Announcement of the appointment of dean, Schulich School of Business

Detlev Zwick

The following is a message to the community from York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton.

Dear colleagues,

I am delighted to inform colleagues in the Schulich School of Business (SSB) and across the York University community that the search for the next dean of the Schulich School of Business has reached a successful conclusion. The search committee, chaired by Provost Lisa Philipps and comprised of members of SSB (full-time and contract faculty, staff, students and alumni) and myself, undertook an extensive national and international search, which attracted outstanding candidates for this key position in our University. On October 12, 2021, the Board of Governors concurred with my recommendation that Dr. Detlev Zwick be appointed to the position of dean, effective July 1, 2021, for a five-year term.

Detlev Zwick
Detlev Zwick

As members of the York community know, Professor Zwick has served with great distinction as interim dean of the Schulich School of Business since July 1, 2020. Prior to that appointment, he had served as the school’s associate dean academic with broad responsibilities for teaching and learning innovation and recognition, program development, academic policy, student services and international relations; and earlier as director of the school’s BBA/iBBA program. He had also represented the school on Senate and the Senate Executive Committee, as well as serving on the Joint Committee on Affirmative Action. He has been a member of the full-time faculty in Schulich’s Marketing program since 2002 and is also a member of the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture.

Professor Zwick holds a PhD in marketing from the University of Rhode Island, and master’s degrees from the University of Memphis and the University of Cologne/DSHS. His research encompasses areas of marketing and responsible business, including consumer behaviour, database marketing, consumer surveillance, and marketing and sustainability. His work has been published widely in marketing, communication, media culture and sociology venues, and his expertise is frequently called upon by the media. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on digital marketing, leadership skills, and the philosophy of knowledge in the social sciences.

As interim dean, Professor Zwick has been leading the school’s development at the forefront of technological innovation in management education. He has been working with colleagues within and beyond the school to advance its global brand and its reputation for excellence in research, teaching and delivery of an exceptional student experience. These initiatives have included the launch of a new Research Excellence Fellowship program and further development of experiential learning. He has engaged faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as external stakeholders, in articulating directions and priorities for the school going forward. His commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is evident in initiatives to address systemic barriers for students, including collaboration with other leading Ontario business schools to provide enhanced mentorship and support; diversification of the curriculum; and the formation of the school’s DEI Working Group to consultatively develop recommendations to address Black and Indigenous racism.

I look forward to continuing to work closely in the coming years with Professor Zwick and his colleagues in the Schulich School of Business at this important time in the school’s evolution, as it builds on its significant successes and outstanding reputation to lead in innovation and transformation in business education in Canada and internationally.

Finally, I want to thank the members of the search committee for their contributions to this crucial process.

Sincerely,

Rhonda L. Lenton
President and Vice-Chancellor


Ébauche confidentielle : Annonce du doyen de l’École Schulich des hautes études commerciales

Chers collègues, chères collègues,

Je suis ravie d’informer mes collègues de l’École Schulich des hautes études commerciales (SSB) et de la communauté de l’Université York que la recherche du prochain doyen de la SSB a été fructueuse. Le comité de recherche, présidé par la rectrice Lisa Philipps et composé de membres de la SSB (membres du corps professoral permanents et chargés de cours, du personnel, de la communauté étudiante et diplômées et diplômés) et de moi-même, a entrepris une vaste recherche nationale et internationale, qui a permis d’attirer des candidats exceptionnels pour ce poste clé de notre université. Le 12 octobre 2021, le Conseil d’administration a approuvé ma recommandation de nommer monsieur Detlev Zwick au poste de doyen pour un mandat de cinq ans, à compter du 1er juillet 2021.

Comme les membres de la communauté de York le savent, le professeur Zwick a servi avec grande distinction en tant que doyen intérimaire de l’École Schulich des hautes études commerciales depuis le 1er juillet 2020. Avant cette nomination, il a occupé le poste de doyen associé de l’École, comprenant de vastes responsabilités en matière d’innovation et de reconnaissance de l’enseignement et de l’apprentissage, de développement de programmes, de politique universitaire, de services aux étudiants et de relations internationales. Il a également été directeur du programme B.A.A./i.B.A.A. de l’École. Par ailleurs, il a représenté l’École au Sénat et au Comité de direction du Sénat et a siégé au comité conjoint sur l’action positive. Il est professeur à plein temps au programme de marketing de Schulich depuis 2002 et est membre du programme d’études supérieures en communication et culture.

