The Bull Calf

Reviews of Fiction, Poetry, and Literary Criticism

2011 Reviewers

Reviewer bios are as of press time.


Zachary Abram is a doctoral candidate at the University of Ottawa. He is working toward a dissertation on representations of the Canadian soldier in Canadian war fiction. He is particularly interested in novels written by Canadian veterans in the post-war period. He has contributed to the Journal of Canadian Poetry.


Cameron Anstee lives and writes in Ottawa ON where he runs Apt. 9 Press. He will be pursuing a PhD in English Literature at the University of Ottawa in September 2011.




Adèle Barclay is a PhD candidate at the University of Victoria where she holds a CGS scholarship and studies American women’s poetry. Her poetry has been published in Branch Magazine, Scrivener, Queen’s Feminist Review, and the anthology Lake Effect III.


Jen Bartlett is currently studying for a PhD at the University of York’s Centre for Medieval Studies as part of the AHRC-funded research project “England’s Immigrants 1330-1550.” Mostly this involves thinking about metaphorical camels. She has published on Don DeLillo and ideas of literature as terrorism, but infinitely prefers medieval travel writing, and thinking about Purgatory. Tea and dark chocolate Hobnobs feature heavily in her life.


Mike Bennett is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at McMaster University. He is currently working on a dissertation about Deleuze and Aristotle.



Gregory Betts is the Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies at Brock University. He is the author of Avant Garde Canadian Literature: The Early Manifestations (University of Toronto Press, 2012). His most recent books of poetry include The Obvious Flap (with Gary Barwin; BookThug 2011) and The Others Raisd in Me (Pedlar 2009).

Shelley Boyd is a faculty member of the English department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, British Columbia. She is currently completing a book manuscript that examines the intersections of writing and gardening in Canadian literature. Her publications on Gabrielle Roy, Aritha Van Herk, and Carol Shields have appeared in English Studies in Canada (2006), The Brock Review (2008), and Her Na-rra-tion: Women’s Narrative of the Canadian Nation(2009), respectively.


Laura Cameron is a PhD student at McGill University, where she studies Canadian modernist poetry. She did her BA (Honours) in English and French at Glendon College (York University), and her MA at McGill, where she wrote a Research Paper on the fiction of Canadian writer Lisa Moore.



Amanda Clarke is a PhD student at McGill University. Her current work focuses on the figure of the tramp, domestic deconstructions, and theatrical nationalism in Ireland.


Nathalie Cooke is professor of English and associate provost at McGill; her publications focus on Canadian literature, culture & foodways and include a biography of Atwood (1998), commentary on the process of writing that biography (2000), and critical companion to her work (2004).


Melissa Dalgleish is the Research Officer in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and a doctoral candidate in English at York University. Her research focuses on Jay Macpherson’s modernist work and the mythopoeic turn Canadian poetry takes in the 1950s, as well as graduate training and reform. She is also a founding editor of Pivot: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought and an Editing Modernism in Canada graduate fellow.

Joel Deshaye is an assistant professor at Memorial University. His articles and reviews have appeared in various Canadian and international journals. He is the author of The Metaphor of Celebrity: Canadian Poetry and the Public, 1955-1980 (2013).


Emily Essert is a PhD candidate in English at McGill. Her dissertation, A Modernist Menagerie, investigates representations of animals in modern poetry, focusing on the work T.S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, H.D., Irving Layton and P.K. Page. Her research interests include modern North American and British poetry, with an emphasis on socio-historical and formalist approaches. She has published on e.e. cummings, and has articles in progress on the long poems of Ezra Pound and Louis Dudek, and on writers’ personal libraries.


Claudine Gélinas-Faucher is a PhD student at McGill University. She is also an associate editor for The Bull Calf: Reviews of Fiction, Poetry, and Literary Criticism. Her current research focuses on the emergence of Montreal-based literary and artistic societies at the turn of the twentieth century. 


Rachel Graf teaches at the University of Washington where she is also a PhD student in English. Her research interests include late twentieth century narrative, women writers and film. She is especially interested in postmodernism, feminism and representations of history. 



Allan Hepburn is Professor of English at McGill University. He has published two books: Intrigue: Espionage and Culture (2005) and Enchanted Objects: Visual Art in Contemporary Fiction(2010). He has also edited three volumes of material by Elizabeth Bowen, including previously ungathered short stories, essays, and radio broadcasts. In addition to writing a critical book about Bowen's fiction, he is researching a book on faith in mid-century British culture.

