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Executive Board and Staff

CLC Executive Committee:

Sarah Krotz (CLC Director) - [email protected]

Marie Carrière (Past Director) - [email protected]

CJ Bogle - [email protected]

Marilyn Dumont - [email protected]

Danielle Fuller - [email protected]

Curtis Gillespie - [email protected]

Peter Midgley- [email protected]

Kristine Smitka - [email protected]

CLC Staff:

Sarah Krotz (Director)

BiopicSarah 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 Literature in the Department of English & Film Studies and is an avid community and research organizer. Her interests also include Indigenous and Québécois literatures, feminist theory, and currently, feminist ecologies. She has published oft cited articles and books including Médée protéiforme (UOP, 2012) and Writing in the Feminine in French and English Canada: A Question of Ethics (UTP 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, UAP 2020) and Regenerations: Canadian Women’s Writing/Régénérations: Écritures de femmes au Canada (with Patricia Demers, UAP 2013), among several others. With Curtis Gillespie and Jason Purcell, she curated the critical anthology, Ten Canadian Writers in Context (UAP 2016). Her SSHRC-funded research has led to a number of publications on migrant literatures in Canada and Québec, contemporary mythopoetic writing by women, the ethics of care, as well as feminist theory. Her latest work focuses on metafeminist practices in Canada; her current research explores ecofeminist interventions in sustainability and anthropocene theory.

Marilyn Dumont

Metis-Time-and-Space---Vancouver-Talking-Stick-FestivalPoet, writer, and professor Marilyn Dumont earned her BA from the University of Alberta and MFA from the University of British Columbia. She freelanced for twenty years before taking on a professorship with the Faculty of Native Studies and the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta in 2016. She is grateful to live and work in the territory of her ancestors: the Cree/Métis: Dufresne/Vaness and Dumont/ Boudreau/ Poitras kinship lines. Her first collection of poetry, A Really Good Brown Girl (1996), won the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award from the League of Canadian Poets. This collection is in its fifteenth printing and a classic of Brick Books. Other collections include green girl dreams Mountains (2001- winner of the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for that year); that tongued belonging (2007), winner of the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year and Aboriginal Poetry Book of the Year; and The Pemmican Eaters (2015), which won the 2016 Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Stephan G. Stephansson Award.

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).