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Roy Miki and the Kootenay School of Writing

Thursday, July 17, 2008 | 11:08 PM ET
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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

Edmonton: Profile of Yi Li

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 | 06:12 PM ET

Yi Li moved here ten years ago as a student. Now she's a professor of English as a second language at the University of Alberta. Hear her story. (Runs 5:18)

Smaro Kamboureli on Roy Miki

Monday, May 12, 2008 | 09:04 PM ET
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Smaro Kamboureli, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Critical Studies in Canadian Literature at the School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph (Maria Gilli/Greece)

Smaro Kamboureli will give the keynote address at the closing of the Tracing the Lines Symposium. Here she reflects on Roy Miki's life, work and legacy. Video clips courtesy of CBC Archives.

Roy Miki is one of a handful of Canadians that I know whose life course and career path can be described accurately only by resorting to superlatives. What makes him so exceptional is that he exemplifies what Antonio Gramsci calls an organic intellectual: someone who, rooted in a community and its local struggles, also engages in an equally committed fashion with various institutions and the nation to effect change for society at large. Dr. Miki has done this through cultural and political activism, teaching, scholarship, and poetry.

Whether it is in relation to the Redress movement of Japanese Canadians, the Writing thru Race conference sponsored by the Writers’ Union of Canada, writing and editing in the areas of Canadian literature in general and Asian Canadian literature in particular, or pedagogy inside and outside the classroom, Dr. Miki’s publications, cultural activities and social activism have demonstrated, and have done so over a long span of time, a dedication and commitment to change that are virtually unparalleled.

For example, because of his fundamental belief in justice, especially justice as it pertains to the effects of racialization and racism, Dr. Miki took on two of the most significant struggles about race relations and culture in recent Canadian history whose outcomes have had, and will continue to have, a lasting impact on Canadian society and culture.

Continue reading to see video clips of Roy Miki from CBC's Archives

Studio One Book Club: Padma Viswanathan

Thursday, April 24, 2008 | 06:07 PM ET
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New Face of Fiction: Padma Viswanathan

Studio One Book Club: Padma Viswanathan

North by Northwest
CBC Radio One 690 AM

Listen this year's New Face of Fiction, Padma Viswanathan and her riveting debut novel The Toss of a Lemon on CBC Radio Studio One Book Club

This book club was hosted by Sheryl MacKay and special guest co-host Jen Sookfong Lee (last year's New Face of Fiction).