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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, and I still teach a course there each term. In addition to teaching introductions to university writing, to poetry, and historical surveys of British literature, 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 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. I’ll also be teaching a survey of Shakespeare at UBC through distance ed. My dear future students: please see my course offerings page for more details on these courses.

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; Yona Wallach; Maggie Nelson; Osip Mandelstam; Emily Dickinson; Tadeusz Różewicz; Emily Brontë; Czesław Miłosz; Anna Swir; Anna Akhmatova; Anne Carson; Stephen Spender; John Donne; Sina Queyras; Thomas Wyatt; Edward Thomas; A. E. Housman; Mary Wroth; Michael Longley; Denise Levertov; 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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