Jocelyne Kilpatrick is a second year Master's Student at McGill University in the Department of English. Her dominant interest is understanding the relation between poetry and communication. At the moment she is working on a research paper that compares the poetry of Leonard Cohen with the theories of Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye. Her background is in modern languages and literatures and philosophy.


Désirée Lamoureux est doctorante au Département de French Studies à l’Université de Western Ontario. Spécialiste de littérature concentrationnaire, elle a écrit une thèse de maîtrise à ce sujet à l’Université d’Ottawa. Elle a aussi signé de sa plume plusieurs communications présentées dans des colloques internationaux ainsi que des articles toujours à paraître dans La pensée et les hommes.

Vanessa Lent is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Dalhousie  University. Her dissertation "'Unseasonable Forms': Late Modernism's Exiles and Canadian Fiction" identifies John Glassco, Sheila Watson, Elizabeth Smart, and Malcolm Lowry as participating in "late modernism," a classification that interrogates the boundaries between modernism and postmodernism in Canadian literature. 


Lisa Levesque is a Graduate Student in English at the University of Ottawa. Her interests include American Modernism, Postmodernism and identity politics, and she is also a practicing artist.


Eli MacLaren is an assistant professor of Canadian literature at McGill University, on leave until 2013 as a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at Carleton University. He is the author of Dominion and Agency: Copyright and the Structuring of the Canadian Book Trade, 1867–1918 (University of Toronto Press, 2011), which explains the origins of the agency system of book publishing. Like Sinclair Ross, he is a Prairie boy transplanted to Montreal.


Brandon McFarlane is a University of Toronto doctoral candidate. He's completing his dissertation on Canadian Urban Fiction.



Hannah McGregor is a SSHRC-funded PhD student in the University of Guelph’s School of English and Theatre Studies, a doctoral fellow at TransCanada Institute, and a graduate fellow for Editing Modernism in Canada. Her research engages with the ethics of representation in the context of white Canadian women’s representations of “foreign” spaces. 


Samuel Mercier est étudiant à la maîtrise en littératures de langue française à l'Université de Montréal. Il a été récipiendaire d'une bourse du CRSH pour son mémoire qui porte sur la réception des romans de Mordecai Richler au Québec francophone. Il contribue également aux revues Spirale et Lettres Québécoises.
 Kait Pinder is currently a PhD candidate at McGill University. She studies the Canadian modern novel and enjoys laughing out loud.


Ryan Porter lives and teaches in Ottawa. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Queen's University. His dissertation, "'You Can't Get There From Here': Small-Town Ontario, Nostalgia, and Urban Memory in the Works of Selected Ontario Writers," recently won the Queen's English Department's A.C. Hamilton Prize for Outstanding Merit, and his articles and reviews have appeared in a number of journals. 



Renaud Roussel is a PhD student in the English department at McGill. His current research focuses on contemporary interpretations of John Franklin's last expedition in Canadian literature and, more specifically, in the works of David Solway, Dominique Fortier, and Helen Humphreys.



Naben Ruthnum recently completed his M.A. in English at McGill. His thesis dealt with Oscar Wilde's influence on the British ghost story in the early twentieth century. He is currently writing fiction
in Vancouver.



Suzannah Showler is completing an M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto. Her non-fiction and poetry have appeared in The WalrusToronto Life, OpenFile TorontoCV2, and The Puritan, and she is a regular contributor to She collects narratives about lost objects at


Dani Spinosa is a PhD candidate at York University, where she studies experimental North American poetry and anarchism. She did her BA (Honours) in English at York, and her MA at Wilfrid Laurier.


Dale Tracy is a doctoral student in the English department at Queen’s University. Her research interests include attention, vulnerability, intimacy, communication, and responsibility; she will think about these issues in a dissertation focused on compassion and suffering in contemporary transnational witness poetry. Dale is assistant editor of the online open access journal Modern Horizons


Peter Webb's research on war-related subjects has appeared in theJournal of Canadian Studies and essay collections from DeGruyter Press and the University of Ottawa Press. He is the editor of the recently published volume From Room to Room: The Poetry of Eli Mandel from Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Work on a book about Canadian First World War fiction is ongoing.


 J. A. Weingarten is a Ph.D. candidate at McGill University. He is also the recipient of a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. His thesis, Postwar Canadian Modernism and Historiographic Poetry, 1962-1986, explores trends in later Canadian modernist writing. His recent publications include an article on the poetry of Al Purdy and George Bowering in Open Letter (Fall 2010), as well as reviews in English Studies in Canada and Canadian Literature.


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