Eric Schmaltz is a poet, scholar, instructor, and editor based in Toronto/Tkaronto. He is the author of one book of poetry, Surfaces (2018).
He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of English at York University where he specialized in Canadian Literature, with an emphasis on the poetics and politics of literary production and performance. From 2018-2019, he 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 venues, including English Studies in Canada, All the Feels / Tous les sens: Affect and Writing in Canada / Affect et écriture au Canada, Jacket2, Canadian Poetry, Canadian Literature, and Forum.
Eric’s academic work on literary production extends to his creative practice. He is the author of a poetry book, Surfaces (Invisible 2018), and a number of shorter creative works. He was the Guest Editor for the inaugural issue of Knife Fork Book’s literary magazine Not Your Best, which highlighted work by contemporary visual poets and text-artists. His creative writing has appeared in periodicals such as The Berkeley Poetry Review, Jacket2, Arc Poetry, Vallum, The Capilano Review, and Lemon Hound and has been featured at festivals and in exhibitions at the Institute for Experimental Art (Athens, Greece), Kislak Center (Philadelphia), VerseFest (Ottawa), Critical Media Lab (Kitchener) The Secret Handshake Gallery (Toronto), Havana Gallery (Vancouver), Niagara Artists Centre (St. Catharines), and Rodman Hall (St. Catharines).
His current and ongoing projects include a scholarly monograph, tentatively entitled Delineating Canada: Borderblur Poetics, 1963-1988; a scholarly edition (with Christopher Doody) of I Want to Tell You Love, an unpublished manuscript of poetry by bill bissett and Milton Acorn; and a new book of poetry entitled Bouquet.