Eric Schmaltz is a writer, editor, curator, and post-secondary educator based in Toronto.
After receiving his Ph.D. in 2018 from the Department of English at York University where he specialized in Canadian Literature, Eric went on to complete a program of research as a 2018-2019 SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania. While studying at UPenn, he continued to develop his research with an emphasis on his additional fields of interest, including transnational poetics, creative writing, and sound studies. His writings on some of these topics have been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Canadian Poetry, Canadian Literature, Forum, and Science Fiction Film & Television. A chapter is forthcoming in Canadian, Indigenous, and Québécois Literary Affects (University of Alberta Press) and numerous other critical works are under review.
He is the author of one book of poetry, Surfaces (Invisible 2018), and a number of shorter creative works published by small presses, including above/ground, No Press, Spacecraft Press, Penteract, and Gauss PDF. He is the guest editor for the inaugural issue of KnifeForkBook’s Not Your Best, a special issue focused on contemporary visual poetry and text-art that features an international array of practitioners. His creative writing has additionally appeared in periodicals such as The Berkeley Poetry Review, Jacket2, Arc Poetry, Vallum, The Capilano Review, and Lemon Hound among other places. Occasionally his work has been lifted off the screen and page to appear at festivals and in exhibitions at the Kislak Center (Philadelphia), Common Ground Art Gallery (Windsor), VerseFest (Ottawa), Sugar City Arts Collective (Buffalo), Critical Media Lab (Kitchener) The Secret Handshake Gallery (Toronto), Havana Gallery (Vancouver), Niagara Artists Centre (St. Catharines), and Rodman Hall (St. Catharines).
Current and ongoing projects include a scholarly monograph, tentatively entitled Delineating Canada: Borderblur Poetics, 1963-1988; an edition (with Christopher Doody) of I Want to Tell You Love, an unpublished manuscript of poetry by bill bissett and Milton Acorn; and a new book of poetry entitled Bouquet.