Jonathan Ball

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Jonathan Ball holds a Ph.D. in English and teaches literature, film, and writing at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. He has written for television and film and is the author of the poetry books Ex MachinaClockfire, and The Politics of Knives, the co-editor of Why Poetry Sucks: An Anthology of Humorous Experimental Poetry, and the author of the academic monograph John Paizs’s Crime Wave. Visit him online at, where he writes about writing the wrong way.


Teaching Areas:

Creative writing, Experimental literature, Film, Horror


(FW) ENGL-1001-005 English 1

(FW) ENGL-1001-250/251 English 1

(F) ENGL-1003-003 Topics in Literature

(W) ENGL-2102-007 Intro to Creative Writing


Why Poetry Sucks: An Anthology of Humorous Experimental Canadian Poetry. Eds. Jonathan Ball and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Toronto: Insomniac, 2014. Print.

John Paizs’s Crime Wave. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2014. Print and eBook.

The Politics of Knives. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2012. Print and eBook.

Clockfire. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2010. Print and eBook.

Ex Machina. Toronto: BookThug, 2009. Print.

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