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Roy Miki and the Kootenay School of Writing

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Roy Miki in the foreground, with others assembled at Spartacus Books to hear Miki read on January 31, 2007. (photo from Kootenay School of Writing.)
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In addition to his academic and activist work, Roy Miki has been an active member of the Vancouver literary community for many years. Though he was never a member of the Kootenay School of Writing (commonly known as the KSW) Miki and the KSW occupy the same shared history of the west coast's literary world. For example, Roy founded the influential literary journal West Coast Line, which has published many KSW affiliated writers over the years.

The KSW's extensive online audio archives include the following readings from Roy, which you can listen to by accessing the links below to the KSW archives page:

Continue reading to watch a clip about KSW's early years

Speaking of archives, we've unearthed the following gem from the vault: In this segment from a February 28, 1985 episode of CBC's Vancouver Life Anne Petrie interviews poet and instructor Tom Wayman on how to teach creative writing and how the KSW program differs from academic writing courses. Watch video (runs 3:47)

Watch for poet and KSW founding member Jeff Derksen sporting a near-Robert-Smith haircut, and pay attention to Petrie's closing assertion that the KSW "may not be around six months from now."

Twenty-three years later, the KSW is still going strong with the Positions Colloquium scheduled for August 2008.

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