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Rishma Dunlop - award winning Canadian poet


Invited Keynote and Plenary Speeches

Feb. 8, 2008                Tender Music: Narrative, Cadence, and the Force of Events, Keynote Speaker. Narrative Inquiry in Music Education Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.

Aug. 21, 2007             “The Sirdar’s Daughter in Canada.” Invited Keynote Speech, Queen’s University International Institute on Social Policy 2007. Multiculturalism and Social Citizenship: Social Policy in a Diverse Society. Queen’s University, Kingston.

Aug. 21, 2007             The Raj Kumari’s Lullaby and Other Stories. Multimedia presentation of poetry and images. Keynote Speaker. Conference on Multiculturalism and Social Citizenship: Social Policy in a Diverse Society.

Oct. 28, 2006              Keynote Plenary on Performing Motherhood with Alicia Ostriker and Wendy (Motion) Braithwaite, The Motherlode Conference, Toronto

July 6, 2006                 Plump With Blood and Bread. Keynote Speech for Conference on Globalization, Equality and Education, Thunder Bay, Lakehead University.

May 21, 2006              Poetry and Pathos. Plenary Speaker for Symposium on Psychiatry and the Arts. Indo-American Psychiatry Association (IAPA). Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. Toronto, Canada.

May 4, 2006                The Professor’s Diaries. Keynote Speech, Graduate Women’s Studies Symposium, York University.

Jan. 15, 2002               Memory, Culture and Identity within the Context of Educational Life: A Researcher’s Journey. Keynote Speech, Conference on Multiculturalism and the Arts, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland.

Nov. 2, 2001               Flying Off the Edge, With the Lights On Blazing. Keynote Speech, 1st Annual Education Society Conference, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.

July 18, 2001               In Search of Tawny Grammar: Poetics, Landscape and Embodied Ways of Knowing. Keynote Opening Plenary Speech, Environmental Education and Communication Conference, Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon.

Apr. 4, 2001                Dissertation Diaries. Keynote speech, 4th Annual Graduate Research Colloquium, University of New Mexico.


Invited Lectures, Workshops, Seminars

Nov. 3, 2009               Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series, Invited Speaker, York University

Jan. 30, 2008               Invited speaker-lecture and writing workshop for faculty and                                              graduate researchers. "Where We Stand: Writing Place and the
Lyric Essay." Sustainable Writing Lab. Faculty of Environmental
Studies, York University.

Nov. 7, 2007               Poets in the Schools. Multimedia presentation “Freedom Writing”                                       to secondary students at Middlefield Collegiate Institute,
presentation with panel of four writers from PEN Canada.
Presentation was broadcast on ABEL, Able Broadband Enabled
Learning to Toronto York region high schools. Conducted Writing

Feb. 24th, 2007           Multigenre Discursive Practices in Environmental Education
Research, Invited Speaker. Lecture and writing workshop. Environmental Education Caucus, University of British Columbia.

Feb. 18, 2004              “Beauty and Terror: Poetry and Humanistic Education.” Invited lecture. Centre for Cross Faculty Inquiry, University of British Columbia.

Jan. 15, 2004               Creative writing seminar for junior intermediate teachers. Invited workshop leader. Urban Spaces Project, Toronto District School Board.

Jan. 2002                     Seminar on Multiculturalism and the Arts and Arts-Based Research Methods. Invited Professor. University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland.

Apr. 14, 2001              “The Art of Writing Inquiry: Strategies and Space for Creating Scholarly Writing in a Variety of Genres.” Invited instructor. American Educational Research Association Training Session/MiniCourse. AERA Conference, Seattle.

Jan. 17-19, 2001          American Educational Research Association Arts-Based Winter Institute. Invited speaker, seminar instructor, and co-director with Dr. Elliot Eisner, Stanford University, and Dr. Tom Barone, Arizona State University. Palo Alto/Stanford, California.

Apr. 2000                    “Alternative Perspectives on Researching.” Division B invited speaker. Key Session. American Educational Research Association, New Orleans.


