The Bull Calf

Reviews of Fiction, Poetry, and Literary Criticism

2014 Reviewers

Reviewer bios are as of press time.


Catherine Bond est étudiante à la maîtrise en littératures de langue française à l’Université de Montréal. Son intérêt pour la science-fiction féministe n’a d’égal que son obsession pour l’œuvre romanesque de Victor Hugo. Elle s’intéresse également au vaste domaine de la science-fiction et à la vision de celle-ci dans la culture populaire. Son mémoire de maîtrise portera sur la figure de l’amazone et la construction de sociétés matriarcales en science-fiction, sujet inspiré par les romans Les Guérillères de Monique Wittig et Les Amazones de Josée Marcotte.

David Boucher est doctorant au Département des littératures de langue française à l'Université de Montréal, où il enseigne aussi comme chargé de cours. Ses recherches actuelles portent sur les représentations du futur et du totalitarisme dans le roman d'anticipation français et québécois contemporain (Michel Houellebecq, Maurcie G. Dantec, Nelly Arcan, Antoine Volodine).



Emily Boyle is currently completing an M.A. in English at York University. Her interests lie in racialized politics, questions of identity, and feminist criticism.




Laura Cameron is a PhD candidate at McGill University, where she studies Canadian literature and modernist poetry. Her dissertation focuses on periods of “poetic silence” in the careers of writers including P.K. Page, Phyllis Webb, and Leonard Cohen.




Mario A. D’Agostino is a third-year doctoral student in English at York University.  His primary areas of research are Canadian literature, American literature, and historiography. He lives in Windsor, ON.




Scott Daley currently lives in Vancouver. He holds an M.A. in English from McGill, where his research examined postmodernism and contemporary American literature. He enjoys reading, writing, movies, TV, cooking (and writing about cooking), and running. He has a chapter forthcoming in Shapeshifters, Cyborgs, and Psychedelics: Analyzing the Alternate Worlds of J.J. Abrams’ Fringe (eds. Sherry Ginn, Tanya R. Cochran, and Paul Zinder). 


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.


Rohit K Dasgupta is an associate lecturer and doctoral student at University of the Arts London. His research aims to study digital queer spaces in India and seeing how they play an integral part in identity formation and also challenge contemporary Indian nationalism. He has recently co-edited Masculinity and its Challenges in India (Mcfarland, forthcoming).


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).




Gabrielle Drouin a complété un baccalauréat en 2013 à l’Université de Montréal en Littératures de langue française dont une session fût en échange à l’Université Paris III. Elle est présentement étudiante au deuxième cycle, toujours au département des Littératures de langue française de l’Université de Montréal où elle se spécialise dans la dramaturgie contemporaine québécoise. Son mémoire en recherche-création portera sur les usages et enjeux de la l’humour et la violence dans la pièce Rouge gueule d’Étienne Lepage.


Kaitlynde Eaton is a MA student at McGill University. Her current work focuses on the New Woman’s revisions of sacred-marriage in late Nineteenth-Century fiction. She obtained her BA (Honours) from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 


Coleen Even a effectué sa licence LLCE (Langues, Littératures et Civilisation Étrangères) au sein de l’Université de Nantes, en anglais. Après avoir commencé sa première année de Master, elle s’est rendue six mois en Afrique du Sud, à l’Université du Witwatersrand afin d’effectuer des travaux de recherche pour son mémoire portant sur les problèmes d’identité nationale et d’immigration. Elle a également travaillé sur les représentations culturelles britanniques dans la colonie du Cap (1795-1837). Entre temps, elle a effectué un échange avec l’Université de Waterloo et s’est finalement inscrite au doctorat afin de travailler sur la diaspora et la perte d’identité de la communauté française de la colonie du Cap de 1687 à la moitié du XVIIIe siècle.

Alana Fletcher is a doctoral candidate in the department English Language and Literature at Queen’s University. Her dissertation examines how Indigenous and cross-cultural textual production has advanced a small Northern community’s struggle for environmental justice. Alana’s scholarly articles and book reviews have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Victorian Review, Sargasso, PBSC, and Canadian Literature.

