Contributors to Issue 16 – Madness / La folie
Born in Senegal, West Africa, Baba Badji is currently a Chancellor’s Fellow and a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature, with the Track for International Writers at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. His research interests center on 20th C American, African, Caribbean, Francophone Studies, Poetry: fixed & free forms, experimentation, Poetic of Exile & Poetic of Blackness, Modernism, Postcolonial Studies. He holds a BA in English & Francophone Studies from the College of Wooster, Ohio and received his MFA in poetry and translation from Columbia University, New York City. He is fluent in French, Wolof, Mende and Diola. His Chapbook, Owls of Senegal was a finalist for The Seattle Review judged by Claudia Rankine. His translation has appear ed on The 2014 Pen World Voice Festival. Work is forthcoming elsewhere.
Chelsea R. Grimmer is a Ph.C. at the University of Washington and Harlan Hahn Disability Studies Fellow with an M.F.A. in poetry and M.A. in literature from Portland State University. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of journals, such as Drunken Boat and The Gold Man Review.
Sarah M.E. Harrison completed her Honours BA at Western University in English Language and Literature and Philosophy. She received her MA degree in English and Cultural Studies from McMaster University. Sarah is currently a PhD candidate at Western University, where she holds a SHHRC Doctoral Fellowship and Western’s Doctoral Excellence Research Award. Her research areas include trauma and grief theory, medical humanities, illness narratives, antipsychiatric literature, and representations of Madness in twentieth-century transatlantic literature.
Jessica Holmes is a PhD candidate in English Language and Literature at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, where she also teaches in the English department. She received a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in English from Lewis & Clark College. Her poetry has been published in the West Trade Review and the Lewis & Clark Literary Review. She was born in Norwich, England.
Crystal Hurdle teaches English and Creative Writing at Capilano University in North Vancouver. BC. In October 2007, she was Guest Poet at the International Sylvia Plath Symposium at the University of Oxford, reading from After Ted & Sylvia: Poems. Her work, poetry and prose, has been published in many journals, including Canadian Literature, The Literary Review of Canada, Event, Bogg, Fireweed, and The Dalhousie Review. Teacher’s Pets, a teen novel in verse, was published in 2014.
Dana McCool is an anarchist shapeshifter, insomniac time-traveler, existentialist writer and multi-disciplinary artist. Entering her fifth year of study Ontario College of Art and Design with a simultaneous degree in the social sciences. Likewise, she entertains an array of strange, often metaphysical subjects in her free time, which contribute to her vision. A surrealist at heart, Dana enjoys contemplating the nature of reality, especially the paradigms we operate within – as individuals – in biological, social, trans-personal and spiritual contexts.
D. M. Spitzer studies in the doctoral program in Philosophy, Literature, and the Theory of Criticism in the Department of Comparative Literature at Binghamton University, concentrating on early Greek thinking and translation theory. His first book, A Heaven Wrought of Iron: Poems from the Odyssey, was published in August, 2016 by Etruscan Press. Some of his current poetic work develops as text-image collaborations with his wife, visual artist Sara Spitzer.
Sara Spitzer is an arts educator and visual artist specializing in photography and mixed media collage. Over the past twenty years she has worked with diverse populations in rural and urban settings throughout the American midwest. Her current projects consider race and poverty in urban landscapes.
Leonard Stein is a Connaught International Doctoral Scholar for the Centre for Comparative Literature and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. His research compares converso poetry and testimonials from the Iberian and Mexican Inquisitions with modern Latin American, European, and Middle Eastern literary appropriations of crypto-Jewish and Sephardic identity. He serves as vice president and programming chair for the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies, and associate editor for the University of Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought.
David Takamura is a graduate student in the Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema, and Media at the University of Washington, Seattle. His work focuses on patterns of romantic and idealist thought in German literature, with particular attention to issues of self involving narcissism and its opposite abnegation.
Fan Wu is a gauzy vagrant who never ceases seeking intimacy with strangers. You can write him at fanwu2 [at] gmail.com. No topic’s off limits.
Benoît Le Bouteiller a été chef de service et directeur de plusieurs établissements spécialisés. Il mène aujourd’hui des séminaires et des supervisions au Brésil et est responsable d’un CSAPA (Centre de Soin, d’Accompagnement et de Prévention des Addictions) dans le sud de la France. Il est doctorant en études psychanalytiques.
