The Bull Calf

Reviews of Fiction, Poetry, and Literary Criticism

2013 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 and sessional lecturer at the University of Victoria where she holds a CGS scholarship and researches American poetry and visual culture. Her writing has appeared in Branch Magazine, Queen's Feminist Review, The Media Res, and the anthology Lake Effect III (edited by Carolyn Smart). She is the editor of Stroboscope, an online poetry magazine (


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.

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.   
Julie Cartier est détentrice d’un baccalauréat en études littéraires, d’un diplôme spécialisé en enseignement du français au collégial et d’une maîtrise. Son mémoire déposé à l’université Laval en mai 2012 porte sur la fictionnalisation dans le travail journalistique de George Sand (1804-1876). Elle fait présentement de la suppléance au secondaire en attendant un poste permanent.

Tara Chambers graduated with a BA in English and Philosophy from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. Currently she is a PhD student at the University of Saskatchewan where she also received her MA in English Literature. Her work focuses on Renaissance and Early Modern Literature, particularly John Milton’s political philosophy as it is presented in Paradise Lost
Marise Chartrand fait présentement son doctorat à l’université d’Ottawa. Ses recherches portent sur les sources et les ressources françaises de Sherlock Holmes. Elle donne également des cours de français et écrit de la poésie pour le plaisir.
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.
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.

Après avoir commencé des études des mondes anglophones en France, Julien Defraeye est maintenant étudiant en maîtrise en études françaises à l’université de Waterloo, en Ontario. Ses recherches se concentrent sur le concept de dualité dans les romans québécois contemporains.
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).
Marc André Fortin is an assistant professor of Canadian literature and intercultural studies at l’Université de Sherbrooke. His recent work looks at the connections between science and faith in contemporary literature, although he prefers to spend his time hunting through archives.


Margo Gouley holds a PhD from York University, where she wrote a dissertation on the role of organic metaphors in nineteenth-century English-Canadian critical discourse. Her reviews of fiction and criticism have appeared in Canadian Literature.


Theresa Guihan is an MA in English at McGill University. Her primary research focuses on Victorian England, particularly opium use in the sensation novel and more recently, the nineteenth-century temperance movement. She lives in Montreal.

Deborah Hemming recently completed her M.A. in English at McGill University. Her research focuses on depictions of suburbia and domestic culture in post-World War II Canadian and American literature. She is also a food writer who lives, eats and writes in Montreal, QC.
Max Karpinski is a second year Master's Student in English Literature at McGill University who primarily studies contemporary experimental North American poetry. He is the Poetry Editor of the Scrivener Creative Review.  
Catherine Lacharité Mueller is an MA student in Comparative Canadian Literature at Université de Sherbrooke. Some of her many literary interests include artistic imagery, writing, outrageous metaphor, myth, magic realism, and historical fiction. 
Maude Lapierre is a PhD candidate at the Université de Montréal, department of English, where she is completing her SSHRC-funded dissertation entitled “The Hybridity of Violence: Location, Dislocation, and Relocation in Contemporary Canadian Multicultural and Indigenous Writing.” ACQL-ALCQ awarded her the Barbara Godard prize in 2009 and an honourable mention in 2011. She has also published articles in Studies in Canadian Literature, Canadian Literature, and Canadian Literature Online.
Micaela Maftei obtained a PhD in English Literature/Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow in 2011. Originally from Toronto, she will soon be moving to Turkey.
Daniel Perry's fiction has been short-listed in the Vanderbilt/Exile Competition, has twice earned Summer Literary Seminars Unified Literary Contest fellowships, and has appeared in more than 20 publications including The Dalhousie Review, Exile Literary Quarterly, Maple Tree Literary Supplement and Little Fiction. He obtained an MA from the Centre for Comparative Literature (University of Toronto) in 2007, and has also reviewed books for The Antigonish ReviewBroken Pencil, and his blog:


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. 
Anna Sigg is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of English at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Her research interests include European modern and postmodern theatre, psychoanalytic theory, music, and poetry. Her dissertation explores the connection between trauma and the body in modern and postmodern European drama.  
Erin Wunker is an assistant professor (limited term) in the Department of English at Mount Allison University. Her areas of research include Canadian literature, contemporary Canadian poetry and poetics, and feminist and critical theory. She co-founded and co-edits the feminist academic blog Hook & Eye: Fast Feminism, Slow Academe.


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