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.


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 is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. She teaches in rhetoric and new media studies, and has published in internet rhetoric, mommy blogging as rhetorical genre, Facebook as a life writing platform, personal narratives and new media pedagogy, and the transformative opportunities of viral academic scholarship. She is a frequent media source on radio, television, and newspaper whenever anyone does anything dumb on the internet. Finishing a book about selfies. Blog co-founder. Autistic. Twitter: @digiwonk.



Co-founder and Editrix: Erin Wunker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University where she teaches and researches in the fields of Canadian literature, feminist theory, creative non-fiction, poetry and poetics. She is Chair of the Board of the national not-for-profit organization CWILA: Canadian Women in the Literary Arts and co-founder and co-managing editor of the feminist academic blog Hook & Eye: Fast Feminism, Slow Academe. Her book, Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on Everyday Life was published by BookThug in 2016 and won the 2017 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award as well as the ECLA Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award.

Erin Wunker_Author Photo_Credit Bart Vautour


Editrix and Writer: Melissa Dalgleish, PhD, is a professional and career development specialist who designs and delivers individual and group programs aimed at helping graduate-trained researchers build their careers in and out of academia. By day, she supports the 2,500 research students, fellows, associates, and staff who work in the research institute of a University of Toronto-affiliated teaching hospital; by night, she consults one-on-one with job seekers, co-edits Hook & Eye, and writes about higher ed issues for sites like Chronicle Vitae, Inside Higher Ed, and University Affairs. Melissa has a PhD in English from York University and is currently at work on two books for WLUP: one a biography of Canadian poet and professor Jay Macpherson, the other a guide to life and work after grad school. She lives in Toronto with one human, two cats, and three too many zucchini plants.



Editrix and Writer: Lily Cho is an Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean, Global and Community Engagement, in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University. She co-edited Human Rights and the Arts: Perspectives on Global Asia with Susan Henders (York, Political Science). Her first book, Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada , examines the relationship between Chinese restaurants and Canadian culture. Her current SSHRC-funded project, Mass Capture, focuses on Chinese Canadian head tax certificates and the relationship between surveillance and the production of non-citizens.

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Writers Emerita:

Jana Elford

Boyda Johnstone

Margrit Talpalaru