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Katherine McLeod, PhD

Affiliate Assistant Professor, English


Postdoctoral Fellowship, SpokenWeb, Concordia (2014-2015)
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, TransCanada Institute / U of Guelph (2010-2012)

PhD (2010) - University of Toronto
MA (2005) - University of British Columbia
BA Hons. (2003) - University of British Columbia

Teaching activities

Past Courses Taught

ENGL 244 Quebec/Montreal Writing in English
ENGL 233 Comedy

ENGL 453 Advanced Studies / Canadian Writing: Performing Literary Archives

ENGL 378 Modern Canadian Poetry
ENGL 374 Canadian Fiction to 1950
ENGL 370 Canadian Literature

ENGL 260 Intro to Literary Study
ENGL 233 Critical Reading

Research activities

Dr. Katherine McLeod researches Canadian literature through sound, performance, and archives. Most recently, she has co-edited with Jason Camlot, CanLit Across Media: Unarchiving the Literary Event (MQUP, 2019). Currently, she is working on a monograph that examines archival recordings of women poets reading on CBC Radio. She began this project as a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the TransCanada Institute (University of Guelph) and continued this project as a Postdoctoral Fellow with SpokenWeb at Concordia University. She received her doctorate from the University of Toronto, where her dissertation examined a range of methods to perform poetry and, at present, she has been working on the intersection of dance and poetry in her own creative practice as a dancer. She produces the digital content for SpokenWeb's Audio of the Week and Audio of the Month, as part of The SpokenWeb Podcast feed. 

She tweets from @kathmcleod and curates a a list of Montreal poetry readings.

Selected publications


CanLit Across Media: Unarchiving the Literary Event. Co-edited with Jason Camlot. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019.


“Listening to the Archives of Phyllis Webb.” In Moving Archives. Ed. Linda Morra. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2020. 113-131.

“Poetry on TV: Unarchiving Phyllis Webb’s CBC-TV Program Extension (1967).” CanLit Across Media: Unarchiving the Literary Event. Edited by Jason Camlot and Katherine McLeod. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019.

Co-written with Jason Camlot and Deanna Fong. "Clipping the Poetry Series: Selections from the Sir George Williams Poetry Series, 1965–1974." Jacket2. 24 October 2018.

“Radio Poetics: Publishing and Poetry on CBC’s‘Anthology.’” Public Poetics: Critical Issues in Canadian Poetry and Poetics. Eds. Bart Vautour, Travis Mason, Erin Wunker and Christl Verduyn. Wilfrid Laurier UP. 2015.

“Water Music: A Close-Listening to 
The Blue Roofs of Japan.” Listening for the Heartbeat of Being. Eds. Brent Wood and Mark Dickinson. McGill-Queen’s UP, 2015.


“Filming Music: Adapting Transnational Sound in The English Patient and Fugitive Pieces.” Double-Takes: Intersections between Canadian Literature and Film. Ed. David Jarraway. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P, 2013. 299-315.


“‘Oui, let’s scat’: Listening to Multi-Vocality in George Elliott Clarke's Jazz Opera, Québécité.” Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke. Ed. Joseph Pivato. Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2012. Republication.

“Choreographic Poetics: Dance Adaptations of Michael Ondaatje’s Writing.” Open LetterConvergences, Collaborative Expression 15.1 (Fall 2012): 31-57.


“(Un)Covering the Mirror: Performative Reflections in Linda Griffiths’s Alien Creature: A Visitation from Gwendolyn MacEwen and Wendy Lill’s The Occupation of Heather Rose.” Solo Performance: Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English. Ed. Jenn Stephenson. Toronto: Playwrights Canada P, 2010. 141-154. Republication.

“‘Oui, let’s scat’: Listening to Multi-Vocality in George Elliott Clarke's Jazz Opera, Québécité.” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 42.1 (Spring 2009): 133-150.  

“(Un)Covering the Mirror: Performative Reflections in Linda Griffiths’s Alien Creature: A Visitation from Gwendolyn MacEwen and Wendy Lill’s The Occupation of Heather Rose.” Theatre and Autobiography: Writing and Performing Lives in Theory and Practice. Eds. Sherrill Grace and Jerry Wasserman (Talon, 2006). 89-104.


“Between I and I.” Review of I & I by George Elliott Clarke, Blood is Blood by Endre Farkas Carolyn Marie Souaid, and Err by Shane Rhodes. Canadian Literature. 17 April 2012.

“Dialoguing.” Review of
Talk by Michael Nathanson, The Heretic by John Murphy, Skydive by Kevin Kerr, Courageous by Michael Healey. Canadian Literature (Spring 2012): 169-170.

