Crystal Hurdle portrait 2016 Fall

Crystal Hurdle

BA, MA (UVic)

Instructor - English

Crystal Hurdle teaches English and Creative Writing at Capilano University. From UVIC, she obtained a BA (Honours) and MA in English, as well as certification for teaching high school students and for teaching English as a Second Language. 

Writing and Publications

Teacher’s Pets, a novel in verse for young adults (Tightrope Books, 2014), prompted Canada’s poet laureate George Elliott Clarke to say, “This poetry is a mash-up of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and and Peggy Atwood’s Journals of Susanna Moodie: Naughty and knotty imagery that makes ‘roughing it in the bush’ a double entendre."

 After Ted & Sylvia: poems, about, to, and for poets Plath and Hughes, was published by Ronsdale Press in 2003. A self-confessed Plath and Hughes addict, she has developed and taught both a poetry course (209) and a creative writing class (292) in which their work figures prominently. In October 2007, as Guest Poet at the International Sylvia Plath Symposium at the University of Oxford, Crystal read from the text there and at Blackwell's Bookstore. 

Her work (poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews) has been published in many journals, including Canadian LiteratureLiterary Review of CanadaEventBoggFireweed,DandelionWhetstoneThe Wascana ReviewThe Dalhousie ReviewThe Capilano ReviewGrainThe Windsor ReviewThe Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature, Contemporary Verse 2The FiddleheadTransitionThe Globe and MailThe Tyee, VallumOther VoicesRoom of One’s Own, blah, blah, blah (:)), and in Pooka Press' poetry postcard series and photobooth series, as well as the anthologies The Eloquent SheArms Like Ladders and Body Breakdowns: Tales of Illness and RecoverySilver Boomers, and Honouring Motherhood: Prayers, Ceremonies and Blessings. which she finds amusing as she and her husband are childless. 

Crystal was Fiction Editor of The Capilano Review in the late eighties and currently sits on the board of directors for the magazine. 

Interests

In her free time she enjoys cycling, yoga, creating textile arts, reading and writing Young Adult and Children's Literature. A beginning student of ballet for 25 years, she hopes to some day move to the intermediate level, but she's not expecting such to happen any time soon.

 

Phone:

604-986-1911 ext. 2420

Email:

churdle@capilanou.ca

Building:

Fir

Room:

468

Publication(s):

After Ted and Sylvia: poems, Teacher’s Pets (a novel in verse), poetry and prose in several journals, including Canadian LiteratureNew Writing: The International Journal for the theory and Practice of Creative Writing, Literary Review of CanadaEventBoggFireweed, DandelionWhetstoneThe Wascana ReviewThe Dalhousie ReviewThe Capilano ReviewGrainThe Windsor ReviewThe Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature, Contemporary Verse 2The FiddleheadTransitionThe Globe and MailThe Tyee, VallumOther VoicesRoom of One’s Own, and in Pooka Press' poetry postcard series and photobooth series, as well as the anthologies The Eloquent SheArms Like Ladders and Body Breakdowns: Tales of Illness and RecoverySilver Boomers, and Honouring Motherhood: Prayers, Ceremonies and Blessings, Make It True: Poetry from Cascadia, and  The Dialogue Continues: Tales from the Making of Capilano College. ​