Karl JirgensProfessor emeritus Karl Jirgens will discuss “Ephemera and Windsor’s Literary Culture” in a campus talk Thursday.

Local literary culture subject of presentation

Karl Jirgens — writer, editor, and professor emeritus of English — will give a talk for the University community on “Ephemera and Windsor’s Literary Culture” at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in room 53, Chrysler Hall South.

In 1979, Dr. Jirgens founded the international literary journal, Rampike, featuring contemporary art, writing, and theory from around the world with a focus on Canadian expression. He remained the journal’s editor and publisher until its final issue in 2016. The entire Rampike print run from 1979 to 2016, more than 4,000 pages, is archived on a free public access basis through the Leddy Library “Scholars’ Portal.”

Jirgens’ most recent book, The Razor’s Edge, was published by The Porcupine’s Quill in 2022. A collection of interlinked fictions, the narratives inhabit halfway worlds between past and present, dream and actuality, science and divination.