CWILA Board of Directors

Our Current Board

Shannon Maguire

Kate Siklosi

Kate Siklosi lives, writes, and thinks in Toronto. She holds a PhD in English from York University and is currently using her skills and talents to make magical things happen outside the academy. Her poetry and criticism has been featured in various journals and magazines across North America. She is the co-founding editor of Gap Riot Press.

Bianca Spence

Lisa Whittington-Hill

Former Board Members


Erin Wunker — Outgoing Chair 

Erin teaches Canadian Literature at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. Her areas of research and teaching include Canadian literary and cultural production and critical theory. She is a co-founder and editor of the feminist academic blog Hook & Eye: Fast Feminism, Slow Academe.

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Kirsty Bell is an associate professor of French at Mount Allison University. She is particularly interested in the relationship between literature and the visual arts, and in the ways authors and artists articulate their creative processes. She has published on authors such as Louise Warren, Marie-Claire Blais, Nicolas Dickner and Gabrielle Roy. She has also co-curated an exhibition of artists’ books and book-like objects.

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Shannon Webb-Campbell

Shannon Webb-Campbell is an award-winning Mi’kmaq poet, writer, and curator. Still No Word (Breakwater, 2015), recipient of Egale Canada’s Out In Print Award, is her first collection of poems. She was Canadian Women In Literary Arts critic-in- residence 2014, and is a board member.

Shannon holds a MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia, a BA from Dalhousie University, and currently studies and teaches English Literature at Memorial University. Her work is anthologized in IMPACT: Colonialism in Canada (Manitoba First Nation Education Resource, 2017), Where the Nights Are Twice As Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets (Goose Lane, 2015), This Place A Stranger: Canadian Women Travelling Alone (Caitlin Press, 2015), and others.

She curated “Screening the Offshore” at The Rooms Provincial Museum, Art Gallery and Archives, and currently works as a curatorial assistant at Eastern Edge Gallery. Shannon is poetry editor at Plenitude Magazine.

Her play Neither Love Letters Nor Moonlight, premieres at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland February 2017. She is a member of Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation.

Jacqueline Valencia

Jacqueline Valencia is a poet, writer, and critic. She’s the founding editor of These Girls On Film and senior staff film critic at Next Projection. Her work has appeared in various publications across Canada including Broken Pencil, The Rusty Toque, The Barnstormer and Lemon Hound. Her chapbooks have been published by No Press and LyricalMyrical Press.  Jacqueline lives in Toronto where she curates the Undefined Toronto conceptual series and is a member of the Meet The Presses collective.


Leigh Nash – Treasurer

Leigh Nash is the publisher of Invisible Publishing and the co-curator of The Emergency Response Unit, a chapbook press. She currently serves as vice chair for eBOUND Canada and on the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP)’s board of directors. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and her first book of poetry, Goodbye, Ukulele, was published by Mansfield Press in 2010.

Libe García Zarranz – Secretary and Critic-in-Residence Jury Chair

Libe is a Scholar in the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and an Affiliated Researcher for the Canadian Literature Centre (CLC) at the University of Alberta. In October 2014 she completed a one-year postdoctoral lectureship at the University of Innsbruck (Austria), where she taught and researched at the intersection of gender studies and feminist writing in Canada and Britain. Libe has published on gender, affect, ethics, and the body in the work of Emma Donoghue, Dionne Brand, Raymond Carver, and Walt Disney. She has co-edited a special issue of Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies on “Women’s Writing in Canada & Québec Today: Alliances/ Transgressions/ Betrayals” (2013) and she is now co-editing a special issue of Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice (2016) on affect and feminist literary and cultural production. Libe is currently completing a manuscript entitled Cross-Border Assemblages: Ethics and Affect in Contemporary TransCanadian Fictions.

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Evelyne’s research focuses on French and Francophone literatures. She defended in 2010 at University of Montreal a doctoral dissertation that was recently published into a book: Imaginaires de la filiation. Héritage et mélancolie dans la littérature contemporaine des femmes (Montreal: Éditions XYZ, 2013). She is the author of several articles on contemporary women’s writing in French.  She lives in Ghent (Belgium), where she works as a postdoctoral research fellow on the legacy on the Holocaust in contemporary literature and art.

Judith Scholes

Judith is a Vancouver-based writer, researcher, and teacher, who grew up in Burlington, Ontario. She holds a PhD in English from the University of British Columbia, where she wrote a dissertation on Emily Dickinson, material rhetoric and the ethos of women’s poetry in nineteenth-century American periodicals. Her work appears in the Emily Dickinson Journal and American Periodicals. Currently, she works as a Sessional Lecturer in the Department of English at UBC.

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Marie Carrière 

Marie Carrière is Director of the Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne at the University of Alberta, and teaches French and Comparative literature there. She is the author of Writing in the Feminine in French and English Canada: A Question of Ethics (2002) and of Médée protéiforme (2012). She has co-edited several essay collections, recently including Regenerations: Canadian Women’s Writing (with Patricia Demers, 2014) and a special issue of the online journal Canada & Beyond, “Alliances/Trangressions/Betrayals: Women’s Writing in Canada Today” (with Libe Garcia Zarranz, 2013). She has published journal articles and book chapters on women’s writing and feminism in Canada and Québec.

Clélie Rich

Clélie is a technical editor for Asentus Consulting Group. She was formerly the managing editor of Room magazine. She lives in East Vancouver with her cat and far too many books.


Gillian Jerome—Founder

Gillian Jerome’s first book of non-fiction Hope In Shadows, Stories and Photographs from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (with Brad Cran) won the 2008 City of Vancouver Book Award and was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize. Her first book of poems, Red Nest (Nightwood), won the ReLit Prize for Poetry in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2010. She teaches literature at UBC and edits poetry at EVENT magazine.


Laura Moss

Laura Moss is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia where she teaches Canadian and African literatures. She is the book Review editor of the literary journal Canadian Literature and, for 2013-14, the Acting Editor of the journal.  She is the co-editor (with Cynthia Sugars) of the 2 volume anthology Canadian Literature in English: Texts and Contexts, the editor of Is Canada Postcolonial?: Unsettling Canadian Literature, and of Leaving the Shade of the Middle Ground: The Poetry of F.R. Scott. Moss has published articles on a wide range of authors and subjects including Zadie Smith and everyday hybridity, Margaret Atwood as an icon abroad, Rohinton Mistry and realism, Antje Krog and the South African TRC, the history of multiculturalism policy and public arts policies in Canada, and the controversy over public art memorials in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

She is a board member of CWILA and an organizing member of the GRSJ, CWILA Research Network at UBC.


Pam Oliva

Currently the CFO of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, Pamela has held senior finance positions and board roles in Canada, Australia and the UK. She has focussed on working within the not-for-profit sector since 2007, in particular with Indigenous organizations, having spent many years working with the Traditional Owners of Kimberley region of Australia and now with the First Nations of Saskatchewan, Canada.  It is Pamela’s great hope to continue to be invited to work in solidarity with and as an ally to Indigenous Peoples for many years to come.

Pamela is also currently the Treasurer of the PotashCorp Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan.