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Karl Jirgens (born September 35, 1952) is a writer, editor and professor at the University of Windsor, Ontario. He 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 in 1990. He has taught at the University of Toronto, York University, Guelph University, Humber College, Laurentian University (Algoma), and was the former head of the English Department at the University of Windsor (2004-2009).
In 1979, he founded the international literary journal, Rampike, in Toronto while he was still a student at the Ontario College of Art and was the editor of the journal until its end in 2016. The journal features post-modern art and writing from around the world with a strong focus on Canadian expression. The emergence of Rampike is a part of the larger flourishing small press scene in Toronto at the time.
His scholarly work on postmodern and postcolonial literature has been published in international journals such as La Revista Canaria de Etudio Ingleses (Spain), Q/W/E/R/T/Y (France), Open Letter (Canada), and World Literature Today (USA). His creative work has appeared in Canadian journals such as The Tamarack Review, Only Paper Today, Impulse, Descant, The Journal of Canadian Fiction, Inter, Filling Station, and internationally in The Ontario Review (USA), Tyuonyi (USA), UNIverse (Germany), Essex (USA), the International Symposia of Concrete & Visual Poetry (Australia), and Offerte Speciale (Italy). 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. He also served as a member of many scholarly and literary organizations.
He participated in Dial-A-Poem Montreal 1985-1987.
- The House of Shifting Time. Windsor, ON: Black Moss Press, 2019.
- A Measure of Time. Toronto, ON: Mercury Press, 1995.
- Strappado. Toronto, ON: Coach House Books, 1985.
- Four Words. Toronto, ON: 1W1 Publications, 1979.
- Strappado: Elemental Tales: A Novel Collection of Short Stories. Toronto, ON: Coach House Press, 1984.
- A Measure of Time. Stratford: Mercury Press, 1995.
- Bill Bissett and His Works. Toronto, ON: ECW Press, 1992.
- Christopher Dewdney and His Works. Toronto, ON: ECQ Press, 1994.
- Jack Bush. Toronto, ON: Coach House, 1997.
- Children of the Outer Dark: The Poetry of Christopher Dewdney. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
- "HA&L Biographical Sketch: Karl Jirgens". Hamilton Arts & Letters. https://samizdatpress.typepad.com/hal_magazine_issue_11-2/hal-biographical-sketch-karl-jirgens.html
- Rob McLennan. "Profile on Karl Jirgens? Rampike, With a Few Questions." Open Book Ontario. March 26, 2013. http://www.openbookontario.com/news/profile_karl_jirgens__rampike_few_questions/
- "University of Windsor - RAMPIKE Magazine - English - Welcome". Web4.uwindsor.ca. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
- "Dr. Karl Jirgens | Department of English". Uwindsor.ca. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
- "Karlis Jirgens". Latcan.org. Retrieved 2019-11-23.