CanLit Hierarchy vs. the Rhizome

From: Refuse


The hierarchical structures of literary culture are central to writer and professor Natalee Caple’s interview with writer Nikki Reimer.



Natalee Caple

NATALEE CAPLE is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction. Her work has been nominated for the KM Hunter award, the RBC Bronwyn Wallace Award, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the ReLit Award, and The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Her latest novel, In Calamity’s Wake was published in Canada by HarperCollins and in the US by Bloomsbury. The novel in translation was published by Boréal and has been sold separately in France. Her new book of poetry, Love in the Chthulucene/Cthulhucene will be published by Wolsak and Wynn in Spring 2019. Natalee is an associate professor at Brock University.

Nikki Reimer

NIKKI REIMER is a carbon-based life form residing on the traditional territories of the Treaty 7 people of Southern Alberta (Calgary). She has published two books of poetry: DOWNVERSE (Talonbooks) and [sic] (Frontenac House), a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. A third collection is forthcoming in 2019. Her work has also been shortlisted for the Lit POP Award and the PRISM International Creative Non-Fiction contest. Creative and non-fiction work has appeared on stages, billboards, public art exhibits, pop-up bistro menus, and in various journals and anthologies. Reimer was a member of the Kootenay School of Writing Collective in Vancouver between the years 2004 to 2006 and 2008 to 2010.