Ananamria Fernandes obtient sa licence en danse à l’Université Unicamp – Campinas, Brésil en 1992, sa maîtrise en Arts du Spectacle à l’Université de Rennes en 2010 sous le titre « Danse et stigmates, mouvements d’approche » et son doctorat en Études de l’Éducation à l’Université Unicamp, Brésil et en Arts du Spectacle à l’Université de Rennes sous le titre “Danse e Autisme: espaces de rencontres. Depuis 1997, elle travaille avec des personnes en situation de maladie ou de handicap mental dans différents établissements médicaux-sociaux. Autour de ces ateliers, elle co- réalise trois documentaires à partir desquels elle est régulièrement invitée à donner des conférences au sein de plusieurs Universités et événements au Brésil, en France et à New York et écrit divers articles. Depuis 2004 elle collabore avec l’Association Danses Harmonies dans l’encadrement de stages de formation auprès des professionnels de l’animation, de l’éducation et du soin en secteur sanitaire et médico-social. En 2005 elle fonde la compagnie Dana au sein de laquelle elle dirige plusieurs projets chorégraphiques en France et au Brésil. Elle est actuellement professeur à l’Université Fédérale de Minas Gerais, Brésil.
Ginette Jubinville, historienne de l’art, détient un doctorat en histoire de l’art de l’Université de Montréal. Elle poursuit une carrière dans l’enseignement universitaire, la recherche et la communication. Son intérêt et son champ de spécialisation portent, dans le domaine élargi, sur l’art français du dix-neuvième siècle, sur les questions d’objectivité, de subjectivité, de visibilité, de visualité; et dans le domaine plus ciblé, sur les rapports entre l’art et les débuts de la psychiatrie française (1801- 1863).
Titulaire d’un doctorat en méthodologies et analyses textuelles et, actuellement, chercheure indépendante, Trihn Lo s’intéresse à l’écriture poétique et aux formes expérimentales de la vidéo et de la musique électroacoustique.
(Ex-)patiente en santé mentale, ayant écrit sur ce parcours, Agathe Martin est l’auteure de Je ne l’ai jamais revu aux éditions Edilivre, son premier roman. Elle a également été usagère-formatrice sur la question du rétablissement en santé mentale de 2015 à 2017.
Marianne Le Morvan est la fondatrice des archives de la galeriste Berthe Weill dont elle a signée la première biographie parue sous le titre « Berthe Weill : La petite galeriste des grands artistes » (L’Ecarlate, 2011), et achève actuellement la réédition de ses mémoires. Elle est commissaire de l’exposition sur Berthe Weill et l’Ecole de Paris en préparation à la Grey Art Gallery à New York et à l’Orangerie à Paris. Elle est d’autre part chargée des collections des archives du peintre Alfred Reth, participe au Modigliani Project auprès du Dr Kenneth Wayne, et prépare les catalogues raisonnés des peintres Jechezkiel David Kirszenbaum, Edmond Kayser et Paul Welsch. Elle est co-auteure de la première biographie consacrée à Auguste Bauchy, grand collectionneur de Gauguin et de Van Gogh à paraître à l’automne 2017. Par ailleurs, elle enseigne l’Histoire de l’Art auprès de différents établissements d’études supérieures parisiens. Elle consacre actuellement ses recherches aux pionnières du marché de l’art moderne.
Contributors to issue 15 – The Food Issue / La bouffe en question
Ioana Alexandrescu received her PhD in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where she is currently teaching Romanian while also being an Assistant Professor at the University of Oradea. Her first book of poetry, Calla Lilies, was published in 2015 and the second one, Simon, is due out soon.
Travis Hay is a doctoral candidate in the History Program at York University whose project supervisor is Dr. Bonita Lawrence. His work investigates scientific knowledge productions about Indigenous bodies in 20th century Canada as well as federal Indian policy more broadly. He obtained his Master’s Degree in the History Department at Lakehead University under the supervision of Dr. Kristin Burnett. His Master’s Thesis was titled “Fictions of a Settler State: Indigenous and Iraqi peoples in Canadian Newspapers, 1990-2010”.
Author of Teacher’s Pets and After Ted and Sylvia: poems, Crystal Hurdle teaches English and Creative Writing at Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC.
Kesia Kvill is an MA History Student at the University of Calgary where she is completing her thesis on public dining in Western Canada. Her research interests centre on Canadian food, agricultural, transportation, gender, and cultural history. Kesia is also interested in how academics can better work with living history sites and museums to create research and programming opportunities. She will begin her PhD in History in 2016.