Dunlop, Rishma. “The Writers’ Salon: Collective Memoir and Autobiographies of Red.” Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Studies Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico, Feb. 25-28.

Dunlop, Rishma. Poetry and Creative Writing Panel. Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Studies Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico, Feb. 25-28.

Dunlop, Rishma. “Human Music: Poetry, Creativity, and Global Education.”
Symposium on Creativity, Learning Discourses, and Practice: Lessons From Cross-Cultural and Cross-Disciplinary Reconceptualizations of Research in Arts Education. American Educational Research Association Conference, New York, March 25, 2008.

Dunlop, Rishma.  “Education and the Ecological: Conversations in the Fields of Green.” American Educational Research Association Conference, New York, March 26, 2008.

Dunlop, Rishma. “ Against Social Science Poetry: A Case for Professional Arts Practice in Educational Inquiry.” Symposium on Problematizing Current Constructs of Arts-Based Research. American Educational Research Association Conference, March 29, 2008.

Dunlop, Rishma. “The Ruined Schoolyards.” International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry. St. John’s College, University of British Columbia, Oct. 27, 2007

Dunlop, Rishma. York University.Visiting Scholar, Poet-in-Residence, Centre for Cross Faculty Inquiry.”Dreaming by the Book: Reader’s Diary as Pedagogical Text and Investigative Practice.” Investigating Our Practices Conference, University of British Columbia, May 5, 2006.

Dunlop, Rishma and Vanessa Barnett. “Armed With Stones and Dreams: Post-Apartheid South African Poetry.” Paper presented at the Poetry and Politics Conference, University of Stirling, Scotland. July 17, 2006.

Dunlop, Rishma. “Reading Like a Girl.” Paper presented at the Social Sciences and Humanities Congress, Language and Literacy Researchers, Pre-Conference, York University. May 27, 2006.

Dunlop, Rishma. “The Poetics of Life Writing: Historical and Ethical Agency in (Auto)biography.” Discussant. American Educational Researchers' Association, Montreal. Apr. 15, 2005.
Dunlop, Rishma. “Tenderness in Every Geography.” Paper (Environmental Education special interest group) presented at the American Educational Researchers’ Association conference, Montreal, Apr. 12, 2005.
Dunlop, Rishma. “Eros and the Contemporary Woman Poet.” Paper presented at the Poetry and Sexuality Conference. University of Stirling, Scotland. July 2004.

Dunlop, Rishma. “Teaching for Aesthetic Experience.” Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference, San Diego. Apr. 16, 2004.

Dunlop, Rishma. “Reading Like a Girl: Postcolonial Lessons of the Sirdar’s Daughter.” Paper presented at the Diaspora, Memory, Silence Conference. Centre for Feminist Research, York University, Toronto. Oct. 24, 2003.

Dunlop, Rishma, and the 2am Collective. “She Tries Her Tongue.” Paper presented at the Imagination and Education Conference. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. July 16, 2003.

Dunlop, Rishma. “Like a Kiss or Cold Water:Literature and Social Justice.” Paper presented at the Portraits of Literacy: Critical Issues in Family, Community, and School Literacies Conference. University of British Columbia, Vancouver. July 10, 2002.

Dunlop, Rishma. “Poetry as Necessity: Women, Poetry and the Ivory Tower.” Panel organizer, chair, and presenter. Canadian Society for Studies in Education (CSSE) Conference. Toronto. May 2002.

Dunlop, Rishma. “Portrait of the Artist-Mother as Teacher: Maternal Pedagogy and Interdisciplinary Studies.” Paper presented at the Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) Conference on Mothering and Teaching in Academe. York University, Toronto. May 2002.

Dunlop, Rishma. “Who’s Afraid of Arts-Based Research? Curriculum Theory, Aesthetic Texts and Validity/A Presentation of The Red Shoes Research Collective.” Panel organizer and presenter. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference, New Orleans. Apr. 2002.