Le professeur Zwick est titulaire d’un doctorat en marketing de l’Université de Rhode Island et de maîtrises de l’Université de Memphis et de l’Université de Cologne/DSHS. Ses recherches englobent les domaines du marketing et de l’entreprise responsable, notamment le comportement des consommateurs, le marketing des bases de données, la surveillance des consommateurs, ainsi que le marketing et la durabilité. Ses travaux ont fait l’objet de nombreuses publications dans les domaines du marketing, de la communication, de la culture médiatique et de la sociologie. Son expertise est fréquemment sollicitée par les médias. Il a donné des cours de premier et de deuxième cycle sur le marketing numérique, les compétences de leadership et la philosophie de la connaissance dans les sciences sociales.

En tant que doyen par intérim, le professeur Zwick a dirigé le développement de l’École à l’avant-garde de l’innovation technologique dans l’enseignement de la gestion. Il a travaillé avec des collègues au sein de l’École et à l’extérieur de celle-ci pour faire progresser sa marque, sa réputation d’excellence en recherche et en enseignement et pour continuer à offrir une expérience exceptionnelle aux étudiants. Ces initiatives comprennent le lancement d’un nouveau programme de bourses d’excellence de recherche et le développement de l’apprentissage par l’expérience. Il a fait participer le corps enseignant, le personnel, la communauté étudiante et les diplômés, ainsi que les intervenants externes, à la définition des orientations et des priorités de l’École pour l’avenir. Son engagement envers l’équité, la diversité et l’inclusion (EDI) est évident dans les initiatives visant à éliminer les obstacles systémiques pour les étudiants. Il a pu accomplir cela notamment en collaborant avec d’autres grandes écoles de commerce de l’Ontario pour offrir un mentorat et un soutien améliorés, en diversifiant le programme d’études et en mettant sur pied le groupe de travail EDI de l’École. Ce groupe de consultation a élaboré des recommandations visant à lutter contre le racisme envers les Noirs et les Autochtones.

Je me réjouis de continuer à travailler en étroite collaboration avec le professeur Zwick et ses collègues de l’École Schulich des hautes études commerciales à ce moment important de l’évolution de l’École, alors qu’elle met à profit ses importants succès et sa réputation exceptionnelle pour être à la fine pointe de l’innovation et de la transformation de l’enseignement des affaires au Canada et dans le monde.

Enfin, je tiens à remercier les membres du comité de recherche pour leur contribution à ce processus crucial.   

Sincères salutations, 

Rhonda Lenton
Présidente et vice-chancelière

Call for nominations for the President’s Research Awards

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The Senate Committee on Awards invites current or emeritus tenure-stream faculty members to nominate colleagues for the President’s Research Excellence Awards.

As introduced in 2018-19, there are two disciplinary clusters for the President’s Emerging Research Leadership Award and the President’s Research Excellence Award: 1) Engineering, Science, Technology, Health and Biomedicine, and 2) Social Sciences, Art & Design, Humanities, Business, Law and Education.

The President’s Emerging Research Leadership Award (PERLA) recognizes full-time faculty members within 10 years of their first academic appointment, who have had a notable impact on their field(s) and made a significant contribution to advancing the University’s international reputation for research excellence while significantly and positively contributing to one or more aspects of the York community’s intellectual life. The PERLA will be conferred to two researchers, one from each disciplinary cluster.

The President’s Research Impact Award recognizes full-time, active faculty members whose body of research or scholarship has translated into a notable impact on communities, individuals, public policies or practice, or translated successfully into impactful commercial or other applications, while significantly and positively contributing to the University’s research culture and reputation.

The President’s Research Excellence Award (PREA) recognizes senior full-time faculty at the rank of professor, with distinguished scholarly achievements who have had a notable impact on their field(s) and made a significant contribution to advancing the University’s international reputation for research excellence while significantly and positively contributing to one or more aspects of the York community’s intellectual life. The PREA will be conferred in alternating years between the two disciplinary clusters. This year, the PREA is open to researchers in Cluster 1, Engineering, Science, Technology, Health and Biomedicine.

The criteria and nominations forms can be found on the Senate Committee on Awards webpage. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, Nov. 26, by 4:30 p.m.

Senate executive releases winter term program delivery plans

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At a special meeting on Oct. 5, the executive committee of the Senate of York University considered the 2022 Winter term program delivery plans.

The plans were set out in the May 2021 document “Principles to Guide Course Planning for 2021-2022.” The executive committee’s communication on this matter is available at https://www.yorku.ca/secretariat/wp-content/uploads/sites/107/2021/10/October-7-2021-Communication-Winter-2022-Term.pdf.

Free tuition gives kinesiology student fresh start

Ravenne Rivera

By Ashley Goodfellow Craig, YFile deputy editor

For York University student Ravenne Rivera, starting her first year for the second time has had its advantages.

The undergraduate student, enrolled in the Faculty of Health’s Kinesiology and Health Science program, had embarked on her post-secondary journey in the fall of 2020, but her studies were deferred when she encountered challenges with OSAP funding for the winter term. She worked with the University to sort it out, and her enrolment was deferred to fall of 2021.

Ravenne Rivera
Ravenne Rivera

For Rivera, this meant pursing her first year of studies a second time – but it also allowed her to re-enter York’s First Year for Free Contest, which offers students a chance to win free tuition.

“It was just pure shock,” she said about learning she had won. “It was amazing and it was something I didn’t ever expect.”

The win, she said, gives her financial security and will allow her to focus on her post-secondary studies and her dream of one day working in the medical field. It also boosts her motivation to succeed.

“It definitely motivates me a little bit more. I was already motivated for first year … but knowing that the tuition is free, it is a bit of a relief,” she said, adding that she can put all of her focus on doing well in school. “It means a lot to me, it means a lot to my future.”

Studying at university has been a dream of Rivera’s since she was a young girl. It was a path, she said, she always knew she wanted. Intent on studying kinesiology and with dreams of eventually becoming a surgeon, she said York University was her top choice for post-secondary studies.

“I knew York has a really good kinesiology program – I’ve been reading about it since Grade 9, and it’s always ranked as one of the top programs – so my mind was already set [on York] from the beginning,” she said.

As for her experience at York so far, she said it’s been very positive.

“It’s a gateway to new opportunities and new lessons learned,” she said.

Spray days pest control treatments scheduled for Oct. 15 to 17

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Pest control spray days at the Keele and Glendon campuses will begin Friday, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. and end Sunday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m.

Work is undertaken using accepted practices and approved materials. Professional PCO Services holds an Eco Green Ergonomic Extermination certificate from the Ministry of the Environment. A work permit/notification has been submitted and approved by York University’s Health, Safety & Employee Well-Being office.

For further information, contact Tim Haagsma, manager of grounds, fleet and waste management, Facilities Services, at ext. 20303 or thaagsma@fbo.yorku.ca; or Tom Watt, director of Food Services, Ancillary Services, at ext. 55517 or watttm@yorku.ca.

Seminar offers instructional strategies to support science students’ mental health

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An increasing number of post-secondary students are experiencing emotions such as anxiety in response to academic and non-academic stressors. On Oct. 19, a special seminar presented by the Faculty of Science will discuss anxiety and other emotions in learning.

The role of psychological stress in learning and cognition is an active area of investigation in neuroscience, psychology, medicine and education. Stress influences attention, decision speed, memory formation and recall. It is well established that worrying thoughts and feelings that present as test anxiety serve to reduce students’ cognitive capacity that is required to show what they know on tests.

