Course Offerings, September 2022

k in bubbleIn September 2022 I will be teaching 2 sections of English 1130: Academic Writing, with the theme of “Climate Justice | Land Back” and 2 sections of English 1114: Reading Poetry. All four sections will be face to face at the Lam campus, although at times we may meet through Zoom. Of course, all of this is contingent on current BC health orders! I’m based at the Douglas College David Lam campus in Coquitlam, traditional unceded territory of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm First Nation. Please email me ( if you would like to see the syllabus for either course!   

English 1102: Readings in Literature + Culture

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2 sections, September 2022
Douglas College, David Lam Campus


In this class we will learn how to read poems and fall in love with poetry. Along the way we will study some amazing poems: free verse, constraint-driven poems, the sonnet, the ode, erotic biblical poetry, the blues. We’ll read Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. We’ll watch a film about Allen Ginsberg and the obscenity trial surrounding his poem “Howl,” as well as the Canadian animated film, Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming (2016). We’ll study poems from the perspective of working poets: as if we were writing them.

Required Text

I recommend that you purchase PAPER copies of The Puzzle of Poetry, the Coursepack, and Howl, as this allows you to make annotations and use sticky notes as you read . This is part of the close reading practice we will learn this term! However, I appreciate that some folks prefer to read on the screen, and make digital annotations….

  • John Marsh. The Puzzle of Poetry. Broadview Press, 2020. ISBN: 1554814820 ($28.25; also available as an e-book, $25.43). Available in the bookstore at Lam.)
  • English 1114 Coursepack. Kim Trainor. Douglas College Bookstore. (~$20). Available in the bookstore.
  • Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming. Dir. Ann Marie Fleming. 89 min. (Free). This is free to stream through the Douglas College library.
  • Allen Ginsberg. Howl and Other Poems. City Lights, 2001. [1956]. ISBN: 9780872860179 ($6.92; as Kindle, $1.99). Available in the bookstore at Lam.
  • Howl. Dir. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. 85 minutes. (Free). This is free to stream through the Douglas College library.
  • Other poems and materials available on Blackboard or distributed in class. (Free).

English 1130: Academic Writing

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Ada’itsx / Fairy Creek, Fall 2022

2 sections, September 2022
Douglas College, David Lam Campus


One of the best ways to learn to write academic prose is to read it. To this end, the academic readings for this section of 1130 will explore the theme of climate change and climate justice. We’ll read popular and academic articles that focus on social climate action movements, with a particular focus on Indigenous-organized actions in BC and Alberta. All of the textbooks are available online and are free.

Along the way we will study the elements of academic writing that make it a distinct genre: appropriate use of citation and summary; placement of sources in conversation with each other; the significant features of introductions and conclusions to academic papers; patterns of development (ways of structuring the argument); thesis statements; abstractions; APA citation style. We will also learn how to effectively search for and evaluate popular and academic (peer-reviewed) sources. By the end of the term you will produce a six-page research paper in appropriate academic style.

PLEASE NOTE!!: This course will be primarily FACE TO FACE in September 2022, assuming the BC health orders allow us to be. We will also use Zoom and Blackboard now and then.

Reading list:

  • Ramanathan, V., Aines, R., Auffhammer, M., Barth, M., Cole, J., Forman, F., et al. (2019). Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions. Location: Regents of the University of California. Retrieved from FREE. We will be reading chapters 1 through 5.
  • Graff, Gerald and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say / I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing. 5th Edition. Norton, 2021. ISBN: 0393538702. (~$42.)
  • Trainor. English 1130 Academic Writing on Climate Change and Climate Justice. Coursepack is available through the Douglas College bookstore at the Lam campus.
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