María Ignacia Barraza
PhD (University of Salamanca)

María Ignacia Barraza’s areas of research include Spanish peninsular literature (with particular emphasis on the Spanish Literary Generations of 1898 and of 1927), 19th and 20th century Latin American poetry and prose, as well as film and the visual arts. Her current work centers on the aesthetics of Gaston Bachelard as well as the surrealist influence on Latin American poetry.

Alessandra Capperdoni
PhD (Simon Fraser University)

Alessandra Capperdoni teaches modern and contemporary literature and theory. She specializes in Canadian and Anglophone literature (especially African) and European comparative literature. Her research interests include poetics, modernism and the avant-gardes, feminism and women’s writings, postcolonialism, space/nation/culture, translation studies, literary and critical theory. She has been teaching at Simon Fraser University since 2003.

She is currently working on a book manuscript, Shifting Geographies: Poetics of Citizenship in the Age of Global Modernity. Articles have appeared in Tracing the Line: Reflections on Contemporary Poetics and Cultural Politics in Honour of Roy MikiTrans/acting Culture, Writing, and Memory: Essays in Honour of Barbara Godard,Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora, and Indigeneity in CanadaTranslating from the Margins / Traduire des margesConvergence and Divergence in North America: Canada and the United States and the journals Canadian LiteratureOpen LetterTTR: Traduction, traductologie, rédaction, and West Coast Line. Her last essay is forthcoming in Translation Effects: The Making of Modern Canadian Culture.

Read Alessandra Capperdoni’s article, Acts of Passage: Women Writing Translation in Canada (, published in TTR : Traduction, terminologie, rédaction.

Antone Minard

Born and raised in San Diego, Antone received his PhD in folklore and mythology from UCLA.  His specialty is Celtic languages and literature.

After completing his PhD, he lived for a while in Aberystwyth, Wales, where he was a research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies and contributed to An Atlas for Celtic Studes: Archaeology and Names in Ancient Europe and Early Medieval Britain and Brittany as well as an encyclopedia called Celtic Culture.  Antone's research concentrates on the medieval Welsh Mabinogion and its connections wtih other Celtic, French, English, and Latin literature.  Locally, he works with the Centre for Scottish Studies and offers Welsh language courses through the Vancouver Welsh Society.

Beyond Celtic studies, he has a strong interest in other traditions' folk narrative (myths, legends and folktales) and folk beliefs - especially superstitions and beliefs about the natural world.  He is also a book collector.