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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.

I’m a faculty member at Douglas College. I teach introductions to academic writing, poetry, and literature and culture. Previously, I was a full-time 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.” You can find my faculty profile page at Douglas College here. In summer 2018 I’ll be teaching a section of academic writing at UBC. In the Fall 2018 I’ll be teaching English 1130 and English 1102 (“Literature and Culture: The Private Life of War”) at the Lam campus at Douglas College.

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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