About

Karen Houle is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph, in Guelph, Canada. Her university degrees focused first on biology, then history & philosophy of science, and finally political philosophy. She is the author of numerous articles on the following thinkers: Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Michel Foucault, Spinoza, Jacques Derrida, & Luce Irigaray, and the following subjects: animality, plant ontology, micropolitics, friendship, copyright, & reproductive technology. With Jim Vernon (York University), she co-edited a book of essays on Hegel and Deleuze (2013, Northwestern). Houle recently completed a monograph titled Toward a New Image of Thought: Responsibility, Complexity and Abortion (2013, Lexington Press, Outsources Series). She is the author of two books of poetry: Ballast (published in 2000 by House of Anansi Press) and During (published in 2005 by Gaspereau Press), and numerous essays on and about art and art making in non-academic venues.

She is also the translator (from French to English, & with the help of Melissa Chong and Pegless Barrios) of Le Quan Ninh's (2011) collection of aphorisms and short essays on musical improvisation entitled "Improvising Freely: The ABC's of An Experience." (Publication Studio, PS Guelph). In the Fall of 2014 Houle was the inaugural Writer-in-Residence at North House (University of Waterloo School of Architecture), on the rare Charitable Research Reserve...on the banks of the Grand River, just north of Cambridge. The residency was jointly sponsored by rare and The Musagetes Foundation. Houle is completing a collection of poetry from that residency. Here's an article by Laura McDonald that appeared in A/J (Alternatives Journal: Canada's Environmental Voice) about that time & the artistic practice she developed to meld science and poetry: Science and Sensibilities.