Open House Invite




Thursday, December First (2016) from 5 until 7 pm

Launch of B.W. Powe’s new book of poetry, Decoding Dust

At Founders College, York University


Free food!






November 10th, 7:00 pm


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The Toronto School: Then, Now, Next

October 14-16, 2016

The Coach House Institute and its McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto is thrilled to invite you to the international conference “The Toronto School: Then, Now, Next”.

Call for Papers. Deadline for Submission: June 30, 2016

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McLuhan and Frye: A Reading by B.W. Powe

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Main Floor Reading Room MacOdrum Library

1125 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON


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Guernica Editions Launching Where Seas and Fables Meet

Sunday, April 19th, 2015


Guernica Spring Launch Poster Final

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Talk Bruce

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Creative Writing

Monday, November 10th, 2014

A Dialogue with Professors B. W. Powe and Robert K. Logan

Moderator – Marc Glassman

St. Michael’s Book and Media Program

An Event Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the

Publication of Marshall McLuhan’s Book Understanding Media: Extensions of Man

Pre-Event 4:00 pm

Dialogue Event 4:30-6:00 pm

FR. Robert Madden Hall, Carr Hall

100 St. Joseph Street

Toronto, ON M5S 1J4

Tuesday, October 21 at 7 pm

Launch of B.W. Powe’s new Book

Through the Known and the Unknown We Will Find the New: Apocalypse and Alchemy on McLuhan and Frye, and on to Opening Time

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that B.W. Powe will be the third guest of our fORUM critical conversation series, a monthly series of talks, lectures, interviews, screenings and performances at Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art.

This event is free and open to the public

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October 15, 2014: Launch of B.W. Powe’s new Book. All are welcome!!

UT Book Launch

“The Point of Being”, a New Book by Cristina Miranda de Almeida and Derrick de Kerckhove

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The point of view

September 18, 2014: Launch of B.W. Powe’s new Book. You are invited!!! All are welcome.

(Free food and drink…)

Bruce's talk

New Book: An anthology of poetry, poetics, creative writing, and cartoons inspired by Marshall McLuhan:

The medium is the museThe Medium Is The Muse [Channeling Marshall McLuhan] edited by Lance Strate & Adeena Karasick

Oracle of the electronic age, Marshall McLuhan believed artists could wake us and offer new windows into the world.  This diverse collection brings together twenty-nine poets, writers, and artists who channel McLuhan as both medium and muse.  Like McLuhan’s work, this volume will delight, divert, provoke, incite and inspire readers to channel McLuhan in their own imagination and creative endeavors.

Featuring work from:  Lillian Allen, Michelle Rae Anderson, Mary Ann Allison, Marleen Barr, David Bateman, Arthur Asa Berger, bill bissett, Tony Burgess, Jerry Harp, Adeena Karasick, William Marshe, John G. McDaid, Jill McGinn, Elizabeth McLuhan, Peter C. Montgomery, Dean Motter, Alexandra Oliver, John Oughton, Si Philbrook, B.W. Powe, Robert Priest, Stephen Roxborough, Lance Strate, Steve Szewczok, Andrea Thompson, Toshio Ushiroguchi-Pigott, John Watts, Dale Winslow, Tom Wolfe.

Now in print and available from Amazon, B&N, and other online booksellers

YFile. York University’s Daily News (14/07/2014)

Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy, by B.W. Powe. Review by YFile York University

“Book explores apocalypse and alchemy of two of Canada’s great thinkers”


National Post (27/06/2014)

Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy, by B.W. Powe: Review by Philip Marchand 

BW Powe

The Book is Now Available



By B.W. Powe
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2014
World Rights
352 Pages


Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye are two of Canada’s central cultural figures, colleagues and rivals whose careers unfolded in curious harmony even as their intellectual engagement was antagonistic. Poet, novelist, essayist and philosopher B.W. Powe, who studied with both of these formidable and influential intellectuals, presents an exploration of their lives and work in Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy.

BW Powe and N Frye. April 1988

BW Powe and N Frye. April 1988

Powe considers the existence of a unique visionary tradition of Canadian humanism and argues that McLuhan and Frye represent fraught but complementary approaches to the study of literature and to the broader engagement with culture. Examining their eloquent but often acid responses to each other, Powe exposes the scholarly controversies and personal conflicts that erupted between them, and notably the great commonalities in their writing and biographies. Using interviews, letters, notebooks, and their published texts, Powe offers a new alchemy of their thought, in which he combines the philosophical hallmarks of McLuhan’s “The medium is the message” and Frye’s “the great code.”

  • Acknowledgments
  • Prologue: The Juncture of Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye in 1946
  • Intentions and Overview, Apocalypse and Alchemy in McLuhan and Frye
  • Presences and Signatures: These Figures in their Ground
  • The Critical Conflict Between McLuhan and Frye
  • The Harmonies in Two Seers: Orchestrations and Complementarities
  • Alchemy, Synergy in the Thinking of McLuhan and Frye
  • The Lessons of Two Teachers: Guidance and Signs
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

B.W. Powe is an associate professor and the Creative Writing Program coordinator in the Department of English at YorkUniversity.

“Bruce Powe is a rare intellectual figure in the Canadian landscape. He has the sensibility and eloquence of a literary critic, and the power of persuasion of a cultural critic, definitely in the same league with the Canadian giants of the twentieth century.”
Francesco Guardiani, Dept. of Italian, University of Toronto

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