Eric Schmaltz is a poet, scholar, and editor based in Toronto. 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 avant-garde and experimental literatures). From 2018-2019, Eric 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 academic journals, including Jacket2, Canadian Poetry, Canadian Literature, Forum and edited collection, All the Feels / Tous les sens: Affect and Writing in Canada / Affect et écriture au Canada.
Eric’s academic work on experimental poetries extends to his creative practice. He is the author of the poetry book, Surfaces (Invisible 2018), and a number of shorter creative works published by Gauss PDF, above/ground press, No Press, Spacecraft Press, and more. He was 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 (including Rachel Blau DuPlessis, derek beaulieu, Gary Barwin, Hiromi Suzuki, and more). His creative work 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).