Eric Schmaltz (he/him) is a poet, scholar, editor, and educator based in Toronto (Treaty No. 13). He received a Ph.D. in English from York University in 2018. His research spans the fields of twentieth and twenty-first-century Canadian literatures, avant-gardism, small press publishing, sound studies, and poetry and poetics. From 2018-2019, Eric was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania.
Eric is the author of the academic monograph Delineating Canada: Borderblur Poetics, 1963-1988 (forthcoming, University of Calgary Press), one book of poetry, Surfaces (Invisible Publishing), and he is co-editor (with Christopher Doody) of the critical edition I Want to Tell You Love by bill bissett and Milton Acorn (University of Calgary Press). His critical writings have also been published or are forthcoming in academic journals, including Jacket2, English Studies in Canada, Canadian Poetry, Canadian Literature, Forum and the edited collection, All the Feels / Tous les sens: Affect and Writing in Canada / Affect et écriture au Canada. In addition, he has presented at national and international conferences, including the Modern Language Association convention (Chicago), Northeast Modern Language Association conference (Philadelphia & Baltimore), Text/Sound/Performance conference (University College Dublin), Crisis and Beyond: The Literatures of Canada and Quebec conference (University of Innsbruck), and Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (various locations).
Eric teaches courses in Canadian literature, creative writing, composition, and literary magazine publishing at postsecondary institutions, including Brock University, York University (Glendon College), and Sheridan College.
Alongside his scholarship and pedagogical work, Eric maintains an aesthetically diverse creative writing practice – including works of poetry, prose, sculpture, and animated video – recently supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and Toronto Arts Council. He is the author of Surfaces (Invisible Publishing) and many shorter works published by small presses. He was Guest Editor for the inaugural issue of Knife Fork Book’s literary magazine Not Your Best, highlighting contemporary visual poets and text artists, including Rachel Blau DuPlessis, derek beaulieu, Gary Barwin, Hiromi Suzuki, and others. His texts have been featured in solo and group exhibitions at arts institutions, including 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 curated two shows of visual poetry and text-art for the Niagara Artists, How to Read (a solo show featuring derek beaulieu) and The Bird is the Word (and a group show including Kelly Mark, a.rawlings, bill bissett, Steve McCaffery, Judith Copithorne, and more).
Eric is committed to creating forums for arts and literature and has served in several community-focused roles, including co-editor (with Erin Knight) of The Angle for The Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, former member of the steering committee for Meet the Presses, curator and host of the Grey Borders Reading Series, co-host and co-curator for the Avant-Garden literary reading series, Board Member and Chair of the Programming Committee at the Niagara Artists Centre, and Editorial and Administrative Assistant for PRECIPICe literary journal.
Email: schmaltzeric [at] gmail [dot] com