Karl Jirgens is a specialist in literary theory, contemporary literature with a focus on Canadian literature, and creative writing and publishing. He has served as Head of the English Department, and as Chair of the Creative Writing program at the University of Windsor. He is the author of Bill Bissett and His Works (ECW), Christopher Dewdney and His Works (ECW), Strappado (Coach House Press), and A Measure of Time (Mercury Press). He has edited a book on Canadian painter, Jack Bush (Coach House) another on poet, Christopher Dewdney (Wilfrid Laurier University Press), and co-edited an issue of Open Letter magazine (with Beatriz Hausner, on collaborative expression). His scholarly articles on digital culture and performance, as well as contemporary and postcolonial literature appear nationally and internationally in print and digital journals such as WI (Canada), Canadian Literature (Canada), Literary Review of Canada (Canada), La Revista Canaria de Etudio Ingleses (Spain), Q/W/E/R/T/Y (France), Open Letter (Canada), and World Literature Today (USA). His scholarly essays are also published in essay collections such as CanLit Across Media (Edited by Jason Camlot and Katherine McLeod), as well as Scholarly Anthology, Trans/Acting Culture, Writing, and Memory: Essays in Honour of Barbara Godard, (Edited by Eva Karpinski, Jennifer Henderson, Ian Sowton, and Ray Ellenwood).
Collette Broeders is a passionate mixed media artist merging traditional processes with new media and performance. She is currently located in LaSalle, Ontario residing on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, which include the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomie. In the 80’s she attended St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology for business followed by the University of Windsor for the Bachelor of Commerce program. She worked in accounting, business and database development for several years. By 2004, Broeders returned to the University of Windsor where she completed the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) program. Her studies focused on printmaking and investigated the digital realm where she combined both of these mediums. She is a founding member of one ten park : a working space, an active member of the arts community and maintains a studio in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.