Executive Board and Staff / Comité directeur et personnel


CLC Executive Committee

Sarah Wylie Krotz (CLC Director) - krotz@ualberta.ca

Marie Carrière (Past Director) - carriere@ualberta.ca

Jordan Abel - jabel@ualberta.ca

CJ Bogle - cjbogle@ualberta.ca

Danielle Fuller - dfuller@ualberta.ca

Curtis Gillespie - dcgillespie@shaw.ca

Peter Midgley- peter@midgley.ca

Kristine Smitka - smitka@ualberta.ca


CLC Staff

Austen Lee, Business Manager - cdnlit@ualberta.ca

Before taking on the role of Business Manager, Austen Lee was a student volunteer at the CLC. She holds a BA (Hons) in English and Creative Writing (University of Alberta, 2018) and an MA in English (University of Alberta, 2020). Her writing has appeared in EDify, Glass Buffalo, Poetry Is Dead, PRISM international, and Grain. She is the recipient of an AMPA Gold Award for Poetry (2018) and the James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction (2017).


Sarah Wylie Krotz (Director)


Sarah Wylie Krotz is an associate professor in the Department of English and Film Studies, where she researches the spatial and ecological dimensions of literature. Her book Mapping with Words: Anglo-Canadian Literary Cartographies, 1789-1916 (U of T, 2018) explores the ways that writers negotiated and made sense of the shifting landscapes of early Canada, particularly in relation to Indigenous sovereignties and dispossession and environmental change. She is currently co-editing a book called The Politics of the Canoe (U of M) with Bruce Erickson (Geography, University of Manitoba), an interdisciplinary collection of essays on the multivalenced political meanings of this significant national icon. Her recent articles, such as “A Natural History of Loss: Reading ‘The Last Bison’ in the Age of Loneliness” (Canadian Poetry, 2019) and “The Affective Geography of Wild Rice: A Literary Study” (SCL/ELC 2017, winner of the Herb Wyile Prize), work to deepen our understanding of Canada’s complex literary ecologies, and the possibilities they open up for rethinking our relationships with the land.



Marie Carrière (Past Director)


Marie Carrière (BA Ottawa, MA Queen’s, PhD Toronto) teaches Canadian, Indigenous, and Québécois literatures in the Department of English & Film Studies. She was director of the CLC from 2008 to 2020, and is now Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts. Her 2020 monograph, Metafeminist Practices in Canada, is published with McGill-Queen’s University Press, and her current research explores ecofeminist interventions in sustainability and anthropocene theory. She has published oft cited articles and books including Médée protéiforme (UOttawaP, 2012) and Writing in the Feminine in French and English Canada: A Question of Ethics (UTorontoP 2002), as well as edited volumes and special journal issues including All the Feels: Affect and Writing in Canada/Tous les sens: Affect et écriture au Canada (with Ursula Mathis-Moser and Kit Dobson, UAlbertaP 2020) and Regenerations: Canadian Women’s Writing/Régénérations: Écritures de femmes au Canada (with Patricia Demers, UAlbertaP 2013), among several other volumes. With Curtis Gillespie and Jason Purcell, she curated the award-winning critical anthology, Ten Canadian Writers in Context (UAlbertaP 2016). Her SSHRC-funded research has led to a number of publications in both English and French on migrant literatures in Canada and Québec, contemporary writing by women, the ethics of care, and feminist theory.


Jordan Abel


Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from Vancouver. He is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize). Abel’s latest project NISHGA (forthcoming from McClelland & Stewart in 2021) is a deeply personal and autobiographical book that attempts to address the complications of contemporary Indigenous existence and the often invisible intergenerational impact of residential schools. Abel recently completed a PhD at Simon Fraser University, and is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta where he teaches Indigenous Literatures and Creative Writing.


CJ Bogle


Cornel (CJ) Bogle is a Jamaican-born PhD Candidate in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. Their research and teaching interests include Caribbean and Caribbean Canadian writing, auto/biography studies, diaspora studies, and contemporary poetics. Their doctoral project comprises a collection of lyric and found poetry that inquire into Caribbean Canadian literatures, epistolary practices, cross cultural poetics, literary friendships, and masculinities. Their writing has been published in the Journal of West Indian Literature, Canadian Literature, Studies in Canadian Literature, sx salon, Moko Magazine, and Pree: Caribbean Writing.






Danielle Fuller


Danielle Fuller joined the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta in 2018. Before that, she worked at the University of Birmingham, UK for twenty-one years. Her Ph.D. was in Canadian Literature, and her first book was Writing the Everyday: Women's Textual Communities in Atlantic Canada (2004). Although most of Danielle's research is now within the field of contemporary book culture studies, more specifically, in cultures of reading, she maintains a strong interest in the production, circulation and reception of Canadian literatures within and outside Canada as part of that work. Other publications include, with DeNel Rehberg Sedo, Reading Beyond the Book: The Social Practices of Contemporary Literary Culture (2013). During her years in Birmingham, Danielle spent eight years on the Board of Directors for Writing West Midlands, the literature development agency for that region, two years on the Board of HEARTH Arts, and also collaborated with several writers, game designers and arts organizations on both research-creation projects and events.



Curtis Gillespie


Curtis Gillespie is the author of five books of fiction and non-fiction. His journalism has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, The Walrus, New Trail and many other publications. For his magazine writing on the arts, politics, society and travel, Gillespie has won seven National Magazine Awards, including a record-tying four awards in 2014. In 2010, he co-founded the narrative journalism magazine Eighteen Bridges, which he edits and publishes, and which has received twelve National Magazine Awards. In 2017, Eighteen Bridges was named Magazine of the Year by AMPA, and in 2018 Gillespie was named Editor of the Year by AMPA. He was a recipient of the University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award in 2014 and the Edmonton Artists Trust Fund Award in 2016.




Peter Midgley


Peter Midgley is the director of STARFest, the St. Albert Readers Festival. When he is not doing festival work, he writes and edits. His writings include three children's books, three collections of poetry, two plays, and a nonfiction account of a return to Namibia, the country of his birth. His latest book is a collection of poetry, let us not think of them as barbarians (NeWest Press, 2019).





Kristine Smitka


Kristine Smitka is an Associate Lecturer and the First-Year English Coordinator in the Department of English and Film Studies. With a focus on Canadian literature and book history, she has published on Marshall McLuhan’s academic and artistic networks, Sheila Watson’s little-known fascination with photography, and McClelland and Stewart’s publication scheme for Leonard Cohen’s controversial novel Beautiful Losers. While she has taught a wide range of classes at the University of Alberta, including narrative theory, popular culture, and Canadian literature, she predominantly teaches writing-intensive classes at the first-year level.