A Journey to the Death

Book Review of "The Spaces In Between" by Carl Leggo and Kimberley Holmes


  • Kedrick James University of British Columbia




poetic inquiry, life writing, graduate mentorship, terminal illness, therapeutic writing


This book review explores the publication of an email correspondence between Carl Leggo and Kimberley Holmes which occurred over the period of time that Leggo was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment for a brain tumour that eventually ended his life. It observes his role as a super-mentor of graduate students undertaking works in poetic inquiry and life writing, and his commitment to living poetically until his unfortunate passing in 2019. The review considers some ethical issues associated with this publication and the reasons why it provides useful insights to anyone committed to academic mentorship.

Author Biography

Kedrick James, University of British Columbia

Kedrick James is Professor of Teaching in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. He is a poet, musician, improvising performer, and innovator of new educational technologies, among which are PhoneMe and Singling (see https://dlsn.lled.educ.ubc.ca/wordpress/). 6445 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2. www.kedrickjames.net





How to Cite

James, K. (2022). A Journey to the Death: Book Review of "The Spaces In Between" by Carl Leggo and Kimberley Holmes. Art/Research/International:/A/Transdisciplinary/Journal, 7(2), 554–563. https://doi.org/10.18432/ari29699