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 Managed the ACPA from May to August of 2015.
2. What did you study (are currently studying) at STU? Where did that take you (will take you)?
I am currently in my last year of study at STU, pursuing a B.A. in English Honours with Minors in French and Psychology. I plan on furthering my B.A. by using my skills in STU’s Education program. Working as the ACPA Managing Editor helped develop my skills as a reader and writer, which I know will benefit my education, and someday, my class full of eager high school English students!
3. What intrigued you about the ACPA?
I was first introduced to the ACPA when I took Dr. Kathleen McConnell’s Contemporary Atlantic Canadian Poetry Honours Seminar (English 4426) at STU. And to be honest? Nothing about that course initially intrigued me. As Honours students, we had two choices of seminars – and I had chosen the other one. But when time can to register, the other course had quickly filled, so my advisor had no other choice than to stick me with some poetry. But if I am again honest, this was one of the greatest mix ups STU has ever offered me! After taking Dr. McConnell’s class, I have grown to love the diversity of Atlantic Canadian Poetry and find myself constantly checking for poets’ newest publications.
But back to the ACPA: in ENGL 4426, we had two ACPA assignments where we had to write an ACPA entry to be graded and put on the website. So, my first exposure to the ACPA was slightly stressful since it was the first assignment I had in my Honours career. However, once I began researching and developing ideas for the entry, I really was intrigued towards the diversity of poets found on the archive and I wanted to find a poet similarly unique so as to further the archive’s depth.
4. What did you enjoy most about editing the ACPA?
I enjoyed that while editing the ACPA I was given full permission to read as much poetry as I wanted! Because editing requires that every entry is as accurate as possible, I spent time reading about the poets and their various works to critically check the submitted entries. Again, this furthered my understanding of the archive’s diversity, which in turn increased my appreciation for it.
Similarly, I love seeing the diversity in student writing. There have been many entries where I read the poem, then the critical analysis, and was either surprised or impressed on the interpretation offered. Some entries were extremely well written while others caused be to stop and question the author’s interpretation, re-visit the poem, and then change my perspective. When my initial perception of a work is challenged, it signals to me that the author has stated their case strongly and with confidence. Not only does this provide me with fun reading, but it inspires me to teach the next generation of writers (my future students as an English teacher) to analyze, think critically, and effectively express their opinion.
5. Why should people be interested in what the ACPA has to offer?
As students, this archive is an amazing resource to get you started on your research of Atlantic Canadian Poetry. It will provide you with new interpretations of poems, further your critical analysis skills, and introduce you to works you may have otherwise never read.
As visitors of the site, this archive provides you with exciting material to read! Whether you are an Atlantic Canadian or not, recognizing the value of this work is the main goal of the ACPA, and you taking the time to read such work is the first step towards accomplishing the archive’s purpose.
As contributors to the site, you should be proud of the hard work you put in not only to your entry, but to the archive as a whole. You know what it means to research and write on an accomplished poet, so take some time to read the entries of your fellow students. You never know what kind of inspiration they will give you!
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.