As ACPA Editors, we wish to give you accurate, relevant, and strongly written information on Atlantic Canadian poets and their works. Whether we were poetry enthusiasts or not before working for the ACPA, the archive has stirred a passion in us for the work in our backyard.
Below you will be introduced to the current Managing Editor of the ACPA and learn what she has to offer towards the diversity of the archive. Please take a minute to read her story. We hope you appreciate her as much as we do.
1. What year were you Managing Editor of the ACPA?
I'm currently the editor in the 2020-2021 academic year.
2. What did you study (are currently studying) at STU? Where did that take you (will take you)?
I am in my fourth and final year at STU. I am Honouring in English Language and Literature with a Concentration in Creative Writing, Majoring in Women & Gender Studies and Minoring in Sociology. I am also working as a Peer Tutor for the English department, and a Research Assistant for the Sociology department.
I came to STU with the intent to study creative writing, and that is still what I am pursuing. Kathy has really inspired me to become the best writer I can be, and always push myself. I have been accepted to the Master of Arts in English (Public Texts) program at Trent University. Once I finish my graduate degree, I hope to use the experience I gain at my internship during my MA to get a job as an editor full-time in the publishing industry.
3. What intrigued you about the ACPA?
I discovered the ACPA in my second year at STU in my Creative Writing Skills course, when Kathy tasked us with finding a poem on the website and writing a poem inspired by it. I worked with Triny Finlay's "Abstract Loss, 5." The archive excited me, because I had recently attended Poetry Weekend at UNB, and I could find the works of the poets I had heard read, and learn more about them. I encountered the ACPA again last year, in my Advanced Poetry Workshop course, where we had an assignment to write an entry for the website. I wrote the entry on Liliane Welch! I was really excited by this assignment because I felt like I was able to make Welch and her work more easily available to students, and poetry lovers in general, and that's what I hope to be able to do as the managing editor.
4. What did you enjoy most about editing the ACPA?
I love that I am working in my field, and that I am able to take all the skills I have compiled over my four years at STU and that they culminate in my effort on this project. I am able to employ my academic writing skills as well as the editing skills that I have learned as a creative writing student, and pour these into something I am passionate about. I am really honoured to be able to share the work of the most incredible Atlantic poets, many of whom I have had the honour to hear read before at UNB's Poetry Weekend or the Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conferences, and some who I have even been classmates with at STU. These people are really incredible.
5. Why should people be interested in what the ACPA has to offer?
The ACPA is more than just a resource for students. It's also a place to find out more about the poetry scene in Atlantic Canada. The Atlantic Canadian experience is very unique, and shapes us all in different ways. I think this is very present in poets' biographies, and their works. I also think the ACPA is special because there's such a range of poets represented here, from the older and more well-known poets' to young poets just emerging on the scene. As well, the ACPA uses student contributions, which I think is so important because it gives students like me and my classmates the opportunity to have a critical publications to our names.
The ACPA wouldn't be what it is today without our past managing editors. Take a minute to appreciate their work by reading their stories here.