Jason Grand is a second year Master’s student in English Literature at McGill university where he is currently finishing his SSHRC-funded research project entitled “From the Penny Press to Pickwick Papers: Charles Dickens and The Rise of Mass Publications in The 1830s.”



Colin Hill is a professor of English Literature at the University of Toronto.



David Hollingshead is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Brown University where he studies turn-of-the-century American realism and naturalism.





Graham Jensen is a doctoral student at Dalhousie University, where he holds a Joseph-Armand Bombardier SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship.  He has published on Louis Dudek, and he is interested in modernist poetry, Canadian literature, and forms of religious expression in twentieth-century texts.


Karen Kachra is a poet and creative writer whose recent publication credits include Geist, In/Words Magazine, and The Fieldstone Review. She teaches creative writing and literature at Seneca College and holds a PhD in Philosophy from Northwestern University. See what's she's up to at 


Zane Koss is a recent graduate of the Master's of English Literature program at McGill University, where his research focused on re-examining Dudek’s relationship with Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams in order to better understand the decentralized, non-hierarchical political structures that Louis Dudek’s 1950s poetry models. He is currently at work further exploring the networks of social interaction operating across the Canada-US border during the 1950s and 60s, experimental poetic form and radical political vision.


Allison LaSorda lives in Toronto. Her reviews have appeared in Lemon Hound, The Malahat Review, and The Fiddlehead.




Michelle LeDonne holds an MA in English Literature from McGill University, where she wrote a research paper on Lady Gaga and self-reflexive representations of celebrity.



Olivia Lifman is a J.D. student at the University of Toronto. She previously earned a M.Phil in Modern and Contemporary Literature at the University of Cambridge and a First Class Honours B.A. in English Literature at McGill University. She researches: T.S. Eliot; P.K. Page; modernism and the performing arts; law and literature; juvenilia and childhood; and, editing modernism.




Irene Mangoutas is a PhD Candidate at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is currently writing her dissertation on memory, nostalgia, and fantasy in neo-Victorian British literature and film, with a particular interest in English country house narratives and the Great War. Irene is on the editorial board of The Lamp, the graduate creative writing journal at Queen’s University. She holds a BA (‘09) and MA (‘10) from the University of Toronto.  



Gillian Massel holds an M.A. in English Literature from Dalhousie University where her thesis examined the autobiographical personas in selected fiction by Michael Ondaatje. Gillian's interests include Canadian Literature, Modernism, and Post-colonial theory.  


Kaarina Mikalson is a Master’s student in the English Literature at the University of Alberta. Her research interests include Canadian involvement in the Spanish Civil War, life writing, mapping, and affect theory. As a research assistant, she has contributed to many projects on Canadian modernisms and Canadian poetics. Born in Calgary, she tries desperately to balance her love of Halifax with her life in the Prairies.




 Jennifer Pan is a Master's student at McGill University.




Matthew Redmond has just completed his BA in English Literature at McGill University, where he is now working on his MA. His research interests include nineteenth-century American literature, postwar Canadian prose, and the novels and influence of Dickens. He has also contributed creative work to several student magazines, including the Veg, Steps, and Paper’s Edge.




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.


Will Smith holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham, where he wrote a dissertation on the representation of Toronto in twenty-first-century English-Canadian literature. He is currently an associate lecturer at Lancaster University. His reviews of fiction and criticism have appeared in The Malahat Review, Matrix and The British Journal of Canadian Studies.


Bart Vautour is Assistant Professor (LTA) at Dalhousie University where he teaches in the Department of English and the Canadian Studies Program. His scholarly work focuses on the emergence of modernism in Canada, Canadian cultural involvement in the Spanish Civil War, as well as the public role of poetics in Canada. With Emily Robins Sharpe, he directs the “Canada and the Spanish Civil War” project ( 




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