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Oct 6 letter re: kisiskâciwan anthology

By Press Staff Date: October 12, 2017

What follows below is a copy of the letter Jesse Archibald-Barber (Editor of kisiskâciwan) and Karen Clark (Acquisitions Editor, University of Regina Press) sent on Friday, October 6 to the women who contacted University of Regina Press about withdrawing their pieces from the anthology. In response to these writers' concerns, the Press offered them additional space--either in the anthology or in a separate volume--to tell their stories and address issues of violence and oppression. 

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Friday, October 6, 2017

 

Dear __, 

We thank you for contacting us about your concerns regarding Neal McLeod’s inclusion in the kisiskâciwan anthology.

After much discussion and consultation over several days, we have made the decision to continue with the original intention of the anthology: to present as complete and vast as possible the historical record of the Indigenous writings that come from the people living on these lands known as Saskatchewan. The intention has always been for the anthology to be as comprehensive and inclusive as possible, going back to the 1700s, up to the present day. 

We are truly sorry that this decision leaves you feeling unsupported.

We do want to repeat here what we have already communicated to you and other writers in phone calls, text messages, and emails: that we can and want to provide more space in the anthology so that these very issues can be addressed in this additional space.  Moreover, in our marketing, promotion, readings, etc., the Press can be sure to highlight, bring forward, and spotlight your voices and support you and the others in this way as well. 

Or, as already noted to some, we can offer the option of an anthology that is entirely devoted to Indigenous women and Two-Spirit writers and we can amplify these voices as loudly as we possibly can and support them with all the resources that are available for us to do so. 

We hope you know that we remain committed to including and supporting your voice in the anthology, and, if you feel you cannot remain in the anthology, that we remain committed nonetheless to supporting your writing in other ways outside of this anthology.

All best,

Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber, Editor of kisiskâciwan 

Karen May Clark, Acquisitions Editor, University of Regina Press

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