The Bull Calf

Reviews of Fiction, Poetry, and Literary Criticism

2016 Reviewers

Zachary Abram is a doctoral candidate in English/Canadian Studies at the University of Ottawa. His dissertation traces the representation of the soldier in Canadian war fiction. His written work has appeared in Studies in Canadian Literature, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, The Dalhousie Review and others.


Sarah Bezan is a doctoral candidate enrolled in The University of Alberta’s Department of English and Film Studies. Her doctoral thesis, “Posthuman Postmortalities: The Human and Animal Carcass in Contemporary Fiction and Film” is funded by a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship and an Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship. Sarah is a contributor to Mosaic, the Journal for Critical Animal Studies, the Journal of the African Literature Association, and Criterion.


K. S. A. Brazier-Tompkins is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Saskatchewan, where she is a Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellow. She specializes in the study of animals in Canadian literature, with a particular focus on realistic wild animal stories. She has been part of the editorial team for the University of Saskatchewan’s The Fieldstone Review since 2008.


David M. J. Carruthers is a PhD Candidate in English at Queen's University where he specializes in the environmental humanities and contemporary North American literatures.  He is the co-editor of the anthology Perma/Culture, forthcoming in Routledge's Environmental Humanities series, and a copy editor for the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada's biennial publication, The Goose.  His research interests include popular representations of grassroots environmental activisms and phenomenological approaches to plant-human intersections.


Courtney Church holds an MA in English from Concordia University and will be beginning a PhD at the University of Western Ontario in the fall of 2015. Her work focuses on modern fiction, drama, and contemporary critical theory. 



The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and the 7th Parliamentary [National] Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke is an Africadian (African-Nova Scotian).  A prized poet, his 14th work is Extra Illicit Sonnets (Exile, 2015).  Now teaching African-Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard.  He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada.

Gediminas Dainius holds a BA in Honours English and Creative Writing from Concordia University, where he is currently completing his MA in English. His research interests include violent masculinity and the perseverance of the frontier myth in contemporary American fiction.


Scott Daley currently lives in Vancouver and works mostly as a freelance French and German to English translator and proofreader. He holds a Master of Arts degree in English from McGill, where his research examined the limitations of postmodernism and the uneasy return of sincerity in contemporary American literature, particularly David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. He enjoys reading, language learning, movies, TV, cooking, running, social media-ing, and imbibing too much coffee.

Melissa Dalgleish is the Program Coordinator for the Research Training Centre at The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute and a PhD candidate in English at York University. She co-edits the #Alt-Academy project Graduate Training in the 21st Century, which focuses on the changing nature of graduate education, and writes for the feminist academic blog Hook & Eye. She primarily researches and writes about the myth-obsessed poets and theorists whose work dominated Canadian literature in the 1950s and 60s.

Après une thèse de maitrise sous la direction de François Paré où il emprunte les concepts d’Ansgar Nünning et de Linda Hutcheon sur la métahistoire pour les appliquer à un corpus de l’extrême contemporain québécois (Kim Thúy, Jocelyne Saucier, André Lamontagne et Élise Turcotte), Julien Defraeye est maintenant étudiant au doctorat à l’Université de Waterloo en Ontario, et se consacre à l’écopoétique chez Robert Lalonde, Louis Hamelin et Monique Proulx.


Sharon Engbrecht is a mother, writer, and artist. She is currently completing her Master’s degree at McGill University and hopes to continue on to PhD studies in western Canada. She studies global Anglophone literature since the 1970s and contemporary Canadian literature. Her most recent work deals with cultural and social debt in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian MaddAddam trilogy. Among other things, she enjoys writing letters to living authors and researching urban farming.


As a PhD student at the University of Victoria, David Eso studies the archived correspondence of Canadian poets. With Jeanette Lynes, he is co-editor of Where the Nights are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets, 1883-2014 (Goose Lane Editions, 2015). His writing appears in ARCCV2VallumFreefallfilling StationCanadian Literaturethe Calgary Heraldthe Rocky Mountain Outlook, and Under the Mulberry Tree: Poems For and About Raymond Souster.



Brandi Estey-Burtt is a PhD candidate at Dalhousie University’s Department of English, where she is both a SSHRC and Killam scholar.  She focuses on issues of religion and postsecularism in contemporary literature in addition to maintaining an interest in critical animal studies.




