2021 Poetry Contest – Submission Deadline November 24


The ESA is proud to announce we are now accepting submissions for our annual poetry contest. Undergraduate poets have an opportunity to express themselves creatively with the opportunity of winning a prize of $100!

The theme for this year is transformation, allowing poems to explore growth, preservation, and creation. After spending more than a year online, we are finally back in person and are slowly returning to normal. We were stuck at home, isolated from the world, in a state of stasis. Finally, in September, we emerged from our Covid cocoons — now is our time for transformation.

Submissions will be open until November 24 @ midnight. You can send your submission to englishstudents@uvic.ca.

Submissions should be anonymized (not including names within the document) but submitted as [Title of Poem]ESAPoetry2021.doc with the author’s name included in the email header.

We look forward to receiving your submission!

Movie Night: Pride and Prejudice (and other adaptations)

Join the ESA for a fun movie night of English classics!

Public Events

Show Your Shelf: Readers and Their Books

MA student Michael Carelse and Professor Mary Elizabeth Leighton are delighted to announce an upcoming series of Zoom roundtables entitled Show Your Shelf: Readers & Their Books. These roundtables will bring together UVic students, faculty, librarians, and alumni to share snapshots of their bookshelves and to talk briefly about their reading habits.

These roundtables will bring together UVic students, faculty, librarians, and alumni to share snapshots of their bookshelves and to talk briefly about their reading habits.

To register, please fill out the registration form here.

Crafting Communities: A Series of Victorian Object Lessons & Scholarly Exchanges in COVID Times

Co-organized by Karen Bourrier, Denae Dyck, Andrea Korda, Mary Elizabeth Leighton, & Vanessa Warne.

Co-sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada, and the Universities of Victoria, Alberta, & Manitoba.

Roundtable on Victorian Material Culture

9 March 2021, 10:00-11:15am PST on Zoom

Please join us for another lively Zoom roundtable which brings together scholars to talk about Victorian material culture! We will be discussing sea serpents, tea gowns, valentines, police uniforms, and scrapbooks.

Our presenters are:

  • Jordan Bear (University of Toronto)
  • Anne Bissonnette (University of Alberta)
  • Alice Crossley (University of Lincoln)
  • Kristen Guest (University of Northern British Columbia)
  • Alison Hedley (McGill University)

Everyone is welcome at this free event!

To register, please fill out the registration form here.This is our ninth event in a year-long series of 17 roundtables and workshops titled Crafting Communities: A Series of Victorian Object Lessons & Scholarly Exchanges in Covid Times. The full schedule of events appears on the Events webpage.

Workshop: Victorian Hair Art

This is the third workshop in our crafting series! Facilitators Vanessa Warne and hair artist Sandra Klowak will instruct participants in making Victorian hair art.

Feb 10 update: Registration is now full for this free event, but we’d be happy to have you join us in April. You can find the information and registration for the April workshop here.


2020 Poetry Contest

After careful deliberation, the ESA is excited to announce the winners of the 2020 Poetry Contest!

First place: Oja Taiye, “Moira Camp: The New Colossus”

Second place: Katherine DeCoste, “Eden”

Read Katherine DeCoste’s “Eden” on the ESA blog!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their work to the contest this year!

ESA Events

Myth and Folklore Trivia Night

Join the ESA for our fall trivia night! This year’s theme is Myth and Folklore! Bring your Vaccine Passports and play to have fun, eat free food, and have the chance to win some special ESA prizes!

An Afternoon of Poetry with jaye simpson

jaye will be reading selections of their poetry and prose from their debut collection, it was never going to be okay, which was published in October of 2020. 

it was never going to be okay explores the intimacies of understanding intergenerational trauma, Indigeneity and queerness, while addressing urban Indigenous diaspora and breaking down the limitations of sexual understanding as a trans woman. 

Those who wish to attend will be able to listen to jaye’s reading of their amazing poetry and may (if time allows) be able to ask jaye questions in a brief Q&A toward the end of the event. 

Thank you to all who attended this lively reading and discussion! Stay tuned for more exciting events.

Trivia Nights

Want to shamelessly flex your in-depth knowledge of Middle Earth, Hogwarts, Panem, and more? Check out ESA trivia nights—always literary, always competitive, always a great time.

When? October 25 @ 5:30pm

Link: https://uvic.zoom.us/j/88017076279

Special Collections

Each semester, the ESA collaborates with UVic Special Collections to showcase rare materials and give students a peek into the whimsical world of book history and archive studies.

When? TBA

Link: coming soon

Panels and Speakers

Panels and guest speakers let us learn about scholarship happening right now, both at UVic and abroad. We will be updating this section with the latest literary panels, so stay tuned!

When? TBA

Link: coming soon

“Do anything, but let it produce joy.”

Walt Whitman