From: Refuse


Keith Maillard’s essay on connects the events at the University of British Columbia in 2016 surrounding Stephen Galloway and the following UBCAccountable open letter to the 2017 cultural appropriation controversy and the cultural appropriation debate of the 1980s and 1990s.



Keith Maillard

Since 1989, novelist and poet KEITH MAILLARD has taught in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia, where he is a full professor. His novels have won or been nominated for a number of awards: Light in the Company of Women was a runner-up for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize; Motet won that prize; Hazard Zones was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Literary Prize, Gloria shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, and The Clarinet Polka was awarded the Creative Arts Prize by the Polish American Historical Association. His poetry collection, Dementia Americana, won the 1995 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for the best first book of poetry published in Canada. He has been honoured by the West Virginia Library Association and by his hometown of Wheeling, West Virginia, where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. His fourteenth novel, Twin Studies, was published by Freehand Books in September 2018. Anyone interested in a fuller account of his life and work might visit his website: keithmaillard.com.