Eric Schmaltz (he/him) is a poet, scholar, editor, and educator based in Toronto/Tkaronto. He is the author of one book of poetry, Surfaces (Invisible Publishing, 2018), and co-editor (with Christopher Doody) of critical edition I Want to Tell You Love by bill bissett and Milton Acorn (University of Calgary Press, 2021).
He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of English at York University, where he specialized in Canadian Literature (with an emphasis on twentieth century avant-garde and experimental literatures). From 2018-2019, Eric was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania. His critical writings have been published or are forthcoming in academic journals, including Jacket2, English Studies in Canada, Canadian Poetry, Canadian Literature, Forum and edited collection, All the Feels / Tous les sens: Affect and Writing in Canada / Affect et écriture au Canada. His scholarly monograph, tentatively titled Delineating Canada: Borderblur Poetics, 1963-1988 is contracted for publication with the University of Calgary Press.
Eric’s academic work on Canadian avant-garde literatures extends to his multimodal creative practice, which is situated at the intersection of text and image, as demonstrated by his book Surfaces. He is also the author of several shorter works published in chapbooks, pamphlets, and periodicals. His visual texts have been featured as part of a number of solo and group exhibitions at arts institutions, including the The Institute for Experimental Art (Athens, Greece, 2019), the Symposium for the Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium (Kislak Center, University of Pennsylvania, 2018), Critical Media Lab (Kitchener, Ontario), Niagara Artists Centre (St. Catharines, Ontario, 2015), Havana Gallery (Vancouver, British Columbia, 2015), Rodman Hall (St. Catharines, Ontario, 2013), and more. He was Guest Editor for the inaugural issue of Knife Fork Book’s poetry magazine Not Your Best, which highlighted work by contemporary visual poets and text-artists (including Rachel Blau DuPlessis, derek beaulieu, Gary Barwin, Hiromi Suzuki, and others).