Editorial Staff

Editor (2015 – Present)

Laura Moss

 Editorial Staff_Laura Moss_HeadshotLaura Moss is an associate professor of Canadian and postcolonial literatures at the University of British Columbia. She has had a long history of involvement with Canadian Literature and its related projects. Since 2004, she has worked as an associate editor at the journal and, since 2012, she has played a pivotal role as one of the contributing editors for the online teaching resource CanLit Guides. She also served as acting editor in 2009 and 2013-2014, overseeing a number of special and regular issues while contributing editorials and book reviews along the way. Moss is the co-editor (with Cynthia Sugars) of the two-volume Canadian Literature in English: Texts and Contexts (2008, 2009), the editor of Is Canada Postcolonial?: Unsettling Canadian Literature (2003), a scholarly edition of The History of Emily Montague (2001), and Leaving the Shade of the Middle Ground: The Poetry of F. R. Scott (2011). She has also published articles on subjects such as literary pedagogy, magic realism, Canadian broadcasting, public arts policy in Canada, narrative medicine, and public memorials in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

In addition to her research and work with the journal, Moss has had an active presence in numerous university communities. She served as chair of the UBC Canadian Studies Program (2008-2011), director of the International Canadian Studies Centre (2008-2011), and leader of the UBC GRSJ-CWILA Research Network (2013-2014). She was also on the CWILA board of directors from 2012-2014. In 2013, she was awarded a Killam Teaching Prize.

Associate Editor, Book Reviews

Nicholas Bradley

Nicholas Bradley 2016Nicholas Bradley is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Victoria, where he teaches Canadian literature and American literature. He has particular interests in Canadian poetry and the multicultural literatures of the Pacific Northwest. He is the editor of We Go Far Back in Time: The Letters of Earle Birney and Al Purdy, 1947–1987 (2014) and the co-editor of Greening the Maple: Canadian Ecocriticism in Context (2013). He has also published numerous essays on aspects of Canadian literature.


Associate Editor, Book Reviews

Glenn Deer (on leave)

8408625101_262fa46cbb_kGlenn Deer teaches Asian Canadian and Asian American Writing, Canadian Literature, and Rhetorical Theory and Criticism in the English Department at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Postmodern Canadian Fiction and the Rhetoric of Authority (1994). Before becoming Associate Editor, he guest-edited Canadian Literature #163: Asian Canadian Writing.



Associate Editor, Poetry

Phinder Dulai

Phinder Dulai is the author of three poetry collections: dream / arteries (Talonbooks, 2014), Basmati Brown (Nightwood Editions, 2000), and Ragas from the Periphery (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1995). His work has also been published in Canadian Literature, Offerings, Cue Books Anthology, Ankur, Matrix, Memewar Magazine, Rungh, The Capilano Review, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Toronto South Asian Review, subTerrain and West Coast LINE.

A consulting editor and member of the Talonbooks’ Poetry Board, Phinder Dulai is also a co-founder of the interdisciplinary contemporary arts group South of Fraser Inter-Arts Collective (SOFIA/c), and a past adjudicator for the Canada Council for the Arts.

Recently, Phinder Dulai led the design and served as faculty lead for Centering Ourselves: Writing in a Racialized Canada. This residency was hosted at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada’s first dedicated literary incubator for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour authors.

Assistant Editor, Francophone Writing

Sarah Henzi

Sarah Henzi 2016

Dr. Sarah Henzi is currently a Visiting Scholar at McGill’s Institute for the Study of Canada, Adjunct Professor in the Department of First Nations Studies at Simon Fraser University, and Co-Organizer of and Lecturer for the International Graduate Summer School on Indigenous Literature and Film at Université de Montréal. She is also the New Scholar Rep on the Executive Committee of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA). Her current research focuses on genres that are redefining and expanding upon what we have considered thus far as “literature” in the field of Indigenous Literary Studies: comic books, graphic novels, science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, film script, and erotica; as well as new media and audio-visual and digital narratives that are providing exceptional entry points to the land and territories (whether spatial, discursive, or aesthetic) that many artists and writers may no longer have access to. Her work also seeks to promote the Francophone literary and artistic works of Indigenous peoples in Quebec. Taken together, her research seeks to offer new ways of thinking about such interventions, without them being constrained to or by fictitious frontiers—national, generic, linguistic, or institutional.

Her critical monograph Inventing Interventions: Strategies of Reappropriation in North American Indigenous Literatures – Contemporary Works beyond National and Linguistic Divides is under contract with University of Manitoba Press. She has publications in Quebec Studies, Canadian Review for Comparative Literature, Studies for Canadian Literature, London Journal of Canadian Studies, and Recherches amérindiennes du Québec (forthcoming) and is a contributor to the Oxford Handbook on Indigenous American Literatures (2014) and the Routledge Companion to Native American Literature (2015).