Becky McLaughlin is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Alabama, where she teaches courses in critical theory, film, and gender studies. She has published articles in a wide range of journals on an equally wide range of subjects such as perversion and paranoia in the works of Angela Carter, the gaze and the mirror stage in modern poetry, and female mysticism and jouissance in the films of Lars von Trier. She has also published Everyday Theory, a critical theory textbook co-edited with Bob Coleman. Currently, she is working on a book entitled “Wild” Analysis and the Symptomatic Storyteller: Lacan avec Chaucer avec Moi.
Melanie Oberg is a Master’s student at the University of Victoria. She has her BA from UBCO and was born and raised in Trail BC.
Kimo Reder is an Assistant Professor of English at the City University of New York. His writings have appeared in Callaloo, The Antioch Review, Westwind, Mantis, and Brooklyn Rail. He is currently working on book projects that include a maxim-map of Manhattan and a collection of “rogue linguistics” taking up Wittgenstein’s challenge to write a philosophy of language composed entirely of jokes.
Alissa V. Tolstokorova holds a PhD degree (Candidate of Sciences in Ukrainian accreditation system) for a dissertation in Gender Studies. Currently is an independent scholar in women’s, gender and family issues. Recipient of 6 international scholarships for research and teaching in social sciences. Made paper presentations at over 40 national and 40 international academic gatherings. Author of around 200 publications in 9 languages. Current research activities include studies about social and gendered aspects of labour migration from Ukraine, transnational family, care economy, academic migration, etc.
Sarah E. Truman is a PhD Candidate at University of Toronto in a Collaborative Program of Curriculum Studies & Book History and Print Culture. She is the author of Searching for Guan Yin (White Pine Press, 2011).
Ophélie Véron est chercheuse en géographie. Ancienne élève de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure Ulm et enseignante à Science-Po Paris, elle est également diplômée de la Sorbonne et de l’Université d’Oxford. Elle a défendu sa thèse à University College London en décembre 2014.
Contributors to issue 14 – Gold Rush – La ruée vers l’or / Human Resources – Ressources humaines
Carol Barbour is a visual artist and writer. Her work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Toronto Quarterly, Impulse, Resources for Feminist Research, Matriart, and self-published artist books. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and recently completed an MA at the University of Toronto in History of Art. She is working on a series of altarpieces, and researching Renaissance and Baroque emblem books.
Tamie Dolny is an MA student in English Literature at the University of Toronto, with current interests in gender studies, poetics, Romantic philosophy, and legal theory. Prior to her MA, she completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts with high distinction at the University of Toronto (St. Michael’s College).
Virginie Fournier a entamé à l’automne 2014 sa maîtrise à l’Université du Québec à Montréal sous la direction de Daniel Chartier. Elle est aussi co-fondatrice et coordonatrice de la revue Boulette (www.revueboulette.com).
Liza Futerman is a doctoral student at the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. She has previously obtained a master’s degree in History of Art & Visual Culture from Oxford University, and a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Literatures and Linguistics from Ben-Gurion University in Israel. Her primary research interests are in the representation of memory and memory loss in photographs and auto(bio)graphics. For the past year, Futerman has been leading a research group on Memory(loss) on behalf of the Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. In 2011 Futerman won the Young Poets’ Foundation award for her first poetry collection Nothing’s Personal.
Dominique Hétu received her MA in Comparative Canadian Literature from the Université de Sherbrooke and is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the Université de Montréal, where she is writing a dissertation on geographies of care in contemporary North-American fiction by women. Her research interests bring together feminist care ethics, contemporary literature, women writing and culture from below. She has published in the United States, in Canada and in Quebec.
David Laporte est doctorant en lettres à l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières et boursier du Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture du Québec (FRQSC). Collaborateur à la revue Nuit blanche, magazine littéraire, il poursuit actuellement des recherches sur la poétique du roman de la route québécois. Il a notamment publié des articles dans les revues Temps zéro, Les cahiers du GRATHEL et Le crachoir de Flaubert.
Jordan Loveridge is a PhD student and Teaching Associate at Arizona State University. His research focuses on vernacular rhetoric and engagement with civic and historical issues, particularly in the Middle Ages. His work has been presented at such venues as the American Society for the History of Rhetoric Symposium.
Alex Nica is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto and an opera enthusiast. Her research interests lie primarily at the intersection of literary and urban studies. Although she is currently analyzing a number of literary genres that emerge out of 17th century London, she aspires to extend her work to early 20th century London in order to explore the formation of communal interpretive structures in relation to periodical publications.
