Karis Shearer

Associate Professor

English, English and Cultural Studies
Office: CCS 162
Phone: 250.807.9776
Email: karis.shearer@ubc.ca

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Modern and contemporary Canadian and American poetry; literary audio; literary archives; media studies; feminist theory; sound studies; oral history; digital humanities; editing and publishing; history of higher education, particularly the development of Creative Writing as an academic discipline in Canadian universities.

Courses & Teaching

English; Digital Arts & Humanities


Karis Shearer is an Associate Professor in English & Cultural Studies at UBCO where her research and teaching focus on literary audio, the literary event, the digital archive, book history, and women’s labour within poetry communities. She is the editor of All These Roads: The Poetry of Louis Dudek (WLUP 2008), and has published essays on Sina Queyras’s feminist blog Lemonhound, George Bowering’s little magazine Imago, and Michael Ondaatje’s The Long Poem Anthology. She is the author of a chapter in the forthcoming book Canlit Across Media: Unarchiving the Literary Event (McGill-Queens UP, 2020) and is co-editor with Deanna Fong of the forthcoming Wanting Everything: The Collected Works of Gladys Hindmarch (Talonbooks, March 2020). She also directs the AMP Lab, is a Governing Board member and lead UBCO Researcher for the SpokenWeb SSHRC Partnership Grant. She held the 2010-11 Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at Vanderbilt University.

In her spare time she is an avid cyclist and enthusiastic age-group triathlete who has completed a number of Ironman races.




PhD, University of Western Ontario, 2008; MA, University of Western Ontario, 2004; BA, McGill University, 2003.

Research Interests & Projects

With Deanna Fong (Concordia U), Karis is pursuing research on gender and affective labour in the Vancouver literary community of the 1960s and 70s, a collaboration which has resulted most recently in a piece called “Gender, Affective Labour, and Community-Building Through Literary Audio Artifacts” and Wanting Everything: The Collected Works of Gladys Hindmarch (forthcoming from Talonbooks 2020).

She welcomes graduate student supervision inquiries in the following areas especially: literary audio, literary archives, feminist theory, sound studies, digital humanities, literary production, Canadian and American poetry, research creation.

Selected Grants & Awards

UBCO Excellence Fund (2019-2021)

Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant (2019-2020)

Humanities and Social Sciences Small Research Grant (2019-2020)

Raymond Klibansky McGill University Library Fellowship (2019)

FCCS Teaching Innovation Award (2013)


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