I hold a PhD in English Literature from McGill University. My dissertation, “Feminist poetics from écriture féminine to The Pink Guitar,”  developed a model of contagion and sympathy to describe experimental feminist and lesbian writing practices of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. I explored writings by Chicana, Québécoise, Anglo-Canadian, Anglo-American, Vietnamese-American, and French women. While in Montreal I taught at McGill and Concordia.

For the past ten years I’ve been a sessional lecturer at UBC in Vancouver. In addition to teaching introductions to university writing and historical surveys of British literature (my favourite course to teach), I have also offered courses on: “Virginia Woolf: Feminism, Pacifism, and the Response to War”; “Writing the Human Genome”; “‘A Woman’s Sentence’: Twentieth Century Experiments in Form”; and “The Private Life of War.” This January  2018 I’m teaching full-time at Douglas College: two sections of English 1130 (Academic Writing) and two sections of English 1114 (Reading Poetry). You can find my faculty profile page at Douglas College here. In January 2018 I’ll also be teaching an online Shakespeare course at UBC. In Summer Term 2 I’ll be teaching a section of Academic Writing at UBC.

My current interests are in poetry and poetics generally; the 16th-early 17th lyric; the witness of poetry. Some poets who interest me:  Miklós Radnóti, Carolyn Forché, Tomas Tranströmer; Yehuda Amichai; Marina Tsvetaeva; Osip Mandelstam; Emily Dickinson; Tadeusz Różewicz; Emily Brontë; Czesław Miłosz; Anna Swir; Anna Akhmatova; Anne Carson; Stephen Spender; John Donne; Thomas Wyatt; Edward Thomas; A. E. Housman; Mary Wroth; Michael Longley; Margaret Avison; Emily McGiffin; Catherine Owen; Matthew Tierney; Sylvia Legris; Eavan Boland; Alice Oswald; Ted Hughes; Seamus Heaney; Geoffrey Hill; Jan Zwicky; Yannis Ritsos; Pat Lowther; Phyllis Webb; Gerard Manley Hopkins; Ovid; John Keats; Adrienne Rich. Well, the list is getting rather long…


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