Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
I received my PhD in English from the University of British Columbia in 2000, my MA in English from Concordia University in 1993, and my BA/BFA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Victoria in 1991.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was a tenure-track hire at Memorial University of Newfoundland (2001-2004).
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My academic research focuses on utopianism, music-making and 20th/21st-century American literature. My creative work examines Canadian immigration, Central European politics, historical memory and art-making in the context of the short story.
Awards and Achievements
Winner 2012 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.
Shortlisted for the 2012 Governor General's Literary Award: Fiction.
Chosen as the best Book of 2012 by Now.
Shortlisted for the 2013 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of 20th-century American literature, post-structural theory, music and literature, and utopianism.
"Dybek's Diaspora." Mobile Narratives: Travel, Migration, and Transculturation. Eleftheria Arapoglou, Mónika Fodor, & Jopi Nyman eds. New York: Routledge, 2014. 226-39.
"The Writing of Trespass." Canadian Literature 218 (2013): 11-28.
"Raymond Carver in the Viewfinder." Canadian Review of American Studies 41.3 (2011): 279-98.
"Improvising Chicago." Critical Studies in Improvisation/ Études critiques en improvisation 5.1 (2009): 1-11. Web. 20 Jan. 2010.
"The Morrison Songbook: Proliferation in Jazz." Mosaic 42.1 (2009): 199-215.
"Burning Montana: Richard Ford's Wildlife and Regional Crisis." All Our Stories Are Here: Critical Perspectives on Montana Literature. Lincoln: U Nebraska P, 2009. 3-20.
"McCarthy's Mailmen: The Cold War, Raymond Carver, and 'What Do You Do in San Francisco?'" New Paths to Raymond Carver: Critical Essays on His Life, Fiction, and Poetry. Eds. Sandra Lee Kleppe and Robert Miltner. Columbia: U South Carolina P, 2008. 115-31.
"A Devout Life: Reading Graham Greene through St. Frances de Sales." Lonely Without God: Graham Greene's Quixotic Journey of Faith. Ed. William Thomas Hill. Dublin: Academica, 2007. 223-48.
"Gathering up God's Remains: The Practice of Michel de Certeau—An Introduction to What Can Only Ever Be an Introduction." The Strategic Smorgasbord of Post-Modernity: Literature and the Christian Critic. Ed. Deborah C. Bowen. Newcastle, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars, 2007. 173-91.
"How Not to Be a 'Dickhead': Partisan Politics in Richard Ford's Independence Day." Critical Survey 18.1 (2006): 40-59.
“The Holocaust as Fiction: Derrida’s Demeure and the Demjanjuk Trial in Philip Roth’s Operation Shylock.” Philip Roth Studies 1.1 (2005): 37-52.
“Playing at the Nth Note: John Coltrane and Proliferation.” Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 37.1/1 (2004): 109-27.
“Africa and Catholic Crisis: Graham Greene’s The Heart of the Matter and A Burnt-Out Case.” Perceptions of Religious Faith in the Work of Graham Greene. Ed. Wm. Thomas Hill. New York: Peter Lang, 2002: 427-58.
“In the Country of Contradiction the Hypocrite is King: Defining Dirty Realism in Charles Bukowski’s Factotum.” Modern Fiction Studies 47.1 (Spring 2001): 43-68.
“Lhasa Unlimited: The Metaphysics of Death in Steven Heighton’s The Admen Move on Lhasa and ‘Translations of April.’” Essays on Canadian Writing 73 (Spring 2001): 184-207.
"'Designed Anarchy' in Mavis Gallant's The Moslem Wife and Other Stories." Canadian Literature 158 (Autumn 1998): 65-88.