Associate Editor, CanLit Guides

Kathryn Grafton

Kathryn_GraftonKathryn Grafton is a tenure-track Instructor (English and CAP) who specializes in Canadian literature, media, genre and reception studies, as well as academic writing and research in and across the disciplines. She is the Associate Editor of CanLit Guides (published by the journal, Canadian Literature), an online learning resource that introduces university students to the field of Canadian literature. She is the former Co-Chair of UBC’s Coordinated Arts Program (2012-15), a multidisciplinary cohort program for first-year students, and currently teaches in CAP’s Media Studies stream. Her work in educational leadership includes a series of initiatives, with collaborator Laurie McNeill, to strengthen team-based, multidisciplinary teaching and learning in CAP, and a cross-discipline, community-based learning project with colleagues Christine D’Onofrio and Kim Snowden. Kathryn is also part of a team that is developing and piloting a digital walking tour of Aboriginal history and presence at UBC Vancouver, entitled Knowing the Land Beneath Our Feet (team members include Daniel Heath Justice, David Gaertner, Spencer Lindsay, Sarah Ling, Evan Mauro, and Amy Perreault). She has presented conference papers on educational initiatives at Inkshed, Digital Diversity, and STLHE, and her research on readers, genres, and the Internet has been published in Linguistics and the Human Sciences and Genres in the Internet.

Assistant Editor, CanLit Guides

Ceilidh Hart

Ceilidh Hart 2016Ceilidh Hart is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley. She specializes in Canadian literature, with a particular focus on nineteenth-century print culture and women’s writing. She has presented her research at MLA, ACQL, ACCUTE, among others, and her work has been published in Studies in Canadian Literature and Home-Ground, Foreign Territory: Essays on Early Canadian Writing.

As a teacher, Ceilidh is interested in connecting the classroom with the community, and in 2015 she helped organize the Literatures of the Fraser Valley Conference, which brought students and scholars together with artists and writers for a day of learning. She is involved in initiatives to indigenize the curriculum and sits on a number of curriculum-development and teaching committees. Ceilidh is a SSHRC award winner and a past recipient of the Marie Tremaine Fellowship with the Bibliographical Society of Canada.

Assistant Editor, CanLit Guides

Shannon Smyrl

Shannon Smyrl 2016Shannon Smyrl teaches in the Department of Journalism, Communication, and New Media at Thompson Rivers University. She works in the areas of technology and communication as well as media power, with an emphasis on a Canadian culture industry. She has also completed several projects in online curriculum design and is interested in the relationships between scholarship and teaching and learning.


Managing Editor

Donna Chin

Donna ChinCanadian Literature was a small academic journal until Donna Chin came along in 1996. As Managing Editor, she took on transforming Canadian Literature from a print journal operation into a diverse bustling operation, with a lively web presence on the internet. She undertook different opportunities and projects to increase the administrative and production side of the journal as well as increasing brand name recognition of Canadian Literature among publishers. Her creativity in developing diverse projects has been rewarded with the Heritage Canada Magazine Fund and the Teaching Learning Enhancement Fund. She is a strong supporter of UBC students and created the CanLit Student Award to support UBC Arts Co-op Students interning at Canadian Literature. The editorial internship is a step towards creating a new generation of young editors with expertise in the field of Canadian literature and publishing. She started an eAuction in 2005 to raise funds for this award and continued fundraising during the 50th Anniversary Gala. She has mentored many work study and co-op students, giving these students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and experience while learning about the world of Canadian literature, publishing, research, and writing.

Past Editors

  • George Woodcock 1959 – 1977 (73 issues)
  • William H. New 1977 – 1995 (72 issues)
  • Eva-Marie Kröller 1995 – 2003 (34 issues)
  • Susan Fisher (Acting Editor) 2003 – 2004 (5 issues)
  • Laurie Ricou 2004 – 2007 (12 issues)
  • Glenn Deer (Acting Editor) 2008 (2 issues)
  • Laura Moss (Acting Editor) 2009  & 2013-2014 (6 issues)
  • Margery Fee 2007 – 2015 (36 issues)

Co-op/Work Study Students

Canadian Literature employs students to help with the journal’s production. In the process, they become familiar with editorial and publishing practices like copy-editing and proofreading. As part of our Teaching and Learning and Enhancement project, the journal also employed graduate students to perform research and write modules for CanLit Guides.