The Bull Calf

Reviews of Fiction, Poetry, and Literary Criticism

2012 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.



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.


 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).

Sarah Bezan is a contract faculty member of The University of Winnipeg’s Department of English, specializing in critical animal studies, waste aesthetics, and women’s writing. She is also a contributor to the Journal for Critical Animal Studies and Criterion. An incoming Ph.D. student at The University of Alberta, Sarah’s SSHRC-funded doctoral dissertation is entitled “Post-mortem Postmodernism(s): Dissecting the Corpse and Carcass in Contemporary Literature and Culture.”


Catherine Blaquière est étudiante à la maîtrise à l’Université Laval. Sous la direction de Guillaume Pinson, elle travaille sur la notion de deuil comme condition de la création artistique dans À la Recherche du temps perdu de Marcel Proust. 




 Ariel Buckley is a PhD student in English at McGill University and Managing Editor of CuiZine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures. Her research focuses on food and rationing in British fiction of the twentieth century.



Alison Calder is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, Film, and Theatre at the University of Manitoba, where she teaches Canadian literature and creative writing.  She has published extensively on prairie literature and culture.  Recent publications include a critical edition of Frederick Philip Grove’s Over Prairie Trails (Tecumseh) and an article on the collaborative poetry group Pain Not Bread (in Crosstalk).  Her poetry collection, Wolf Tree, was a finalist for the Pat Lowther and Gerald Lampert awards.


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.


Chelsea Cox is a recent M.A. graduate from the University of Saskatchewan.  Her final project was a posthumanist analysis of Philip K. Dick’s androids from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and the Cylons from Ronald D. Moore and David Eick’s reimagined television show Battlestar Galactica.  She hopes to continue reading and researching in the areas of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction, examining the roles of artificial life forms in sci-fi in more detail, and engaging with posthumanist criticism and theory.  Cox lives and writes in the Cypress Hills in Saskatchewan.


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.


Pascale Laurence Ducos a déposé son mémoire de maîtrise en études littéraires à l’Université Laval de Québec en juin 2012, « Poétique de la chronique dramatique de Catulle Mendès (1895-1897) ». Pascale Laurence Ducos poursuit actuellement ses études  en Archivistique (certificat) à l'Université Laval.




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.


Marc Fortin received his Ph.D. from Queen's University. 




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.



Catherine Groleau est étudiante à la maîtrise en littérature africaine francophone à l’Université Laval. Ses recherches portent sur l’hybridité textuelle et discursive d’auteurs africains contemporains. Elle est également collaboratrice pour la section Littérature de La Bible urbaine.



Andrea Gyenge is a SSHRC-supported doctoral student in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota where she studies continental philosophy, critical theory and literary modernism(s). Her dissertation will be on concepts of text and image in semiotics, psychoanalysis and French philosophy.  She has a BA in Cultural Studies from Trent University and is at work on a manuscript of ekphrastic poems on experimental cinema. Her favourite Canadian poet is Al Purdy.  


Jane Hu is an MA student currently studying at McGill University.



Après avoir complété un baccalauréat en études françaises à l’Université de Montréal,Xavier Jacob a déposé à la même université un mémoire de maîtrise en 2010, intituléFigures de la filiation littéraire dans Bourlinguer de Blaise Cendrars. Il a entrepris ses études doctorales à l’Université McGill à l’automne 2011, dont les recherches portent sur la question du minimalisme dans la poésie et le roman québécois contemporains. 



J. Rosel Kim will be entering her second year of law school at McGill University in September. Before law school, she obtained an MA in English Literature from McGill University. She is interested in the intersections of feminism, anti-racism and health law. You can read more about her at



Caroline Zoe Krzakowski recently completed her PhD in English at McGill University. Her dissertation focused on the language of diplomacy in later modernist British fiction. She is currently teaching in the Expository Writing Program at NYU and revising her dissertation for publication. She lives in Brooklyn.



Matthias Lalisse recently graduate from McGill University with a Masters of Arts degree.