Anna Paliy is devoted to three art forms – painting, ballet, and translation – rooted in a childhood spent between Ukraine, Hong-Kong, and France. She completed her Honours BA in Comparative Literature and Global Narratives at Western University, moving onward to U of T in 2014-2015 for an MA focused on uniting aesthetic theory and multilingualism with histories of dance and drama.
Matt Tompkins lives in upstate New York with his wife, daughter, and cat. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Post Road, H_NGM_N, Atticus Review, and other publications. You can find more of Matt’s writing by visiting his website: needsrevision.com
Sophie van den Elzen is a student at University of Utrecht, pursuing an MPhil in Comparative Literature. She has completed part of this program at the University of Toronto. Her current research interests include 19th-century knowledge networks, cultural memory studies and literary moral suasion.
Gilles Viennot, né à Dijon en France, a un Master de Littérature française de Besançon, un Master Pro de traduction Littéraire à Charles V/Paris VII Jussieu sous la direction de Jean-Pierre Richard et Claro, et un PhD de U. of Kansas sous la direction de Van Kelly. Il travaille comme advanced instructor à l’U. de l’Arkansas.
Fan Wu is a retreating sliver of light at the foot of the door. He is working on Hyacinth Boy, a book of twisted translations of Du Fu and Li Bai, for the winter of 2016.
Michael Arnold received his Ph.D. in Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in June, 2013. His dissertation Saudade, Duende, and Feedback: The Hybrid Voices of Twenty-First-Century Neoflamenco and Neofado examines contemporary national identities while exploring the hybrid cultural expression involved in Iberian indie and electronic urban neofolk artistic production through lyrics, music, videos, images, performance, personal interviews, documentary films, underground zines, news articles, music journals, memoirs, and oral histories.
Richard Besel was born in South Korea and raised in Germany and is currently an Associate Professor in the Communication Studies Department at California Polytechnic State University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 2007. After a fifteen-year break from writing poetry, he has once again embraced his pen for creative endeavors. His areas of expertise include rhetorical theory, history, and criticism; environmental communication; science communication; media studies; and political communication. One of his current book projects, Performance on Behalf of the Environment, co-edited with Dr. Jnan Blau, is forthcoming with Lexington Books and is scheduled for a December release.
Louis Bury is a Language Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program at New York University. His first book, Exercises in Criticism: The Theory and Practice of Literary Constraint, is forthcoming from Dalkey Archive Press in early 2014.
Matt Englund is a doctoral candidate at Binghamton University nearing completion of his dissertation project Philip K Dick and the Act of Reading, which develops a comparative reading of the author’s work that reveals a sustained mediation on the metaphysics of literature and the dynamics of authority, interpretation, and textuality. This project is an instance of Matt’s broader engagement with allusion, intertextuality, and the relationship of interpretation and epistemology as it appears in science fiction and postmodern fiction. He has recently presented on Dick’s novel Galactic Pot-Healer at the International Philip K. Dick Conference in Dortmund, Germany, and on Jeff Noon’s Vurt novels at the 2013 Eaton Science Fiction Conference in Riverside, California.
Melissa Frost is a 2nd year PhD student at the University of Virginia. Before attending Univerity of Virginia, she completed a double major at the University of Oregon in Spanish and International Studies. When she is not studying in Virginia or teaching in Peru, she travels between her childhood home in Mexico and her birth State of Montana, where she maintains strong ties with her extended family of The Crow Indian Reservation. Her research interests have been heavily influenced by her passion for understanding the discourses that have hindered the autonomy of indigenous peoples.
Christien Garcia is a PhD candidate in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. His research considers psychoanalytic discourse to ask questions about imaginary and political life. His recent publications include “Limited Intimacy: Bareback Culture and the Imaginary” (forthcoming 2013, Textual Practice) and “Queering the Praxis Divide” (2010, Psychology & Sexuality). Christien invites you to visit whenwebuildagain.org where he regularly contributes writing and images.