Selected Literary Readings

Dec. 2, 2008                Launch of White Album, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
Nov. 22, 2008             Stories that Bind Festival, Hart House, University of Toronto
Nov. 14, 2008             Wendell’s Bookstore, Fort Langley, BC
Nov. 13, 2008             LindaLando Fine Art, Vancouver launch of White Album
Nov. 12, 2008             Play Chthonics Reading Series, Green College, University of British  Columbia                                                                
May 10, 2008              Bowery Poetry Club, New York with Meena Alexander, Daniela Gioseffi, Marilyn Hacker, Marie Ponsot
March 12, 2008           Stong College Reading Series, with Barry Dempster, York University

Nov. 12, 2007             White Ink: Poems on Mothers and Motherhood  book launch. Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

Oct. 26, 2007              International Poetry Symposium, Green College, University of British Columbia

Mar. 15, 2007              Emily Carr Institute, On Edge Reading Series

Mar. 8, 2007                UBC Bookstore Robson Square Reading Series, Vancouver.

Nov. 7, 2006               McNally Robinson Bookstore, Calgary

Nov. 6, 2006               University of Calgary Department of English Speaker Series

Sept. 3, 2006               Toronto World Jam, Diaspora Dialogues, Dundas Square,Toronto

July 2006                     Poetry and Politics Conference, University of Stirling, Scotland

Apr. 19, 2006              Poetry London Reading Series. London Public Library. London, Ontario

Apr. 11, 2006              Featured reader. Toronto Public Library, Parliament St. Branch

Mar. 8, 2006                Launch of Metropolis, Mansfield Press, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

Jan. 31, 2006               Live Poets Series. Ryerson University, Toronto

May 18, 2005              McNally Robinson Bookstore, Calgary

May 17, 2005              Launch and readings from Red Silk, Simon Fraser University

May 16, 2005              Launch and readings from Red Silk, Vancouver Public Library

Mar. 29, 2005              Featured reader. Art Bar Reading Series, Toronto

Dec. 7, 2004                Red Silk. Mansfield Press Launch, Factory Theatre, Toronto.

Nov. 25, 2004             Poetic License, with Nicole Brossard. Toronto Women’s Bookstore

Nov. 23, 2004             Pages Books This is Not a Reading Series. Red Silk Roundtable. Rivoli, Toronto

July 2, 2004                 Poetry and Sexuality Conference. University of Stirling, Scotland

June 8, 2004                Canadian Poetry Night. Art Bar, Toronto

Mar. 12, 2004              Cross Currents Festival. Factory Lab Theatre, Toronto

Mar. 8, 2004                March Coalition International Women’s Day. York University, Toronto

Feb. 25, 2004              Launch of limited edition chapbook, The Blue Hour (LyricalMyrical P) Toronto

Feb. 17, 2004              Women in Print. Vancouver

Nov. 17, 2003             Department of English and Creative Writing. University of Windsor


Nov. 15, 2003             Borders/Orders of Exile. PEN Readers and Writers at Windsor Book Festival. Panel for Remembrance of International Day of the Imprisoned Writer. Windsor

Sept. 3, 2003               Featured reader. Art Bar. Toronto

Apr. 7, 2003                Poetic License: A Reading of Women Poets, with Nicole Brossard
Sponsored by Toronto Women’s Bookstore, Canadian Writers’ Association and League of Canadian Poets. National Poetry Month Event. Spaha, Toronto

Dec. 10, 2002              Mansfield Press Reading. Musa, Toronto

Nov. 6, 2002               Launch of The Body of My Garden Bar Italia, Toronto

Oct. 24, 2002              The Body of My Garden, reading and collaborative exhibition with Suzanne Northcott. Linda Lando Gallery, Vancouver

Oct. 2, 2002                Reading from The Body of My Garden. Art Bar Poetry Series, Toronto

Apr. 28, 2002              Poetry College. A reading sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets,      National Poetry Month. Toronto

June 23, 2000              Launch of Boundary Bay(Staccato Chapbooks). Borealis Books,

Rishma Dunlop - Award Winning Canadian Poet