University of Calgary

Creative Writing Faculty

Christian Bök 

Associate Professor
Social Sciences 1140
(403) 220-8166
cbok [at] ucalgary [dot] ca

Christian Bök is a Ph.D. graduate from York University in Toronto and a renowned Canadian experimental, sound and conceptual poet. His pataphysical encyclopedia Crystallography (Coach House Books, 1994) was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2002), a lipogram that uses only one vowel in each of its five chapters was awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2002. Dr. Bök is also the author of Pataphysics: The Poetics of an Imaginary Science (Northwestern University Press, 2001. He is an internationally recognized performer of his own and classical sound poetry.

Christian Bök is widely considered one of Canada's foremost experts on contemporary experimental poetics and literary theory.

Robert Majzels

Associate Professor
SS 1120
(403) 220-6431
rmajzels [at] ucalgary [dot] ca

Robert Majzels is a poet, novelist, playwright and translator born in Montréal, Québec. He holds an M.A. in English from Concordia University, where he taught creative writing for 13 years. He has lived in Québec most of his life, except for periods in New York, the Philippines and China. His novels include City of Forgetting (Mercury Press, 1997), Apikoros Sleuth (Mercury Press, Moveable, 2004, 2007), a murder mystery in the form of a Talmudic inquiry, for which he was awarded the Alcuin Society's first prize for design in a limited edition, and The Humbugs Diet (Mercury Press, 2007). His full-length play This Night the Kapo won the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition in 1994. He was awarded the Governor General's Award in 2000 for his translation of France Daigle's novel Just Fine (House of Anansi, 2000). With Erín Moure he has translated three books of poetry by Nicole Brossard.

Robert Majzels' work is an exploration of the limits of language and narrative forms and their ethical repercussions. He is widely versed in contemporary philosophy literary and translation theories.

Clem Martini

Professor Department of Drama, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts
Adjunct Professor English Department
(403) 220-5425
martini [at] ucalgary [dot] ca

A professor in the University of Calgary Drama Department, Clem Martini is also an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and writer of short fiction. His areas of specialization include playwriting, screenwriting, improvisation, acting, developmental drama and drama creation. He is a winner of the National Playwriting Competition and twice recipient of the Alberta Writer's Guild Playwriting Award. He's an Artistic Associate at Lunchbox Theatre, co founder of the International Institute for Research Of The One Act Play, and works with troubled youths in the capacity of drama consultant through the charitable organization, Woods Homes. His published works include "Illegal Entry", "A Three Martini Lunch" "Turnaround" and "The Unauthorized Oral History of Theatresports". He is currently the President of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

Suzette Mayr

Associate Professor
SS 1118
(403) 220-4659
smayr [at] ucalgary [dot] ca

Suzette Mayr holds an M.A. degree from the University of Alberta. She is a poet and novelist, the author of the acclaimed novels Moon Honey (Newest, 1995), a finalist for both the Georges Bugnet and Henry Kreisel First Novel Awards, The Widows (Newest, 1998), finalist for the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book in the Canadian-Caribbean Region, and most recently, Venous Hum (Arsenal Pulp, 2004). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and in collaborations with visual artists. Her fiction, with its original voice, clipped, deadpan satirical style, is on this country's cutting edge of contemporary explorations into issues of race, sex and identity.

Suzette Mayr is widely versed in contemporary 20th century Canadian literature and particularly in representations of race and ethnicity.

Aritha van Herk

Professor, FRSC
(403) 220-5481
vanherk [at] ucalgary [dot] ca

Aritha van Herk, a graduate of the University of Alberta, is both a recognized scholar with a University Professorship, and an internationally recognized Canadian author whose work has been translated into ten languages. Her novels include Judith (1978), winner of the Seal Book Award, No Fixed Address: An Amorous Journey (1986), which was nominated for the Governor General's Award, and Restlessness (1998). Her experiments in creative non-fiction and ficto-criticism are available in A Frozen Tongue (1992), In Visible Ink (1991), and Places from Ellesmere, Explorations on Site: A Geografictione (1990). Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta (2001) served as the inspiration for the Glenbow Museum's permanent exhibition of the same name, launched in 2007.

Aritha van Herk's work is particularly recognized for her innovations in creative non-fiction and, in her fiction, for the powerful depiction of the immigrant experience and the affirmative images of women resisting societal norms and familial expectations. She has been an active editor and strong supporter of her many students' work since the mid 1980s.

Rachel Zolf

Assistant Professor
(403) 220-4683
rzolf [at] ucalgary [dot] ca

Rachel Zolf is a poet, filmmaker, and essayist born in Toronto. She holds a MFA in Creative Writing from The New School in New York and is en route to a PhD in Communication/Media Philosophy from the European Graduate School. Her third book, Human Resources (Coach House, 2007) won the 2008 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Masque (Mercury, 2004) was a finalist for the 2005 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and longlisted for a ReLit award; and the title poem from Her absence, this wanderer (BuschekBooks, 1999) was a finalist in the 1997 CBC Literary Awards. Zolf worked in documentary film for many years and has collaborated with artists on numerous film/video and performance projects. She was the founding poetry editor of The Walrus magazine, and her work has been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, and video art form.

Rachel Zolf is widely versed in 20th and 21st century poetry and poetics, experimental prose and contemporary theory. Her poetic practice explores interrelated materialist questions concerning memory, history, knowledge, subjectivity and the conceptual limits of language and meaning. She is particularly interested in how ethics founders on the shoals of the political.