Jonathan Ball


Jonathan  Ball Title: Instructor
Office: 2A45
Building: Ashdown
Phone: 204.789.1476


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


(F) ENGL-1000.3-004 English 1A

(FW) ENGL-1001.6-002 English 1


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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