetics,” promises to probe Canada’s myths about race and multiculturalism and expand how we think about the role writers play in creating anti-racist imaginaries.
2023 CLC Poetry Contest:
"Land and Water"/«La terre et l'eau»

The Canadian Literature Centre, MacEwan University, and Athabasca University are once again teaming up to bring you the CLC Poetry Contest! We’re looking for the best poem in English or in French from a University of Alberta, MacEwan University, or Athabasca University student on the theme of “Land and Water.”

For more information, et la version française, cliquez ICIDeadline to submit is March 13, 2023.

CLC Masterclass with U of A Writer-in-Residence Bänoo Zan

We are pleased to announce our upcoming virtual masterclass with the University of Alberta's Writer-in-Residence, Bänoo Zan! Join us Monday, November 7, 2022, at 7 p.m. MST via Zoom. We welcome writers of all genres and levels of experience. 

Kreisel Series / Série Kreisel

In A Short History of the Blockade, award-winning writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson uses Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg stories, storytelling aesthetics, and practices to explore the generative nature of Indigenous blockades through our relative, the beaver—or in Nishnaabemowin, Amik.

Kreisel Series / Série Kreisel

In Next Time There’s a Pandemic, artist Vivek Shraya reflects on how she might have approached 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic differently, and how challenging and changing pervasive expressions, attitudes, and behaviours might transform our experiences of life in—and after—the pandemic.

2022 CLC Poetry Contest Winner

Congratulations Meghan Eaker, whose poem "nitohtamok êkwa wiya manâpekiswek" was chosen as the winner of the 2022 CLC Poetry Contest! Learn more about Meghan and read her poem.

2022 Kreisel Lecture with Cherie Dimaline

On April 21, 2022, we were honoured to welcome Georgian Bay Métis author Cherie Dimaline to the stage of the TIMMS Centre to deliver the 16th annual Kreisel Lecture, titled "An Anthology of Monsters: How Story Saves Us from Our Anxiety."

Watch the lecture on the CLC YouTube Channel!

2021 Kreisel Lecture with Vivek Shraya

From the archives: artist and writer Vivek Shraya reflects on how she might have approached 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, and what she wishes we collectively might have done differently.

Watch the lecture on YouTube and view the event programme.

Plus: listen to Vivek Shraya discuss Next Time There's a Pandemic on the May 21 episode of CBC Radio's The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers!

Virtual Book Launch: The Collected Poetry of Carol Shields
Lovers of Carol Shields won't want to miss the virtual launch of The Collected Poetry of Carol Shields edited by U of A Professor Emerita Nora Foster Stovel and introduced by CLC Director Sarah Krotz! Watch the dynamic event.
CLC Series / Cahiers du CLC

Check out the latest in the CLC Series / Cahiers du CLC: All the Feels / Tous Les Sens, edited by Marie Carrière, Ursula Mathis-Moser and Kit Dobson.


Cautiously Hopeful: Metafeminist Practices in Canada is the latest book from former CLC Director Marie Carrière, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.