25th Trillium Award

Noticed: An Interview with Lisa Robertson

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In her latest interview for Canadian Women in the Literary Arts, Ottawa poet Brecken Hancock speaks with Lisa Robertson about writing and reading as a feminist in a heavily gendered literary environment. "I am certain that I am not the only woman who has sometimes found writing scary," writes Robertson. "Maybe naming that fear could be helpful for others. All affect will enter this process. We need to permit and accompany one another?s solitudes."

Robertson, who now lives in rural France but who has held fellowships and residencies all over the world, argues that writing, mentoring, teaching and reading are powerful acts of necessary resistance: "Language changes life. This is why I write. The modes of change are not necessarily as direct or immediate as we might wish — they also function deeply and gradually, sometimes discontinuously, at the level of belief, habit, epistemology and perception, both collective and individual. It has to be a long-term commitment."

Read the full interview here.

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