Eric Schmaltz is currently a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded Postdoctoral Fellow in English at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Program in English at York University where he specialized in Canadian Literature with an emphasis on innovative poetry and poetics in the mid-to-late twentieth century. His additional fields of research include international innovative poetry and poetics, media studies, and sound studies. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Canadian Literature and Forum with an article forthcoming in Canadian Poetry. With Christopher Doody, he is co-editing I Want to Tell You Love, an unpublished manuscript of poetry by bill bissett and Milton Acorn.
Eric’s book of poetry, Surfaces, extends from his academic research and intervenes into the history of machine-based poetics to examine affect and subjectivity in the twenty-first century context of digital writing. Eric is also currently editing Knife Fork Book’s inaugural issue of Not Your Best, which will focus on contemporary visual poetry and text-art. His writing has appeared in periodicals such as The Berkeley Poetry Review, Jacket2, The Capilano Review, and Lemon Hound among other places. Occasionally his work has been lifted off the screen and page to appear at the Kislak Center (Philadelphia), 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).