Robert Finley

Position

Associate Professor

Education

  • PhD (University of Toronto)
  • MA (University of Toronto)
  • BA (Dalhousie University)

Contact Information

  • Office: AA 3024
  • Telephone: (709) 864-8052
  • Email: rfinley@mun.ca

Research Interests

Creative Nonfiction, The Essay, Translation, Text and Image, Contemporary Poetry, Caribbean Literature, Environment/ Wilderness/ Domestic Landscape

Selected Publications

Books

K.L. Reich, a translation and scholarly edition from the Catalan of Joaquim Amat-Piniella’s 1946 (1963) testimonial novel of the Nazi camps at Mauthausen. With Dr. Marta Marín. Wilfred Laurier UP, 2014.

A Ragged Pen: Essays on Poetry and Memory. (Robert Finley, Patrick Friesen, Aislinn Hunter, Anne Simpson, Jan Zwicky) Gaspereau Press, October 2006.

The Accidental Indies. McGill-Queen’s UP, 2000.

Creative Non-Fiction

“The Beech Tree.” The Malahat Review, Summer 2017.

“Translation and Witness.” The Language Portal of Canada. 2015. http://www.noslangues-ourlanguages.gc.ca/collaborateurs-contributors/articles/20150817-temoignage-witness-eng.html

“Marlene Creates’ Boreal Poetry Garden.” The Good Gardener? Nature, Humanity, and the Garden, edited by Annette Giesecke and Naomi Jacobs, Black Dog Publishing, 2015.

“The Approaches.” Best Canadian Essays, 2013, edited by Stephen Marché, Tightrope Books, 2013.

Recent Conference Presentations and Lectures

  • “Listen.” Nonfiction Now Conference, June 2017, Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • “Translation as a Creative Act?” CCWWP Conference, June, 2016, Toronto, Canada.,
  • “‘As the cricket’s soft autumn hum is to us’: The Boreal Poetry Garden of Marlene Creates.” Earth Perfect? Conference, June 2013, University of Delaware, USA.

Current Research Projects

  • "Rereading Merwin" a consideration of the work of American poet W.S. Merwin.

Current Creative Projects

  • The Harbour: Elegies. A reading of archival images and objects toward a construction of home.

Other Professional Activities

  • Le verger des oiseaux. Temporary Public Art Installation (video), main gates of Halifax Public Gardens, at Spring Garden Rd. and South Park St., Halifax, with François Gaudet. For Halifax NocturneFestival, October, 2012.
  • The Garden in Winter. Temporary Public Art Installation (video), main gates of Halifax Public Gardens, at Spring Garden Rd. and South Park St., Halifax, with François Gaudet. For Halifax NocturneFestival, October, 2011.
  • Dance de l’havre. Temporary Public Art Installation (video), north wall of Aliant Building, Barrington Street, Halifax, with François Gaudet. For Halifax NocturneFestival, October, 2010.
  • Sackville and Barrington. Temporary Public Art Installation (video), Pier 21 Gallery, Halifax. With François Gaudet. For Halifax NocturneFestival, October, 2009. Tramway Building exterior, Halifax. With François Gaudet. For Photopolis/Halifax festival, October, 2008. Tramway Building exterior, Halifax. With François Gaudet. For Halifax NocturneFestival, October, 2008.

Regularly Taught Courses

Undergraduate

  • English 1090: Telling Stories
  • English 2905: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • English 4913: Advanced Creative Non-fiction

Graduate

  • The Essay (Graduate Creative Writing Workshop)

Honours And Graduate Supervision

Fiction and Nonfiction (Creative Theses), The Essay, Translation, Text and Image Relations, Contemporary Poetry, Caribbean Literature, Environment/ Wilderness/ Domestic Landscape

Contact

Department of English

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000