As ACPA Editors, we wish to 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 be introduced to the current Managing Editor of the ACPA and learn what they have to offer towards the diversity of the archive and will find evidence of their love for poetry, their desire to reach other students, and how their time with the ACPA helped lead them towards their latest endeavors. Take a minute to read their story and appreciate their work for the archive you now find yourself delving into!
1. What year were you Managing Editor of the ACPA?
I am Managing Editor of the ACPA for 2017.
2. What did you study (are currently studying) at STU? Where did that take you (will take you)?
I will be starting my fourth year at St. Thomas in the fall (2017). I am studying English Honours with a Concentration in Creative Writing, with a minor in Irish Studies. As for where it will take me, I’m not completely sure yet – I’m currently torn between going on to Masters, going into Library Sciences, or even going into publishing. Anything that brings me into contact with books, or literature, is a path I’ll consider taking!
3. What intrigued you about the ACPA?
It’s difficult to find critical analyses of Atlantic Canadian literature – and finding peer-reviewed articles is something of a rarity. So when I found out from Dr. Kathleen McConnell that the ACPA was created – in part – to remedy this, I was intrigued. I’ve always found it amazing when someone says “Oh, this doesn’t exist yet? I guess we’ll just have to make it ourselves, then.” This, I suppose, is how many things get invented. Yet it never ceases to amaze.
4. What did you enjoy most about editing the ACPA?
One thing I really enjoy about editing the ACPA is the process of compiling the entries. Fact checking, source finding, tracking down the people who hold permissions for a poem – it’s like one giant mystery, and I’m the detective. Not to mention the fact that I enjoy spelling and grammar.
Another part that I enjoy about editing the ACPA is that I get to encounter so many great poems that I may not have found out about otherwise, plus I end up learning a lot about so many great poets.
5. Why should people be interested in what the ACPA has to offer?
The ACPA offers the opportunity for discovery. The discovery of a new favourite poet, a new collection of poetry to read, even a new interpretation of a poem you already know. The site allows you to easily explore the poetry of Atlantic Canada while giving students (and other contributors) a chance at putting academic work out there and getting it published on a publicly available platform. It’s an incredible resource – both for students and other visitors to the site.
The ACPA wouldn't be what it is today without our past Editors. Take a minute to appreciate their work by reading their story here.