“Rev. of
The Sleeping Life by Kerry Ryan and Away by Andrea MacPherson.” Journal of Canadian Poetry 25 (2010): 115-124.

“Your Street as a Song.” Rev. of ‘The Great Canadian Song Quest’ (CBC Radio 2).
Spacing Magazine (Winter 2011): 74-75.

“Canadian Jazz Opera in America.”
Canadian Theatre Review 142 (Spring 2010): 94-97.

“Rev. of
Expressway by Sina Queyras and The Subway by Philip Quinn” Spacing Magazine (Summer-Fall 2009): 75.

“Savouring Jazz.” Review of
Québécité by George Elliott Clarke. Canadian Literature: Autumn 2005, 186: 123-24.

Invited lectures and talks

Invited lectures and talks

“Poetry - Here, Now, and Then”: A Talk on Audio-Visual Literary Archives of Phyllis Webb." Keynote Lecture. Comparative Canadian Literature Conference, Université de Sherbrooke and Université Laval. 17 March 2017.

“The Sound of Literature.” Pages Unbound Literary Festival. Toronto, 10 May 2015.

“Broadcasting CanLit: Listening in/to the CBC Radio ‘Anthology’ Archives.” TransCanada Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Lecture Series. University of Guelph. 6 March 2012.

“Canadian Sound Poetry: Issues of Recording, Performance, and Listening.” Sound Unbound: Psycho-Acoustics, Sonic Pressures, and the Aural Avant-Garde. University of Toronto Scarborough. University of Toronto. 16 Nov 2009.

Selected conference presentations

“UnquietArchives: What Remains of Voices on the Radio.” Collection Thinking, Concordia University, 12-14 June, 2018.

“Broadcasting/ Podcasting: Towards an Embodied Criticism.” On the panel “Podcasting and the Transformation of Scholarly Communication,” ACCUTE, 27 May 2018.

“Magic Archives: Lost Performances of Gwendolyn MacEwen.” Resurfacing: Women Writing across Canada in the 1970s. Mount Allison University & Université de Moncton, 26-28 April 2018. 


“Whalley, Weaver and Webb: Re-Listening to CBC Radio Literary Programming through the Canadian Writers’ Conference, 1955.” The Centenary Conference in Honour of the Birth of George Whalley. Queen’s University, 26 July 2015.

"Dancing the Avant-Garde: Dance Adaptations of Canadian Sound Poetry.” Avant-Canada Conference and bpNichol Symposium. Brock University, November 2014.

“‘What did you say?’ Recorded Sound and the Analog/Digital Paradigm.” Co-presentation with Linda Morra. “Archive Futures.” Université de Montreal, June 2013.

“Acoustic Archives: Listening to the CBC Radio Archives of Anthology” Society for Cinema &Media Studies. Chicago, March 2013.

“Radio Poetics: Publishing and Poetry on CBC’s ‘Anthology’” Public Poetics: Critical Issues in Canadian Poetry and Poetics. Mount Allison University, Sackville NB, September 2012.

“Radio Modernism in Canada.” Exile’s Return: An Editing Modernism in Canada (EMiC) Colloquium. Paris, France: Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, June 2012.

“Gwendolyn MacEwen Introduces”: Canadian Women’s Writing on the Radio. Canadian Women Writers Conference: Space/Place/Play and Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC). Toronto: Ryerson University, October 2011.

“Listening Across: Revisiting Polyphonic Spaces in Glenn Gould’s ‘The Idea of North’ and Robert Bringhurst’s Ursa Major: A Polyphonic Masque for Speakers and Dancers.” Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Music in Canada Symposium. Sackville: Mount Allison U, June 2011.

“Poetry On Air - CBC Radio Archives.” ACCUTE. Fredericton: U of New Brunswick, May 2011.

“Making It New, Now (?): Listening to the Avant-Garde in Performances by Gerry Shikatani and Nobuo Kubota.” ACCUTE. Concordia: May 2010.

“Filming Music: Adapting Transnational Sound in The English Patient and Fugitive Pieces.” Double-Takes: Intersections between Canadian Literature and Film. U of Ottawa.May 2009.

“Adapting the Avant-Garde: Bodies, Cultures and Texts in ‘The Four Horsemen Project.’” The Oral, the Written, and Other Verbal Media. U of Saskatchewan, June 2008.

“Enter the Reader: Steve McCaffery’s Evoba: The Philosophical Investigations 1976-78.” ACCUTE. UBC: June 2008.

“Sounds Like Canada: Situating Postmodern Listening within Canadian Soundscapes.” Re:Reading Postmodernism - A Symposium. University of Ottawa: May 2008. 

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