Jaclyn Stewart
Jaclyn Stewart

Jaclyn Stewart, associate professor of teaching in the Department of Chemistry and the deputy academic director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC), will present a special talk on the topic of stress and students. Her talk will be delivered online on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend this presentation, which will be held via Zoom at https://yorku.zoom.us/j/95336719957.

Stewart’s research with organic chemistry learners indicates student anxiety correlates strongly with increased feelings of shame and hopelessness, and weakly with decreased grades, strategic learning behaviours, perceptions of homework value and persistence. Encouragingly, supportive teaching practices can promote students’ emotional health and quality of life. Her talk will discuss strategies to foster social connection, learning motivation, and perceptions of learning in large and small science classes. Designing courses with emotions in mind allows for students to remain hopeful in the face of challenges and persist in working toward their learning goals.

Stewart has a BSc degree in honours chemistry, a MSc in wood science and a PhD in educational psychology. She is passionate about helping students learn to use research-tested study strategies and supporting faculty to adopt evidence-based instructional methods. Her current research interests include investigating how emotions influence learning from feedback, learning assessment, and equitable and inclusive teaching. She is a member of the inaugural UBC Equity and Inclusion Scholars Program.

A reminder of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Policy compliance requirements

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La version française suit la version anglaise.

Dear Colleagues,   

Throughout the pandemic, York has prioritized the health and safety of University community members, and those of our neighbouring communities, in our planning and actions.  

To our many community members who have uploaded their vaccination status, thank you for your shared commitment to keeping our community safe. As recognized by national, provincial and municipal public health leaders, vaccination is the most powerful tool we have to protect ourselves and one another from COVID-19.   

York University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate Policy was adopted based on the recommendation of the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health, as a pre-condition for returning more in-person instruction to our campuses. The policy requires all employees to disclose their vaccination status by Oct. 5, whether they are currently accessing campuses or not. This deadline has now passed.  

If you have not already completed the vaccine module on YU Screen to provide information on your vaccination status, please do so right away. The University will be following up with employees who have not yet disclosed their vaccination status regarding next steps, as these employees appear to be non-compliant with University policy at this time. 

As of Tuesday, Oct. 19, University employees who have not provided proof of vaccination or received an exemption are not permitted to attend on campus and may be placed on unpaid leave. Such action is necessary to ensure compliance with public health recommendations and to protect the health and safety of the York community.   

If you have questions about what this means for you, please connect with your manager.  

We are grateful for our employees who are continuing to do their part to protect themselves and others. Thank you for your shared commitment to the health, safety and well-being of the York community and for regular updates, please continue to visit the Better Together website. 

Sincerely, 

Sheila Cote-Meek 
Vice President Equity, People & Culture    

Lisa Philipps 
Provost and Vice President Academic


Rappel au sujet des exigences de la politique de vaccination obligatoire contre la COVID-19

Chers collègues, chères collègues, 

Tout au long de la pandémie, York a privilégié la santé et la sécurité des membres de la communauté universitaire et de ses communautés avoisinantes dans sa planification et ses actions.  

Nous remercions les nombreux membres de notre communauté qui ont téléchargé leur statut vaccinal afin d’assurer la sécurité de notre communauté. Tous les responsables de la santé publique à l’échelle nationale, provinciale et municipale s’accordent pour dire que la vaccination est l’outil le plus puissant dont nous disposons pour nous protéger contre la COVID-19.  

La Politique de vaccination obligatoire contre la COVID-19 de l’Université York a été adoptée sur la recommandation du Conseil des médecins hygiénistes en chef comme condition préalable à la reprise d’un plus grand nombre de cours en personne sur nos campus. Cette Politique exige que tous les employés et employées divulguent leur statut vaccinal avant le 5 octobre, qu’ils et elles viennent au campus ou non. Cette date limite est maintenant passée. 

Si vous n’avez pas encore rempli le module de vaccination dans l’outil YU Dépistage pour indiquer votre statut vaccinal, veuillez le faire immédiatement. L’Université fera un suivi auprès des employés et employées qui n’ont pas encore divulgué leur statut vaccinal et leur fera part des prochaines étapes, étant donné que ces employés ne respectent manifestement pas la Politique de l’Université. 

