Eric Schmaltz holds a Ph.D in English from York University and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on Canadian poetry with an emphasis on visual- and sound-based poetries. His academic writing has been featured in Canadian Poetry (forthcoming), Canadian Literature, Forum, and Science Fiction Film and Television. His dissertation entitled “The Language Revolution: Borderblur Poetics, 1963-1988” examines the roles of media and affect in concrete, sound, and haptic poetry by a selection of mid-to-late twentieth century Canadian poets involved with small press culture.
Extending from his academic research, Eric is also a poet and text-artist who works across a variety of genres and media, including print, sound, performance, and video with work featured in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His art and writing has been published in Jacket2, The Capilano Review, Poetry is Dead, Lemon Hound, and Open Letter. His first book of poetry and text-art, entitled Surfaces, available from Invisible Publishing.