Dr. Nicole Markotic


M.A. (Manitoba), Ph.D. (Calgary)

Contact                         Dr. Nicole Markotic

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519 253 3000 ext. 2302

Teaching/Research Areas:

  • Canadian literature
  • Creative Writing (fiction and poetry)
  • Children's Literature
  • Disability studies


Dr. Nicole Markotić specializes in Canadian Literature, Creative Writing (fiction and poetry), disability studies, and children’s literature. She is author of several books of poetry, including Minotaurs & Other Alphabets, Bent at the Spine, and Whelmed, as well as the chapbooks widows & orphans, more excess (which won the bpNichol Chapbook Award), and Ins & Outs. Her fiction includes Yellow Pages, Scrapbook of My Years as a Zealot, short stories in various literary journals, and the recent YA novel, Rough Patch. 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.She was poetry editor for Red Deer Press for six years, has worked as a freelance editor for numerous poets and novelists, is currently a fiction editor for NeWest Press, and has edited and co-edited several books and journals. Her most recent critical publication is Disability in Film and Literature, and she is currently working on a poetry book and a collection of essays on disability in children's literature.

Recent Books:

  • Rough Patch. YA Novel published by Arsenal Press. Spring 2017
  • Disability in Film and Literature. Critical book published by McFarland & Co. June 2016
  • Whelmed. Poetry book published by Coach House. May 2016

Recent Edited Books

  • Robert Kroetsch: Essays on His Works. Guernica Editions. May 2017
  • 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

Selected Chapters and Journal Publications

  • “Talking Disability Poetics: A Conversation Between Nicole Markotić and Michael Davidson.” TOWARD. SOME. AIR. Edited by Fred Wah and Amy De'Ath. Banff Centre Press, 2015
  • “Disability and Belonging in Shaun Tan’s picture book, The Lost Thing.” Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures. University of Winnipeg. Vol 6, #2. Winter 2014
  • “Razzle Dazzle Heartbreak: Disability Promotion and Glorious Abjection in Guy Maddin’s The Saddest Music in the World.” Different Bodies: Essays on Disability in Film and Television. Edited by Marja Mogk. McFarland & Company, 2013