 À compter du mardi 19 octobre 2021, tous ceux et celles qui n’ont pas fourni de preuve de vaccination ou ne disposent pas d’exemption ne seront pas autorisés à fréquenter les campus et un congé sans solde pourra leur être imposé. De telles mesures sont nécessaires pour assurer la conformité aux recommandations des autorités sanitaires et pour protéger la santé et la sécurité des membres de la communauté de York. 

Si vous avez des questions au sujet des implications de cette Politique, veuillez contacter votre gestionnaire. Nous remercions tous nos employés qui poursuivent leurs efforts pour se protéger et pour protéger les autres. Nous vous savons gré de votre engagement commun envers la santé, la sécurité et le bien-être de la communauté de York. Pour toutes les dernières nouvelles, veuillez continuer à visiter le site Web Better Together

Sincères salutations,   

Sheila Cote-Meek
Vice-présidente de l’équité, des personnes et de la culture   
 

Lisa Philipps
Rectrice et vice-présidente aux affaires académiques 

Focus on collaboration and mentorship at Dr. Eric Jackman Health Scholars Learning Forum

LaMarsh Centre for Child & Youth Research

Two keynote speakers will discuss the power of collaboration on Oct. 18 when the LaMarsh Centre for Child & Youth Research at York University presents the 2021 Dr. Eric Jackman Health Scholars Learning Forum.

Running from 3 to 5:30 p.m., the event aims to explore the impact of collaboration and mentorship and will also feature presentations from research teams at York University.

Keynote speakers will present on “The Power of Knowledge Translation for Community Change” and speak on their knowledge mobilization expertise and efforts. The keynote speakers are:

  • Keiko Shikako, Canada Research Chair in Childhood Disability: Participation and Knowledge Translation; co-lead, Knowledge Translation Program, CHILD-BRIGHT; and
  • Connie Putterman, family engagement in research co-ordinator at CAMH; co-lead, Knowledge and Translation Program, CHILD-BRIGHT.

The Dr. Eric Jackman Health Scholars Award is designed to support student research teams that will be funded to carry out community-engaged research alongside a LaMarsh faculty member and community partner. Teams are meant to foster a situation where both scholars receive mentorship from the faculty member, and the undergraduate scholar receives mentorship from the graduate scholar.

Teams will present an update of their project at this event, where the scholars, faculty member and community partner will speak to the impact of collaboration and mentorship.

Jackman is the founding Chair of the Psychology Foundation of Canada and heads the Jackman Foundation with an interest in child development.

To register for this virtual event, visit this page. To learn more about the research teams and their presentations, visit the event page.

Creative Writing faculty to read from their works

An open book

Nine faculty members from the Creative Writing program will present readings from their works during an annual event. This year, it will take place on Monday, Oct. 18, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Allan Weiss
Allan Weiss
Andy Weaver
Andy Weaver

Participating in this event are: Professor Allan Weiss (departments of English and humanities); Andy Weaver, associate professor (English); Concetta Principe, contract faculty (English); David B. Goldstein, associate professor (English) and co-ordinator of the Creative Writing program; Jennifer Duncan, contract faculty (English); Kenzie Allen, assistant professor (English); Michael Helm, associate professor (English); Pasha Malla, assistant professor (English); and Suzanne Zelazo, contract faculty (English).

The event, which is free and open to the community, will be presented over Zoom. Participants will need to preregister to receive a Zoom link or email Kimberly Wilson, Creative Writing program secretary, at kimberly@yorku.ca.

Allan Weiss is a professor of English and humanities at York University. He the author of three story cycles: Living Room (Boheme Press, 2001), Making the Rounds (Edge, 2016) and, most recently, Telescope (Guernica Editions, 2019). He has published other short stories, both literary and science fiction/fantasy, in various anthologies and magazines, including Wascana Review, On Spec and the Tesseracts series of anthologies of Canadian fantastic literature. Among his scholarly publications are articles on various topics in Canadian fiction, including the short story and Canadian fantastic fiction, and two monographs, The Routledge Introduction to Canadian Fantastic Literature and The Mini-Cycle (both 2021).

