Hook & Eye is an intervention and an invitation: we write about the realities of being women working in the Canadian university system. We muse about everything from gender inequities and how tenure works, to finding unfrumpy winter boots, decent childcare, and managing life’s minutiae. Ambitious? Obviously. We’re women in the academy.

We are:

Co-founder and Editrix Emerita: Heather Zwicker (Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies & Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Alberta.)

Co-founder and Editrix: Aimée Morrison (Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. @digiwonk)

Co-founder and Editrix: Erin Wunker (Chair of the Board of Canadian Women in the Literary Arts www.cwila.com, contract academic faculty at Dalhousie University. @erinwunker)

Editrix and Writer Emerita: Margrit Talpalaru, PhD (Contract academic faculty. @Dr_Margrit)

Editrix and Writer: Melissa Dalgleish, PhD (Program Coordinator, SickKids Research Training Centre; Editrix, Graduate Training in the 21st Century. @meldalgleish)

Writer: Boyda Johnstone, PhD (Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of English at Fordham University in New York, NY. Her dissertation examines dream culture in the late Middle Ages. @BoydaJosa)

Writer: Jana Smith Elford (PhD Candidate in the Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta. She writes about 19th century feminism, social movements, and network visualization tools. @janasmithelford)

Writer: Lily Cho (Associate Professor, York University. Her research focuses on diasporic subjectivity within the fields of cultural studies, postcolonial literature and theory, and Asian North American and Canadian literature.



Andrea Beverley is the FQRSC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. She has a PhD in English from the Université de Montréal. She teaches and researches Canadian and postcolonial literatures, always in relation to feminist theory. She has recently published articles inUniversity of Toronto Quarterly and Journal of Canadian Studies.


Elee Kraljii Gardiner directs Thursdays Writing Collective and is coeditor with John Asfour of V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012), which was shortlisted for the 2012 City of Vancouver Book Award. She is also the editor of six books from the Collective, most recently The Stanza Project (Otter Press, 2013), an investigation of the intersection of architectural and poetic space. Elee’s poetry earned CV2’s 2011 Lina Chartrand Poetry Award and is published in journals and anthologies. www.thursdayswritingcollective.ca



Tanis MacDonald is the author of The Daughter’s Way (Finalist, Gabrielle Roy Prize for Canadian literary criticism) and three books of poetry: Rue the Day (2008); Fortune (2003); and  Holding Ground (2000). She is well-known as a reviewer and personal essayist, and is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her poem included here was first published in Contemporary Verse 2 32.1 (2009).



Kristan Newell was born in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. She completed a BA with combined honours in English and Classics at the University of King’s College, and is now pursuing further studies in English at the University of British Columbia as part of an MA program.



Erin Wunker is an Assistant Professor (limited term) in the Department of English at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. She teaches Canadian literatures and cultural production, Canadian poetry and poetics, and is at work on a manuscript about the poetics of collapse. She is a member of the Executive Board of Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (www.cwila.com) and is currently chairing the Critic in Residence jury for 2014. She is a co-founder and weekly contributor to Hook & Eye, and with Dr. Bart Vautour she is the co-founder and co-curator of Why Does It Matter? (www.whydoesitmatter.ca)