Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities - English
School of Humanities

604.986.1911 ext. 7310
Fir Building, room FR404


PhD, English Language and Literatures, University of British Columbia, 2008.

MA, English Language and Literatures, University of British Columbia, 2003.

BA, English, Willamette University, 1998.


Brook Houglum (PhD, University of British Columbia, 2008) is an instructor in the English department at Capilano University.

After completing her doctoral work at UBC, which focused on 20th century U.S. poetry/poetics and sound media, Houglum was awarded a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship to research poets' theatre at the Archive for New Poetry at the University of California, San Diego, 2008-09.

In 2009, she joined the English department at Capilano University. In addition to teaching English courses, while at CapU, she has also taught in the Interdisciplinary Studies program, convened the Creative Writing program, and worked as the Editor of The Capilano Review 2011-13 and 2014-15.

Houglum lives with her partner and two children on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

My teaching interests include poetry and poetics, environmental studies, ecopoetics, climate fiction, and urban studies.

I enjoy working with students from all disciplines and areas as we deploy critical reading strategies, hone writing skills, and investigate real-world problems and place-based literatures together. When possible, I like to take my classes outside.

Participating in ecopoetic and environmental studies approaches, my current creative-research project focuses on global shipping practices and environments.

The project attends to ships, markets, containers, resource use/misuse, bivalves and other sea creatures, sea plants, logistics, currents, and the dynamics of continually expanding port infrastructure—on land and at sea.

I am interested in the global port as a conceptual and metaphoric entity; as a lived system—still transporting 90% of traded goods worldwide; and as a set of individual places, each with their own ecosystems and histories.

Selected Publications

"'Speech without Practical Locale': Lorine Niedecker's Aurality." Broadcasting Modernism, edited by Michael Coyle et al., UP Florida, 2009, pp. 221-237.

"Kenneth Rexroth and Radio Reading." English Studies in Canada, vol. 33, no. 4, Dec 2007, pp. 55-66.