Kalie Chapman

University of Windsor Intern

Kalie Chapman (she/her) is a poet, creative writer, and advocate for the arts. Kalie is in her fourth year of her Bachelor of Arts honours degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, with a minor in Communication, Media, and Film. Kalie serves as Vice President of Internal Affairs on the student society for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, as well as the Undergraduate Representative for the English Departmental Council.

In the 2021-2022 school year, Kalie completed an internship for Black Moss Press, working on a team that edited and published Windsor-writer Christopher Lawrence Menard’s first poetry book, at the end, beginnings. Not only did her designs inspire the artwork for the cover, but she also individually created, designed, and published a teaching kit for at the end, beginnings, aiming to spread her love for poetry into an educational setting, highlighting how poetry can be taught in all subject areas including visual arts, dramatic arts, and even science. In March 2022, Kalie shared her poetry as a guest on the show First Impressions with Windsor’s Youth Poet Laureate, Alexei Ungurenasu.

After her graduation this upcoming Spring, Kalie plans to continue her education by taking on a degree either in Education or a master’s in the Arts.

What is your role with the ACWR team?
University of Windsor Intern

What is your favourite part about being involved with ACWR?
My favourite part about being involved with ACWR is the plentiful opportunity to brings both to create art, and be immersed in it. In these short couple months, I have already been exposed to multiple artists that I had not yet heard of, and have attended several entertaining workshops that have stretched my definition of art.

What makes ACWR important to the Windsor region and to local artists?
ACWR is important to the Windsor region and to local artists, because it keeps both the community and communication of local art alive. Art is dependent on a supportive community, and without ACWR, there really isn’t any other consistent outlet for sharing artwork, or uplifting the voices of artists. ACWR brings together artists who have never met, artists who share the same narratives but in different ways, and community members who may not create art, but love to experience it.

Are you an artist? Can you tell us about your work?
I dabble in all arts— writing, painting, theatre, film— however my home in being an artist is in poetry. I am a creative writer who focuses on expanding the boundaries of poetry. I love creating narrative arcs, and transposing complex emotions into words on a page. My goal is to publish a book of my poetry one day.

What are some ways that you like to show your appreciation for art?
I show my appreciation for art by advocating for the voices of all artists. Part of my role as VP of Internal Affairs on the Society for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Windsor is ensuring that our society promotes events from all artistic endeavours in the university, and supporting these clubs whether it be through promotion, monetary compensation, or exposure.

How does art help you in other areas of life?
Art is my deepest and most true form of expression. Not all emotions and narratives can be reflected into words, and many are hard to express plainly or in simple conversation. Art transposes emotion into a universal experience. Art is an outlet with no boundaries; a safe place to share your story, an opportunity to communicate without words.

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