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B.W. Powe

Department of English

Associate Professor
 
Office: 352 Stong College
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 33775
Emailbpowe@yorku.ca
 
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B.W. Powe has been teaching in the English Department since 1995. He is a writer - poet, novelist, essayist, and critic. His influential writings on Marshall McLuhan, Northrop Frye, and Pierre Trudeau have been widely-praised, as have his poetry and novels, including Outage and These Shadows Remain, longlisted for the ReLit Prize. His current research has been into visionary and mystical traditions. He has also been involved in literacy initiatives involving both York University and Frontier College. B.W. Powe is a member of the Graduate School of Film Studies in the Fine Arts Department, a fellow of the McLuhan Centre at the University of Toronto, as well as an honourary member of the High Table at Massey College. He is currently at work founding the McLuhan Initiative for the Study of Literacies at York University as well as the program director of the Creative Writing Program at York University. He writes regularly for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star, and been featured in the New York Times and on CBC and Bravo.

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All Publications

Books

Where Seas and Fables Meet: Aphorisms and Parables (Guernica)

Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye--Apocalypse and Alchemy (The University of Toronto Press)

Opening Time: On the Energy Threshold. (In3, University of catalunya/York University).

These Shadows Remain: A Fable (Guernica) ISBN 978-1-55071-314-5

Mystic Trudeau: The Fire and The Rose (Thomas Allen) ISBN 0-88762-281-X

Towards a Canada of Light (Thomas Allen) ISBN 0-88762-228-3

The Unsaid Passing (Guernica) ISBN 1-55071-209-8

The Living Literacies Print Record, editor (Coach House) ISBN 0-9736828-0-9

The Solitary Outlaw revised, expanded (Somerville House)ISBN 1-895897-79-3

A Canada of Light revised, expanded (Somerville House) ISBN 1-895897-89-0

Outage: A Journey into Electric City (Random House) ISBN 0-394-22124-9

A Tremendous Canada of Light (Coach House) ISBN 0-88910-415-8

Noise of Time in The Glenn Gould Profile, in Collections Canada, National Library Archives

The Solitary Outlaw (Lester & Orpen Dennys) ISBN 0-88619-141-6

A Climate Charged (Mosaic) hardcopy ISBN 0-88962-259-0, paperback ISBN 0-88962-258-2

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2013-2014 AP/EN2600 6.0  Introduction to Creative Writing SEMR Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2013-2014 AP/EN4163 6.0  Visionary Literature: From Dante to Bob Dylan SEMR Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2013-2014 AP/EN4170 6.0  Modernism/Postmodernism SEMR Course Website 


B.W. Powe has been teaching in the English Department since 1995. He is a writer - poet, novelist, essayist, and critic. His influential writings on Marshall McLuhan, Northrop Frye, and Pierre Trudeau have been widely-praised, as have his poetry and novels, including Outage and These Shadows Remain, longlisted for the ReLit Prize. His current research has been into visionary and mystical traditions. He has also been involved in literacy initiatives involving both York University and Frontier College. B.W. Powe is a member of the Graduate School of Film Studies in the Fine Arts Department, a fellow of the McLuhan Centre at the University of Toronto, as well as an honourary member of the High Table at Massey College. He is currently at work founding the McLuhan Initiative for the Study of Literacies at York University as well as the program director of the Creative Writing Program at York University. He writes regularly for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star, and been featured in the New York Times and on CBC and Bravo.

Visit his blog


Hypertext: "Noise of Time" (CD-Rom), "The Glenn Could Profile", National Archives (Ottawa).

Organization of Events, Program Co-ordinator:Marshall McLuhan: What if He Was Right? York University, 1997; The Trudeau Era, York University, 1999; Living Literacies, York University, Stong College, Frontier College, National Literacy Secretariat, Bravo!TB, CLT, Penguin Books, 2001.

Degrees

M.A., University of Toronto
B.A., York University
Ph.D., York University

All Publications

Books

Where Seas and Fables Meet: Aphorisms and Parables (Guernica)

Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye--Apocalypse and Alchemy (The University of Toronto Press)

Opening Time: On the Energy Threshold. (In3, University of catalunya/York University).

These Shadows Remain: A Fable (Guernica) ISBN 978-1-55071-314-5

Mystic Trudeau: The Fire and The Rose (Thomas Allen) ISBN 0-88762-281-X

Towards a Canada of Light (Thomas Allen) ISBN 0-88762-228-3

The Unsaid Passing (Guernica) ISBN 1-55071-209-8

The Living Literacies Print Record, editor (Coach House) ISBN 0-9736828-0-9

The Solitary Outlaw revised, expanded (Somerville House)ISBN 1-895897-79-3

A Canada of Light revised, expanded (Somerville House) ISBN 1-895897-89-0

Outage: A Journey into Electric City (Random House) ISBN 0-394-22124-9

A Tremendous Canada of Light (Coach House) ISBN 0-88910-415-8

Noise of Time in The Glenn Gould Profile, in Collections Canada, National Library Archives

The Solitary Outlaw (Lester & Orpen Dennys) ISBN 0-88619-141-6

A Climate Charged (Mosaic) hardcopy ISBN 0-88962-259-0, paperback ISBN 0-88962-258-2


Teaching:

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2013-2014 AP/EN2600 6.0  Introduction to Creative Writing SEMR Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2013-2014 AP/EN4163 6.0  Visionary Literature: From Dante to Bob Dylan SEMR Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2013-2014 AP/EN4170 6.0  Modernism/Postmodernism SEMR Course Website