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About SpokenWeb

SpokenWeb is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded partnership that aims to develop coordinated and collaborative approaches to literary historical study, digital development, and critical and pedagogical engagement with diverse collections of literary sound recordings from across Canada and beyond. 

With access to more than 40 collections contributing thousands of sound recordings, SpokenWeb is changing the way we collectively access, think about, and describe audio recordings. The SpokenWeb team has members from more than 14 institutions across Canada and internationally.

For more information about the larger SpokenWeb project, visit

About the SpokenWeb project at SFU

Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) branch of SpokenWeb is working with the literary sound recordings in the  Contemporary Literature Collection from the 1960s to present, with more than 3000 artifacts in the form of cassettes, mini-cassettes, reel-to-reel tapes, and CDs from more than 50 writers and performers. 

The recordings are organized in collections that are informed by particular areas, schools, or themes, including, but not limited to Contemporary Literature Collection as well as other relevant collections in the SFU Library:

  • the Readings in B.C. fonds
  • the Kootenay School of Writing fonds
  • the Women and Words fonds
  • as well as individual poet, author, and artist fonds, including Daphne Marlatt, Fred Wah, and Roy Kiyooka

For further information about the literary sound recordings held at SFU, visit our Collection page.