Lorraine York, CCENA Co-Director

Lorraine York is Distinguished University Professor and Senator William McMaster Chair in Canadian Literature and Culture in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster. Recent books include Literary Celebrity in Canada (2007), Margaret Atwood and the Labour of Literary Celebrity (2013), and Celebrity Cultures in Canada, co-edited with Katja Lee (2016). She has just completed a book called Reluctant Celebrity that examines public displays of celebrity reluctance as forms of privilege intertwined with race, gender, and sexuality. Her new project is “Denouncing 21st-Century Fame Hunger: Affect, Gender, New Media” and her dearest hope is to write a book on this subject entitled Unseemly


Daniel Coleman, CCENA Co-Director

Daniel Coleman has long been fascinated by the poetic power of narrative arts to generate a sense of place and community, critical social engagement and mindfulness, and especially wonder. As a reader, writer, and teacher, he is compelled by the long, slow project of unlearning naturalized injustices and sanctioned ignorance and is witness to the fact that fresh ways to learn still occur and have transformative power. Although he has committed considerable effort to learning in and from the natural world, he is still a bookish person who loves the learning that is essential to writing. He has written scholarly books about literature, masculinity, migration, and whiteness in Canada, and he has written literary non-fiction books about his upbringing among missionaries in Ethiopia, about the spiritual and cultural politics of reading, and about eco-human relations in Hamilton, Ontario, the post-industrial city where he lives. He has edited books on early Canadian literary cultures, postcolonial masculinities, race, Caribbean-Canadian literature, the state of the humanities in Canadian universities, the creativity and resilience of refugee-d and Indigenous peoples, and international scholarship on Canadian literatures. Some of these books have won awards. He loves being co-director with his friend and colleague, Lorraine York, of CCENA, McMaster’s Centre for Community Engaged Narrative Arts.