Bill Kroeger grew up in New York City, graduating from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and Carleton College in Northfield, Mn. After school, he lived in the city, where he worked as a paralegal. He moved briefly to Missoula, Montana and Denver, Colorado before finishing 1 year at Vermont Law School. Following the academic year of September 11, he returned to his family farmstead in Amenia, partly because he decided he would not ultimately embark on a career in environmental legal work that was sure to carry him far from my home and my family. Beginning in 2004, he completed initial and certification training with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators in Amenia, NY. He tutored dyslexic students of all ages, and started to teach as a substitute in Northwest Connecticut’s Region One schools (where he still works). From 2008-2011, he supplemented my education income by clerking at the IGA supermarket in Kent, Ct. while he commuted to Hartford for state teacher training and certification in high school English. He currently teaches First Year Composition at SUNY New Paltz, and he is studying for his master’s degree in English Literature, which he will complete in Spring 2014. He has continued to help my mother, Sharon Kroeger, run a General Store, where he facilitates his Friday community chess evenings. They also maintain a modest sheep herd and keep a small vegetable garden. Next term, he will teach a section of composition at New Paltz entitled “Poetry as Argument.”
Michelle S. Lee is an associate professor of composition, creative writing, and literature at Daytona State College. She received her MA in creative writing and PhD in English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. Recently, her work has been published with Northwind magazine, Architrave Press, the Summer Online issue of So To Speak feminist journal of language and art, and in the anthology Writing That Risks by Red Bridge Press. For more information on her work, visit doctormichellelee.blogspot.com.
Laura Linker is an Assistant Professor of English at High Point University, and she also teaches women’s and gender studies courses. Her areas of coverage are eighteenth-and nineteenth-century British literature. Her primary research area of interest is British literature and culture of the “long” eighteenth century, 1660-1830. She has a longstanding interest in philosophy and British women writers, and she has presented research at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) and the Folger Shakespeare Library, where she received several grants and two ASECS fellowships for research and participation in Folger Institute conferences and seminars (2007, 2010, and 2012). Her book, Dangerous Women, Libertine Epicures, and the Rise of Sensibility, 1670-1730 (Ashgate, 2011), considers the female libertine figure, the neo-Epicurean revival, and the rise of sensibility in literature written from the late Stuart to the early Georgian periods in England.
She has published over twenty articles appearing in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research, Studies in English Literature, Papers on Language and Literature, New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century, and CEA Critic, among other journals and books. Her website is lauraleighlinker.wordpress.com.
Carmen Faye Mathes is a PhD candidate and instructor at the University of British Columbia. Currently writing a dissertation about disappointment and teaching a course about happiness, Carmen is interested in Romantic aesthetics and poetry. The painting “Moving Theory” was created last spring in Konstanz, Germany, while she tried to teach herself OOO Theory by listening to Timothy Morton’s online lecture videos.
Luke R. J. Maynard is a writer, poet, musician, and literary critic. Born and raised in London, Ontario, Luke spent his undergraduate years writing and cartooning for two student newspapers while touring with the Dixie Flyers, Canada’s longest-running bluegrass band, with whom he was recently inducted into the Jack Richardson Music Awards Hall of Fame. Active since then as an artist and academic in Victoria, British Columbia, Luke was a regular member of the Tongues of Fire spoken word collective and a PhD student at the University of Victoria. His dissertation, defended in the fall of 2013, focuses on secularization and early modern supernatural fiction. His first solo album, Desolation Sound, a song cycle celebrating the industrial boom towns of coastal BC, was released independently during this time, and sold more than ten but less than ten thousand copies.
This year, Luke has returned to London, where he is a sessional lecturer at Huron University College, teaching courses in poetics, mythology, and narrative while he continues to pursue his writing. Luke’s poetry has been published by Grubstreet, Sparks, and in chapbook form. “The Siege,” which examines the oxymoronic “idle activism” of the sitting protest through the lens of Anglo-Saxon heroic verse, is his first poem for Transverse.
Julie McIsaac is the author of Entry Level, a book of short fiction. Her manuscript, We Like Feelings. We Are Serious, was recently shortlisted for the 2013 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. She teaches and studies English Literature at Rutgers University and lives in New York City.
Annie Pfeifer is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at Yale University, focusing on late 19th and early 20th century German, Persian, and Anglo-American literature. She is interested in the intersection of literature, politics, and aesthetics. Her dissertation focus on the transformation of the practices and politics of collecting by modernist writers in exile. She received an M.A. in Political Theory from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.
Michelle Ramadan teaches English, Middle Eastern Literature, and Creative Writing at a small independent day school in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from Brown University, where she studied Arabic and Chinese language and literature.
Mirosh Thomas recently graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. Currently he teaches first year writing courses and work as course coordinator for world literature courses at University of Arkansas. His principle research areas are epics, colonial literature, postcolonial literature and translation.
Alexandra van Nievelt