English and Film Studies


Erina Harris

Email: eh@ualberta.ca

Erina Harris is a SSHRC Post Doctoral Fellow working alongside poet and Professor Christine Stewart. Erina completed a PhD in Poetics and Creative Writing at the University of Calgary where she was also a Graduate Fellow at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities. She is a graduate and Fellow of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop MFA Program. Erina’s writing has been published across North America and in Europe and Great Britain and has been short-listed for the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award, the Air Canada Award, and the Ralph Gustavson Award. Her poetry book The Stag Head Spoke (2014, Wolsak & Wynn) was short-listed for the Canadian Authors’ Poetry Award. Her Doctoral Thesis Persephone’s Debt: An Alphabet Play engages experimental poetics, feminist theory, and questions of ecological and literary adaptation (and will be published in 2019 or 2020). At the University of Alberta, she will be developing essays on the Persephone myth as an ecological/eco-poetic parable, The Poetics of Childhood, and a Provisional Metaphysics of Rhyme. She will continue exploring innovative pedagogy and ecopoetics and is at work on a third volume of poetry, so far investigating themes of women’s cultural silences, the complex phenomenon of entitlement, and the life of Baroness Elsa Von Freytag-Loringhoven.


Simon Orpana

Email: saorpana@gmail.com

Simon Orpana is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Mark Simpson (English and Film Studies) on a project with Energy Future Systems that uses graphic narrative and other mediums to foster new kinds of knowledge and literacy concerning cultural, political and economic structures that condition our ability to reimagine our relationships to energy, the planet and each other. This work developed out of research into the apocalyptic narratives surrounding zombies and the biopolitical logics reinforced, and sometimes challenged, by popular culture. Dr. Orpana’s critical writing about film, television and popular culture has appeared in such journals such Topia, English Studies in Canada, and The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, and book collections such as Time, Globalization and Human Experience (Routledge 2016) and Zombie Theory, a Reader (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming). He is coauthor (with Rob Kristofferson) and illustrator of Showdown! Making Modern Unions, a graphic history of the 1946 Stelco Strike in Hamilton, Ontario (Between the Lines, 2016).