I teach courses in editing, composition, intro creative writing, and poetry in the English Department, as well as coordinate the university’s Writing Centre and serve on its writing initiatives and writing advisory committees. Piloted the campus ‘Voices Project’ (Alexa McDonough Institute), which grew into The MacDonald Room Reading Series for established and emerging women writers, open to the public, now in its fifth year.
Interests are interdisciplinary writing, metaphor, poetics, all aspects of manuscript work, multi-voiced structures, and the application of ‘lyric philosophy’ in higher education—“something that for an instant joins the ear, nose, skin, tongue, and heart with the eye and the mind” (Zwicky, Lyric Philosophy).
Recent work in that area is the book chapter “‘Conversations with a Toad’: a prologue to polyphony” in Listening for the Heartbeat of Being: the arts of Robert Bringhurst (McGill-Queen’s 2015); with Mark Dickinson, contributing co-editor of Lyric Ecology(Cormorant); and the book Cantata (forthcoming Wolsak and Wynn). Presented on metaphor, the value of conversation in teaching, and polyphonic projects at conferences for writing, creative writing, and higher education. Published occasional work for peer-reviewed literary journals, books, conference proceedings, magazines, radio, etc.
Prior to teaching, I served as an editor with Brick Books and Gaspereau Press as well as editing academic and trade books and other work for the education and publishing sectors. As a substantive or stylistic literary editor, sample texts include The Fiddlehead (issues 1993–96); Marlene Cookshaw’s Lunar Drift; Karen Press’s Spine; Heather Pyrcz’s Viaticum; John Terpstra’s Falling Into Place; Robert Bringhurst’s Everywhere Being is Dancing, The Tree of Meaning, and The Solid Form of Language; Helen Humphreys’ Anthem; and Don McKay’s Vis à Vis: field notes on poetry and wilderness.