Justin Pfefferle is a PhD candidate at McGill, where he's writing a dissertation about Surrealism and documentary in Britain during the Second World War. 




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. 


Michèle Rackham Hall is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Trent University in Peterborough, ON. She is presently working on a catalogue raisonné of the poet-artist P.K. Page-Irwin’s works of art as part of the Collected Works of P.K. Page (Porcupine’s Quill) and the Editing Modernism in Canada project. She is also working on a book project, based on her dissertation, which investigates the diverse interactions and collaborations among Canadian modernist poets and visual artists, as well as the aesthetic, thematic, and idiomatic relationships between their poems and works of art.


Jay Rawding is a doctoral student in English at the University of Waterloo. His areas of interest include Canadian literature, ecocritism, Romanticism, and theatre. He received his M.A. at the University of Toronto, and his B.A.  Honours degree from University of New Brunswick, Saint John. 


Honor Rieley has an MA in English from McGill University. In Fall 2012 she will be starting her PhD. Somewhere. That much is known. She is interested in the Scottish Romantic novel and its relationship to non-fiction about travelling and settling in North America.


Emily Robins Sharpe is a Ph.D. candidate at Penn State University. 





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.


Gabrielle Roy-Chevarier est doctorante au Département de langue et littérature françaises de McGill, où elle a aussi complété sa maîtrise. Amoureuse de Marcel Proust et de Franz Schubert, elle rédige une thèse sur le premier bercée par la musique du second. 




Véronique Samson a commencé à l’automne 2011 des études doctorales au Département de langue et littérature françaises de l’Université McGill. Dix-neuviémiste d’adoption, elle se penche tout particulièrement sur la conception du temps de quelques romanciers français de l’époque, par le biais d’une étude de leur mise en récit de vies. Il lui arrive aussi parfois de s’égarer dans des coups de cœur pour certains romanciers québécois contemporains. 

Eric Schmaltz is a writer, reviewer, curator, and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow at York University. His work has appeared in various places online and in print including Open Letter, Rampike, Poetry is Dead, dead g(end)er, filling station, and ditch. His first chapbook MITSUMI ELEC. CO. LTD.: keyboard poems is forthcoming from above/ground press. Eric lives in Toronto where he co-curates the AvantGarden reading series.



Kevin Shaw is an MA student in English at the University of Windsor. His poetry has appeared in The Malahat Review, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, and on London, ON city buses as part of Poetry in Motion



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

Tony Tremblay is Professor and Canada Research Chair in New Brunswick Studies at St. Thomas University. His recent work includes David Adams Richards of the Miramichi (2010) and The New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia (2011). His book,Fred Cogswell: The Many-Dimensioned Self, is forthcoming. 



 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 inEnglish Studies in Canada and Canadian Literature.

Paul Watkins is a SSHRC-supported doctoral student in the University of Guelph’s School of English and Theatre Studies, as well as a doctoral fellow with the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) project. His dissertation will focus on intersections between music and text, particularly as voiced by African Canadian poets. Recently, he has published reviews and articles on multiculturalism, Canadian poetry, jazz and improvisation, with a recent paper in Critical Studies in Improvisation titled, “Disruptive Dialogics: Improvised Dissonance in Thelonious Monk and Wu-Tang Clan’s 36 Chambers.” Currently living in Toronto, Paul is an aspiring musician, poet, and writer.


Ian Whittington is a doctoral candidate at McGill University. Though interested in twentieth-century British literature and culture in general, he is currently focused on a dissertation about the intersections of radio broadcasting and literature in Britain, especially during the Second World War.


Gillian Wigmore is the author of two books of poems: soft geography (2007), winner of the 2008 ReLit Award, and Dirt of Ages (2012).  Her poems and non-fiction have appeared in journals and anthologies and been nominated and short-listed for awards including the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize for Poetry and the Great BC Novel Prize.  A book of fiction is forthcoming with MotherTongue Press in 2013.  She lives in north-central BC. 



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