Cameron ANSTEE


Cameron ANSTEE
PhD Candidate

2011- Ph.D., English Literature, University of Ottawa 2009 M.A., English Literature, Carleton University 2008 B.A. (Honours), English Literature, Carleton University

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Cameron Anstee


Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English


University Degrees

2011- Ph.D., English Literature, University of Ottawa
2009 M.A., English Literature, Carleton University 
2008 B.A. (Honours), English Literature, Carleton University

Fields of Interest

  • 20th Century Canadian Poetry
  • Book History
  • Small Press, Little Magazines, Poetry Readings, Bookselling

Current Research

My dissertation, currently titled “Make Contact: Contributive Practices in Bookselling and the Small Press in Canada After WWII,” considers the reciprocities between the development of bookselling and the small press in Canada relative to the establishment of Canadian literature as a viable field of academic study in the 1950s and 1960s. What effect did modes of distribution have on the production of literature in Canada during these years? How did booksellers contribute to the establishment of an accessible body of Canadian literature that was open to both recognition and dispute? How can the work of booksellers and small press activists be understood as critical practices? This research is frame by bookseller Nicky Drumbolis’ theory of “contributive bookselling,” Barbara Hernstein-Smith’s theories of evaluations, and Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of the field of cultural production. It will include chapters on Reginald Eyre Watters, Bernard Amtmann, Raymond Souster, Martin Ahvenus, Nelson Ball, William Hoffer, Nicky Drumbolis and others.


Edited Volumes

Anstee, Cameron, ed. The Collected Poems of William Hawkins. Ottawa: Chaudiere Books, 2015.

Stacey, Robert and Cameron Anstee, eds. Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews. Special Issue on Irving Layton. Forthcoming, 2014.

Refereed Journal Articles

“‘setting widespread precedent’: The Canada Council for the Arts and the Funding of Poetry Readings in Canada (1957-1977).” Amodern. Forthcoming.

“‘I made my great entry—flanked’: Irving Layton’s Collaborators at McClelland & Stewart (1959-1964).” Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews. Forthcoming, 2014.

Book Reviews

Review of YVR, by W.H. New and Campfire Radio Rhapsody, by Robert Earl Stewart. Journal of Canadian Poetry 28 (2013): 118-122.

Review of Night Gears by Bren Simmers. The Bull Calf Review 1:3 (September 2011).

Scholarships and Awards

2012-15 SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship 
2011-15 University of Ottawa Excellence Scholarship
2011-12 Ontario Graduate Scholarship 
2008-09 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
2008-09 Michael Thompson Scholarship, Carleton University
2008 Carleton University Senate Medal
2004-08 Dean's Honour List, Carleton University

Conference Participation

Conferences Organized

The Page: Visual and Material Literature
. University of Ottawa, Department of English Graduate Student Conference. March 14-16, 2014. 

Whatever Else: An Irving Layton Symposium. University of Ottawa, Annual Canadian Literature Symposium. May 3-5, 2013.

Papers Presented

 “The Bookseller as Critic: William Hoffer’s Campaign Against the ‘junk literature’ of Canada.” Prestige of Literature Conference. Carleton University. October 10-11, 2014.

“Contributive Bookselling: Nelson Ball in Canada’s Literary Field(s).” ACCUTE/Congress. Brock University. May 24-27, 2014.

“‘These words are another drawing’: Barbara Caruso, Seripress, and Concrete Poetry in Canada.” The Page: Visual and Material Literature. University of Ottawa English Department Graduate Conference. March 16, 2014.

"Fierce and Ridiculous: McClelland & Stewart, Frank Newfeld, and the Branding of Irving Layton.” Whatever Else: An Irving Layton Symposium. University of Ottawa. May 3-5, 2013.

“‘Opera, Theatre, Ballet, etc.’: The Canada Council Learns to Fund Poetry Readings.” Approaching the Poetry Series. Concordia University. April 5-6, 2013.

“‘(calling stone dead John Thompson)’: Rob Winger Invokes Stilt Jack.” McGill University English Department Graduate Conference. January 27-29, 2012.

“‘Because it brought the world to us’: A History of the Contact Poetry Readings (1957) 1959-1962.” Conference on Editorial Problems, Editing Modernism in Canada. University of Toronto. October 23-24, 2010.


2014-15 Instructor, ENG 1121, University of Ottawa
2012-13 Research Assistant, Professor Robert Stacey, University of Ottawa
2012 Teaching Assistant, University of Ottawa
2011-12 Corrector, University of Ottawa
2009 Research Assistant, Professor Grant Williams, Carleton University
2008-09 Teaching Assistant, Carleton University

Departmental Service

Graduate Representative, Faculty of Arts External Evaluation Committee. 2014.2012-14 Graduate Representative, Departmental Assembly, University of Ottawa

2013 Graduate Co-ordinator for Visiting Poets, University of Ottawa

Non-Academic Work

Editorial Roles

2009- Apt. 9 Press, Ottawa. Founder, editor, and publisher
2006-09 Editor, In/Words Magazine & Press, Carleton University

Literary Publications

Consider Each Possibility. London ON: Baseline Press, 2015.

Five. Ottawa: Apt. 9 Press, 2014. 29-38.

“Frank St.” ground rules: the best of the second decade of above/ground press 2003-2013. Ottawa: Chaudiere Books, 2013.

Regarding Renewal
. Ottawa: above/ground press, 2012.

“First Law.” Pith and Wry: Canadian Poetry. Ed. Susan McMaster. Sudbury: Your Scrivener Press, 2010. 147-149.

Frank St. Ottawa: above/ground press, 2010.

Water Upsets Stone
. Toronto: The Emergency Response Unit, 2009.

Releasing Symmetry
. Ottawa: In/Words, 2009.

Literary Awards

2010 Carleton University Writing Competition, Poetry
2009 Origami Cran Contest, TREE Reading Series, Ottawa
2008 Lilian I. Found Award for Poetry, Carleton University

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