Kyle Flemmer founded The Blasted Tree Publishing Company in 2014 as a community of and outlet for emerging Canadian artists. He graduated from Concordia University with a double-major in Western Society & Culture and Creative Writing. Kyle is passionate about social satire, philosophy, and science, and enjoys writing poetry, short stories, and critical essays. Other hobbies include DJing under the alias Hydrogen Jukebox, tattooing, and the unmitigated pillage of second-hand book stores. 



Marc André Fortin is teaches at the Université de Sherbrooke. 




Carmen Gindi is an English professor at Fanshawe College. With an undergraduate degree from Egypt and an M.A. in English Literature from the US, Carmen is fairly new to Canada and its literature. Her teaching interests include interdisciplinary studies in the humanities, world literature, and rhetorical analysis. She is the mother of twin boys.


Andrea Hasenbank is a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta, where she is a Killam Memorial Scholar and a past Doctoral Fellow of Editing Modernism in Canada, as well as Project Coordinator for the Proletarian Literature & Arts project. Her research is grounded in the area of print history with a focus on the intersections between print, politics, and propaganda in Western Canada during the 1930s.




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




Allison Holloway is a writer and new teacher. She is currently completing her Master’s degree at McGill University, and hopes to continue on to PhD studies in Eastern Canada. Her research focuses on storytelling pedagogy as a tool for perspective taking. She enjoys playing soccer, drinking Guinness, and recording hilarious tidbits her three-year-old-daughter says.  



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. 



James McDonough completed his M.A. at McGill University.





Dr. Nick Milne is a part-time professor in the University of Ottawa's Department of English. His research focuses on the intersections of literary scholarship and historiography in the study of the First World War. His work has appeared in Canadian Literature, Tin House and Slate. He is a regular contributor to the University of Oxford’s Centenary blog, (WW1C), and he has been featured in documentary programs on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radios 3 and 4.




Kait Pinder received her PhD in Canadian literature from McGill University in 2015. She now teaches in the Foundation Year Programme at the University of King’s College in Halifax, where she is also beginning work on a new research project about compassion and Canadian fiction.




David R. Pitt was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and currently lives in Montreal with his beautiful wife. He is an English MA student at McGill University, his main areas being Early Modern English literature and Milton studies.




Amanda Ruffini completed her Masters in English Literature at Concordia University. Her research interests include children’s literature such as Harry Potter, fairy tales, fantasy and satire. Her thesis explored the presence of national discourse within the Harry Potter series and evaluated the ways in which it contributed to the allure of fantasy in the 21st century. 






Bryan Sentes is a proper noun: the patronym a solecism for Hungarian Szentes, from Latin sanctus, sacred or holy; the given name from Welsh Brân, raven or crow. Googled, “bryan sentes” can return 62,000+ hits, some of which refer to the author of Grand Gnostic Central (DC Books, 1998), Ladonian Magnitudes (DC Books, 2006), and March End Prill (BookThug, 2011), as well as a professor of English at Dawson College. 



Alix Shield is a PhD Student in English at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include West Coast First Nations orature and literature, versioning theory, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.



Valerie Silva is a Montreal-based editor. She holds a Master's degree in English from McGill University, where she specialized in literary activism, feminist theory, and contemporary Canadian life writing.




Upon completing her BA in English and Theatre Studies in 2014, Abigail Slinger began work on her Masters’ research on nineteenth-century, Canadian literature and material cultures at Concordia University. She quickly realized, however, that her true talents lay elsewhere. Ms. Slinger currently helps to provide various supportive services to members of Montreal’s homeless population as she pursues undergraduate coursework in social psychology.


Luke Stark was born and raised in Toronto, and has written for publications including The Atlantic, The New Inquiry, and The LA Review of Books. He holds a doctorate in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University, and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College. He tweets @luke_stark, blogs at, and lives in Norwich, Vermont. 


Carl Watts is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at Queen’s University. His dissertation is on ethnic and national identities in contemporary Canadian literature; his more recent research interests include the rhetorical constructions of avant-garde and mainstream poetry. His critical writing has appeared most recently in The Winnipeg Review, Partisan, and American Review of Canadian Studies; his poetry has been published in CV2, Grain, The Mackinac, The Best Canadian Poetry 2014, and elsewhere.

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