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. (2018) from the Department of English at York University where he specialized in Canadian Literature, with an emphasis on multimodal literatures (especially visual, sonic, and kinetic poetries). After completing his Ph.D., Eric began a program of research at the University of Pennsylvania (2018-2019) as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the English Department. While at Penn, he deepened his research while exploring additional fields of interest, including transnational poetics, creative writing, and sound studies. His critical writings on some of these topics 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, Forum, and Science Fiction Film & Television. Several other essays are currently under consideration for edited collections.
Eric’s academic work on multimodal poetics extends to his creative practice. He is the author of poetry book, 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 was the Guest Editor for the inaugural issue of Knife Fork Book’s literary magazine Not Your Best. Eric curated 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 featured at festivals and in exhibitions at the 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Canada: Borderblur Poetics, 1963-1988; a scholarly edition (with Christopher Doody) of I Want to Tell You Love, an unpublished manuscript of poetry by bill bissett and Milton Acorn; and a new book of poetry entitled Bouquet.