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Dr. Nicole Markotić

ProfessorDr. Nicole Markotic

 M.A. (Manitoba), Ph.D. (Calgary)


CHN Rm 2119
519 253 3000 ext. 2302



  • Canadian literature
  • Creative Writing (fiction and poetry)
  • the prose poem
  • disability studies


  • 1st yr: Writing About Literature (120)
  • 2nd yr: Creative Writing I (203); Children's Literature (205); Later British Literature
  • 3rd yr: Creative Writing II: Special Topics (304); Canadian Fiction (367)
  • 4th yr: Disability in Children's Literature (405); Seminar in Canadian Literature (416); Creative Writing III (498)
  • Graduate: Literature of Canada (560); Literary Genres: Criticism / Cultural Studies (585); Creative Writing Seminars A and B (591, 592); Creative Writing Project (794)

Recent Publications

Recent Book

Scrapbook of My Years as a Zealot. Novel published by Arsenal Press, Vancouver: October 2008 (333 pp)

Recent Edited Books

The Problem Body: Projecting Disability on Film. Co-editor, and co-writer of critical introduction, with Dr. Sally Chivers. An anthology of essays exploring various representations of disability onscreen. Ohio State University Press: May 2010. 240 pp

Editor, Canadian Journal of Film Studies / Revue canadienne d’études cinématographiques. Special issue on film and disability. Vol 17, #1 (June 2008).

Selected Chapters and Journal Publications

The Narrator Witness: Auto/biographies of Disability and Dying.” Embodied Politics in Autobiography. Edited by Sarah Brophy and Janice Hladki. University of Toronto Press. Forthcoming: 2012

“Leading with Your Head: On the Borders of Disability, Sexuality, and the Nation.” Co written with Robert McRuer. Edited by Robert McRuer and Anna Mollow. Sex and Disability. Duke UP. Forthcoming: December 2011

“January 9: Before Kroetsch’s visit to my meteorology class.” Edited by Rob McLennan. Ottawa: above/ground press broadside (one-page series), #303 [305], July 2011

“Her Mouth Deleting Kisses,” short story in West Coast Line: 65, vol 44, #1 (Spring 2010): 156-159

“Windsor, circa 1979,” short story in filling Station magazine. #47 (Spring 2010): 40-41

“’Goners: A Remake,” “it’s an emergency, how we emerge,” and “emergency nouns,” three poems in Jacket #39 (Winter 2010): 6 pp

“Disability Studies.” Entry for the Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. Edited by Michael Groden et al. Johns Hopkins University Press, May 2009

“To All the (Cow) Girls I’ve Loved, Before.” Open Letter. Thirteenth Series, #6 (Summer 2008): 6-18



Dr. Nicole Markotić specializes in Canadian Literature, Creative Writing (fiction and poetry), disability studies, and children’s literature. She is author of the poetry books connect the dots, Minotaurs & Other Alphabets, Bent at the Spine, and the chapbooks widows & orphans, more excess (which won the bpNichol Chapbook Award), he & [he], and tracking the game. Her fiction includes Yellow Pages, Scrapbook of My Years as a Zealot, and short stories in various literary journals. Her interests include theorizing what she terms the “problem body” (as distinct from the “normal” body), representations of disability in children’s literature, feminist critical and body theory, and twentieth-century Canadian and North American literature and poetics. Critical articles include: “To All the Girls I’ve Loved (Before)…” (in Open Letter), “Widows and Orphans” (in Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative), and “Disabling the Viewer: in Tod Browning’s Freaks” (in Screening Disability). She was poetry editor for Red Deer Press for six years, has worked as a freelance editor for numerous poets and novelists, is a fiction editor for NeWest Press, has co-edited a collection of essays, The Problem Body: Projecting Disability on Film. And edited a collection of poetry by Dennis Cooley, By Word of Mouth. Currently Nicole Markotić is completing a poetry book, and editing a collection of essays on Robert Kroetsch’s writing.