Since its inception, ACCUTE has operated out of Departments of English in many different Canadian universities. To promote effective regional representation, ACCUTE moves its executive office every two years, coinciding with each president’s term of office.
Members of the Board
Douglas Ivison (Lakehead University)
I’m an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on the traditional lands of Fort William First Nation, Signatory to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850. At Lakehead, I teach Canadian literature, science fiction, popular fiction, and climate-crisis narratives, and served more than four years as Graduate Coordinator of the English MA program and eight years as Chair of the Department of English. I’m also a member of the graduate programs in Gender and Women’s Studies and Social Justice Studies. I’ve been Chair of multiple Senate committees at Lakehead and am currently Lakehead’s faculty representative on the Council of Ontario Universities (serving for two years as co-Chair of the Academic Colleagues), and a member of the executive of the Lakehead University Faculty Association. I’ve published peer-reviewed articles in a number of books and journals, including Studies in Canadian Literature, Canadian Literature, and English Studies in Canada, and edited Canadian Fantasy and Science-Fiction Writers (Gale, 2002) and, with Justin Edwards, co-edited Downtown Canada: Writing Canadian Cities (Toronto, 2005), which began as a member-organized ACCUTE panel at Laval in 2001. My first ACCUTE conference was at Memorial in 1997, and I served as the Graduate Student Representative on the ACCUTE Executive in 1998-1999. I’ve also served on the executive of the Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures (2000-2003) and the Canadian Association of Chairs of English (2021-22), and am a member of the Advisory Board of Studies in Canadian Literature.
Vice President: 2022-2024
Cheryl Lousley (Lakehead University)
I am an Associate Professor cross-appointed to the departments of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at Lakehead University, Orillia campus, where I focus on contemporary Canadian and global environmental justice writing and cultural studies. I am also active in the graduate program in Social Justice Studies. My essays have appeared in Studies in Canadian Literature, Canadian Literature, Canadian Poetry, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literary Theory, Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism, and Greening the Maple: Canadian Ecocriticism in Context, among other places. I have been a Research Chair in Environmental Humanities at Lakehead University (2019-2021); a Fulbright Canada Research Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2018); a Visiting Environmental Humanities Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (2018); and a Carson Research Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich (2010). I am a past president of the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada and the founding series editor for the Environmental Humanities book series published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
Jason Camlot (Concordia University)
Hello! I’m Professor of English and Research Chair in Literature and Sound Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. I’ve had lots of administrative experience over the years, as Graduate Program Director (3 years), Department Chair (4 years), Associate Dean (6 years), and currently as Principal Investigator of the SSHRC SpokenWeb research partnership (going on 6 years!). This SSHRC-funded SpokenWeb partnership focuses on the history of literary sound recordings and the digital preservation and presentation of archival collections of literary audio. I have also served on numerous university and external executive committees and boards, including the Executive of the North American Victorian Studies Association, and the Quebec Writers Federation (as treasurer). So, I’ve done lots of administrative service. I love working with colleagues and I am excited to join the ACCUTE board this year as President Elect and to serve as President after that. My research expertise is in 19th-century British literature, media history, sound studies, the history of criticism, North American poetry and poetics, digital humanities, and creative writing (poetry).
My research shows a consistent concern with questions of literary genre, media, the history of authorship and publishing, and the history and cultural politics of rhetoric. Some of my recent critical works include Phonopoetics: The Making of Early Literary Recordings (Stanford 2019). and the co-edited collections, Unpacking the Personal Library: The Public and Private Life of Books (with Jeffrey Weingarten, WLUP, 2022), Collection Thinking: Within and Without Libraries, Archives and Museums (with Martha Langford and Linda Morra, Routledge, 2022), and CanLit Across Media: Unarchiving the Literary Event (with Katherine McLeod, McGill Queen’s UP, 2019), and most recently a special triple-issue of English Studies in Canada on “New Sonic Approaches in Literary Studies” (also with Dr. McLeod, 2023) which explores the intersection of methods from literary studies and the interdisciplinary field of sounds studies, in an international frame. I am also the author of five collections of poetry, most recently, Vlarf (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2021).
Contract Academic Faculty Caucus Representative: 2022-2024
Carellin Brooks (University of British Columbia)
I am a Lecturer in Communications in the Department of Wood Science, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia. I have taught quazillions (to use a technical term) of first year academic writing courses at various institutions in Vancouver as adjunct professor, contract faculty, and sessional instructor. I have also taught communications, literature, and women’s studies courses. My publications include an academic monograph, Every Inch a Woman (UBC Press), a cultural history entitled Wreck Beach (New Star), a work of creative nonfiction, Fresh Hell (Demeter Press), and a novel, One Hundred Days of Rain (Book*hug), translated into French by Les Allusifs. One Hundred Days won the ReLit Award in Canada and the Edmund White Award for Debut LGBTQ Fiction from Pink Triangle Press in the U.S. I also edited Carnal Nation (with Brett Josef Grubisic) and Bad Jobs. My first book of poetry is entitled Learned (November 2022, Book*hug). I have a PhD from Oxford (2010) and an irascible cat named Spirals.
President, Graduate Student Caucus: 2023-2024
Marc Lynch (University of Calgary)
I am first and foremost a writer and divvy my time in and around an assortment of genres. My debut novel, Arborescent, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2020. Currently, I am a PhD candidate at the University of Calgary and the president of filling Station magazine. I live in Moh’kins’tsis, otherwise known as Calgary, in Treaty 7 Territory, Alberta.
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Coordinator, Creative Writing Collective 2023-2025
Adam Dickinson (Brock University)
I am professor of English and Creative Writing at Brock University. I am the author of four books of poetry, including Anatomic (Coach House Books). My work has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and twice for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. I have been featured at international literary festivals such as Poetry International in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and the Oslo International Poetry Festival in Norway. Along with Claudia Rankine (USA) and Valzhyna Mort (Belarus), I was a member of the jury for the 2022 Griffin Poetry Prize. This year, I am an affiliated artist with the University of Copenhagen’s Medical Museion working at intersections between metabolism and art.
Member-at-large, BIPOC Caucus: 2023-2025
Chinelo Ezenwa (Western University)
I am a research, education, and communications professional, committed to creating teaching, research, and engagement opportunities for different communities of people. My PhD research titled Bible Translations and Literary Responses examines the complex impact of 19th century missionary translations and work on Africans. In addition to Postcolonial Studies, Language Teaching, and Community Building, I also love Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice as well as contemporary adaptations of Austen. I have taught Writing and Professional Communications at Fanshawe, Lambton, and King’s University College. Besides teaching, I previously worked as a Community Connector with the City of London and am happy to be starting a similar role as the Graduate Academic Advisor & EDI Specialist in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at Western University.
Member-at-large, Colleges: 2022-2024
Mark Kaethler (Medicine Hat College)
I am the Academic Chair of Arts at Medicine Hat College and Book Review Editor for Early Theatre. I serve as Assistant Director of both the Map of Early Modern London and Linked Early Modern Drama Online at the University of Victoria, and my edition of Thomas Dekker’s London’s Tempe has been published on these platforms. I am the author of Thomas Middleton and the Plural Politics of Jacobean Drama (De Gruyter, 2021) and a co-editor of Shakespeare’s Language in Digital Media: Old Words, New Tools (Routledge, 2018) with Janelle Jenstad and Jennifer Roberts-Smith. My work has appeared in The London Journal, Early Theatre, Literature Compass, and The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Interface. Forthcoming work includes a co-edited volume of essays on the embodied imagination in early modern literature with Palgrave Macmillan and a collaborative article for Shakespeare.
Member-at-large, CPC Committee: 2023-2025
Neta Gordon (Brock University)
Hello! I’m Neta, and this is my third time serving on the ACCUTE Board-of-Directors. (I have also been an ex-officio member as President of CACE, and I served alongside Gregory Betts as his Vice President). I teach in the Department of English Language and Literature at Brock University, and my publications include Catching the Torch: Contemporary Canadian Literary Literary Responses to World War I (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2014) and Bearers of Risk: Writing Masculinity in Contemporary English-Canadian Short Story Cycles (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2022). I am also a co-editor of The Broadview Introduction to Literature and creator of the AMMBibliography: A Searchable Collection of Works on Ann-Marie MacDonald, available at ammbibliography.com.
Member-at-large, Priestley Prize Chair: 2023-2025
Lorraine York (McMaster University)
I am a Distinguished University Professor in English & Cultural Studies at McMaster University, with specializations in Canadian Literature and celebrity culture. My book Literary Celebrity in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2007) contributed the first study of celebrity’s impact on Canadian literature. My book Reluctant Celebrity: Affect and Privilege in Contemporary Stardom (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), theorizes reluctance as a product of privilege: the power “to publicly avow…one’s treasonous disinclination to ‘lean in’” under neoliberalism. I have just finished writing a book about reluctance’s opposite—eagerness: Unseemly: Affect, Gender, New Media, and the Denunciation of Fame Hunger. I freely admit that I just wanted to write a book called “Unseemly.”
Editor, English Studies in Canada (Ex-officio)
Allan Pero (Western University)
I’m a specialist in modernist literature, drama, psychoanalysis, and contemporary theory. Although I have a continuing interest in the work of figures like Wyndham Lewis, Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Ford Madox Ford, Leonora Carrington, and Ronald Firbank (the Samuel Beckett of Camp), I am co-editor and contributor (with Gyllie Phillips) to a collection called The Many Façades of Edith Sitwell (2017), and am working on a book-length project on Camp and Modernism. In addition to trying to paint and write poetry, I also write programme notes and give talks at the Stratford Festival. I am honoured to be taking on the role of editor of ESC.
President, Canadian Association of Chairs of English (Ex-officio): 2023-2024
Anna Guttman (Lakehead University)
I’m a Professor in the Department of English at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and also chair the department. I am the past president of the Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies, the largest and oldest international association of postcolonial studies and current president of the Canadian Association of Chairs of English. Previously, I served on the executive of the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies, now the Canadian Association for Postcolonial Studies. I’m also a member of the graduate programs in Gender and Women’s Studies and in Social Justice Studies. I teach postcolonial literature, women’s writing, travel writing and globalization studies. My primary area of research is in South Asian literature and culture. I am the author of Writing Indians and Jews: Metaphorics of Jewishness in South Asian Literature (Palgrave, 2013) and The Nation of India in Contemporary Indian Literature (Palgrave, 2007) and co-editor of The Global Literary Field (Cambridge Scholars, 2006). My recent essays have appeared in Interventions, South Asian Popular Culture, Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies, and in the edited volume Transgender India: Understanding Third Gender Identities and Experiences (Springer, 2022).
ACCUTE Co-ordinator (non-voting Executive member)
I am a writer living in St. Catharines. My most recent publication, Chaser (House of Anansi Press), is a book of poetry that uses the social history of tuberculosis to examine the individual and communal effects of disease. I have taught English, Communications, and Creative Writing at Niagara College, and worked as an editor for academic, commercial and trade publications.