Editor (2015 – Present)
Laura Moss is a 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 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 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, Book Reviews
Kevin McNeilly teaches at the University of British Columbia. He has published critical work on television drama, and have been developing a critical project on intermediality and the poetics of listening, and maintains two blogs on poetry, music and improvisation: frankstyles.blogspot.ca and flowfissuremesh.com.
Associate Editor, Poetry
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
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).
Canadian 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.
- 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.