Fonds F0498 - Karen Connelly fonds

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Karen Connelly fonds

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5.21 m of textual records
116 photographs : col. and b&w ; 25.3 x 20.3 cm or smaller
146 photographs : col. and b&w negatives ; 6 x 6 cm or smaller
1 computer disk
1 compact disc

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Karen Connelly, poet, author and photographer, was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1969 and is the author of several books of nonfiction, fiction and poetry. Her novel "The Lizard Cage", was nominated for the 2006 Kiriyama Prize for fiction. She has read from and lectured on her work in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Connelly lived for many years in Burma and Thailand and has residences in Canada and Greece. Her best-selling book, "Touch the Dragon : a Thai journal", recounts her year spent in Thailand at the age of seventeen. It was awarded the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction in 1993 and was a New York Times Notable Travel Book of the Year in 2002. Her other books include the poetry collections "Grace and Poison", "This Brighter Prison", The Disorder of Love", and "The Small Words in My Body", which won the Pat Lowther Award for poetry in 1991. She is also the author of the memoir "One Room in a Castle", which recounts her travels in Spain, Greece and France. Connelly currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she teaches creative writing at Humber College.

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Fonds consists of records pertaining to the personal and professional activities of Karen Connelly. These records include manuscripts, in various states of development, for Connelly’s published writing, particularly her books "One room in a castle" (1995), "The border surrounds us" (2000), “The lizard cage” (2005), and “Burmese lessons” (2009), as well as draft poems and stories. Journals from Connelly’s travels through Asia in the mid-to-late 1990s are also part of the fonds , as are personal journals kept between 1984 and 2011, correspondence sent and received, travel and personal photographs, literary memorabilia, and notes for Connelly’s speaking engagements and lectures.

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Donated by Karen Connelly in 2006, 2013, and 2014.


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  • English
  • Burmese

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Access is granted only with the permission of Karen Connelly until her death, at which time access is unrestricted. Researchers seeking access must make written application to Karen Connelly through the University Archivist, outlining their research project and their purpose in consulting the Karen Connelly fonds.

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2018/10/23 Migrated to AtoM.
2018/10/23 MS. Post-migration metadata clean-up. Addition of GMD and accession numbers. Published description and generated finding aid.
2019/06/19 J. Grant. Updated to include accession 2006-025.

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