David Goldstein
David Goldstein
Concetta Principe
Concetta Principe

Andy Weaver has published three books of poetry. His most recent publication is the poetry chapbook Haecceity, from Gap Riot press. He has recently completed a manuscript for a book-length serial poem titled “The Loom,” which attempts to work through notions of love, both as an abstract concept and in relation to the actuality of becoming a parent.

Concetta Principe is a writer of poetry and creative non-fiction, and scholarship on trauma and literature. Stars Need Counting: Essays on Suicide has recently come out with Gordon Hill Press. Several essays from this collection have been nominated for CNF awards at The New Quarterly and The Malahat Review. Her recent collection of poetry, This Real (Pedlar Press, 2017), was longlisted for the League of Canadian Poet’s Raymond Souster Award. Her poetry has appeared recently in The Capilano Reviewexperiment-o and Hamilton Arts and Literature, and is forthcoming in Wordgathering. Currently, she is in the final stages of editing a book-length project for Palgrave Macmillan, in which a chapter of hers will be included, titled Rereading Lacan’s “Science and Truth”: From Cogito to Covid, to be published in spring 2022. She is also guest editor of a special issue on Lacan, titled “Lacan Now” for English Studies in Canada. She teaches English literature and creative writing at Trent and York universities.  

Kenzie Allen
Kenzie Allen
Jennifer Duncan
Jennifer Duncan

David B. Goldstein, the author of two books of poetry and numerous essays, directs the Creative Writing program at York. He is the author of a book of literary criticism, Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare’s England, which won the 2014 Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award; two co-edited collections of Shakespeare criticism; and two volumes of poems, Lost Originals and Laws of Rest. He has published articles on the politics of soil in Paradise Lost, the Scottish context of The Merchant of Venice, food in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, Titus Andronicus and American cannibalism, Martha Stewart and domestic labour, and Robert Duncan as a translator of Rilke, among others. His poetry and translations have appeared in journals and anthologies across North America.

Jennifer Duncan is the author of two books, Sanctuary & Other Stories and Frontier Spirit: Brave Women of the Klondike, as well as numerous poems, short stories, and book reviews in literary journals and newspapers.  She co-designed the original curriculum for the Yukon School of Art and innovated a community-based writing program in Dawson City. She is currently completing her first novel and her PhD in language, culture and teaching, specializing in creative writing pedagogy.

Michael Helm
Michael Helm
Pasha Malla
Pasha Malla

Kenzie Allen is a descendant of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. She received her PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her MFA in poetry from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. Allen’s most recent project is a multimodal book of poetry that incorporates intergenerational histories and diasporic movements, Haudenosaunee traditions and archival materials of the Carlisle Indian Boarding School. Her poems can be found in the Boston ReviewNarrative MagazineBest New Poets and other venues, and she is the founder and managing editor of the Anthropoid collective.

Michael Helm’s most recent novel is After James. He also writes nonfiction on culture and the arts. The Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize citation calls After James “a warning, a lament, a virtuoso engagement with our times” and “a singular, puzzle-box of a novel delivered in gorgeous prose.” His other novels are Cities of Refuge, a Writers’ Trust finalist and a Globe and Mail and Now Magazine Best Book of the Year; The Projectionist, a finalist for the Giller Prize and the Trillium Award; and In the Place of Last Things, a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction in 2019. His writings on fiction, poetry and the visual arts have appeared in North American newspapers and magazines, including Tin House and Brick, where he’s an editor.

Suzanne Zelazo
Suzanne Zel

Pasha Malla is the author of six books. His writing has won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, an Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Fiction and several National Magazine Awards, has been shortlisted for the Amazon Best First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Prize, and longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Malla is also a regular contributor to The New Yorker, the Globe and Mail and CBC Radio. His new novel, Kill the Mall, will be released in February.

Suzanne Zelazo is the author of the poetry collections Lances All Alike and Parlance (Coach House Books) and is the editor and co-editor of a number of collections of work by experimental female artists and writers. She holds a PhD in English with a specialty in female modernism and avant-garde poetry and performance.