Dr. Karl Jirgens was born and raised in Toronto, and attended University of Toronto for his BA, Ontario College of Art for his BFA, and York University for his MA and PhD. He is a specialist in literary theory, contemporary literature with a focus on Canadian literature, and creative writing and publishing. He currently lectures at the University of Windsor.
He is the author of several works on literary and art criticism, and digital culture and performance, and has published in several journals and periodicals. His fictional works have been anthologized by Coach House Press, Black Moss Press, Mercury Press and Texteditions. His theatre/performance works have been presented nationally and internationally including at the Ultimatum Fest in Montreal and at the INTER-Festival in Quebec City.
Karl Jirgens founded and edited Rampike, the international literary journal of contemporary art, writing, and theory, from 1979 to 2016. The entire 36-year print-run is now available through the U Windsor scholar’s portal care of the Leddy Library at the University of Windsor.