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Stephanie McKenzie

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Dr. Stephanie McKenzie, BA (Victoria), MA (Concordia), PhD (Toronto)

Professor - English, School of Arts and Social Science

Email: smckenzi@grenfell.mun.ca

Phone: (709) 639-2399

Website: www.stephaniemaymckenzie.com

Research interests/expertise

Poetry; Women’s Literature; West Indian Women’s Writing; Indigenous Literature of the 1960s and 1970s in Canada.

Representative scholarly contributions

Publications and scholarship listed below account for the last six years only (2016-present)

Selected Scholarship
Forthcoming Books
  • Bailey, Carol and Stephanie McKenzie, editors. A Fierce Green Place: new, selected and uncollected poems, by Pamela Mordecai. New Directions Publishing. Forthcoming 2022.
  • MacDonald, Teri-Ann and Stephanie McKenzie, editors. Twine Loft: Stories and Sayings from the Oral Tradition, by Rex Brown. Flanker Press. Forthcoming 2021.

McKenzie, Stephanie. Before the Country: Native Renaissance, Canadian Mythology. University of Toronto Press, 2007.  (Reprint, 2019). 


  • McKenzie, Stephanie. “’Their Head Full of Fragments’: Newfoundland Author Al Pittman’s West Moon, Monuments, Fragments, and Ruins.” Electryone, vol. 6, no. 1, 2019, pp. 28-38.


Selected Conference Presentations

  • “Challenging Canons: Researching and Promoting the Work of Jamaican-Canadian Author Pamela Mordecai.” Epistemological Canons in Language, Literature and Cultural Studies. The 26th Annual Conference of the Polish Association for the Study of English, 22–24 June 2017, University of Gdańsk.

  • “Indigenous Author Eden Robinson’s Traplines within the Context of a Conference Dedicated to Migration.” Interpreting Migration: An International Multidisciplinary Conference, 28–30 Apr. 2017, Technical University of Liberec.


Adaptation of McKenzie’s poem “One More Way to See” by modern composer Jennifer Butler for the Emily Carr String Quartet and mezzo-soprano Marian Newman. Victoria Symphony, New Music Festival. 2019.

Awards and recognitions

Memberships and affiliations

In addition to her academic and literary work, McKenzie was the co-founder and co-producer of The April Rabbit, an annual event held in Corner Brook, NL from 1998-2013, which showcased and promoted emerging writers, artists and musicians. Here is a recording of the last April Rabbit.

She was also Artistic Director of The March Hare (Atlantic Canada’s largest literary festival) from 2014 until its final year, in 2018. 
In addition, McKenzie is Interviews Editor for Postcolonial Text.

Chair, English

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