Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

Trish Salah

Trish Salah photo credit by Ralph Kolewe
Tel (613)533-6000 ext.77091


Associate Professor in Gender Studies
(Transnational Studies in Gender, Sexuality, Race and Minority Cultural Production)



Brief Biography

Trish Salah works in the area of transnational studies in gender, sexuality, race and minority cultural production. Her current SSHRC funded program of research, Towards a Trans Minor Literature, is an inquiry into the aesthetic and political projects of trans, transsexual, genderqueer and two-spirit writers. That program develops critical contexts for reading and interpreting trans literature through collective and open ended, trans centred dialogues, interviews and conferences such as the recent Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism and Decolonizing and Decriminalizing Trans Genres.

Her first book of poetry, Wanting in Arabic, , investigates the inscription of diasporic trans and queer subjectivities and the social, rhetorical and desiring labour of minority community formation. Her second book, Lyric Sexology Vol. 1, employs the lyric as a lens to read transgender fantasies encoded in feminist, autobiographical, anthropological, sexological and psychoanalytic archives.

Research and supervision areas include: postcolonial, feminist, and sexual minority literatures, comparative analysis of race and racisms, sexualities, genders and modernities, transnational cultural production, psychoanalysis and affect theory, sex work, trans studies, and un/popular culture.

Publications (Recent and Selected)


Lyric Sexology: Volume I. New York, NY: Roof Books, 2014.

Wanting in Arabic: Poems. 2nd Edition. Toronto: Tsar Publications, 2013.

Wanting In Arabic: Poems. Toronto: Tsar Publications, 2002.

Edited Volumes

TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. “Special Issue on Trans* Cultural Production.” Co-edited with Julian Carter and David Getsy. 1.4 (Dec. 2014).

Canadian Review of American Studies. “Special Issue on Anne Marie MacDonald’s Fall on Your Knees.” Co-edited with Sara Matthews and Dina Georgis. 35.2 (2005).


If a child is a land you may not own. Ottawa/Windsor: Flat Singles Press, November 2013.

“Revenant Forms.” Transfeminism and Literature Vol. 1. Special Issue of Belladonna* (2012 #147). Belladona* Material Lives Chaplet Series. Brooklyn, New York, 2012: 11-16.

Scholarly Articles

“Reflections on Trans Organizing, Trade Unionism and Radical Communities.” Trans Activism in Canada: A Reader. Dan Irving and Rupert Raj, eds. Toronto: Canadian Scholar’s Press, 2014: 149-167.

“Introduction.” with Julian Carter and David Getsy. TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. “Special Issue on Trans* Cultural Production.” 1.4. Ed. Julian Carter, David Getsy and Trish Salah. (2014): 469-481.

“Notes on the Subaltern.” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. “Inaugural Issue: Keywords for Trans* Studies.” 1.1-2 (2014): 297-305.

“From Fans to Activists: Popular Feminism enlists in ‘The War on Terror’.” Muslim Women, Transnational Feminism and the Ethics of Pedagogy: Contested Imaginaries in post-9/11 Cultural Practice. Lisa Taylor and Jasmin Zine, eds. Routledge, 2014: 152-71.

“Working for Change: Sex Workers in the Union Struggle.” with J. Clamen and K. Gillies. Selling Sex: Canadian Academics, Advocates and Sex Workers in Dialogue. Emily van der Meulen, et al. eds. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2013: 113-129.

“Notes Towards Thinking Transsexual Institutional Poetics.” Trans/acting Culture, Writing and Memory: Essays in Honour of Barbara Godard. Eva C. Karpinski, et al., eds. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2013: 167-189.

“An-Identity Poetics and Feminist Artist-Run Centers/La poétique de l’anidentité et les centres d’artistes féministes autogérés.” Féminismes électriques. Leila Pourtavaf, ed. Montreal: Les Éditions du remue-ménage/ La Centrale/Gallerie Powerhouse, 2012: 81-106.

“Backlash to the Future: Re/Inscribing Transsexuality as Fundamentalism.” Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 25 (Spring 2011): 212-222.

“In Search of Permiso: Trauma and Song in Rona Bloom’s Poetry.” InFluency Poetry Salon: Engaging Conversations with Contemporary Canadian Poetry 3 (Summer 2010). Web.

“After Cissexual Poetry.” Contemporary Queer Poetics. Ed. Julian Brolaski. Spec. Issue of Aufgabe: Journal of Poetry. 8 (Summer 2009): 282-298.

“In Lieu of a Transgender Poetics.” Contemporary Feminist Poetics in Canada. Ed. Kate Eichorn and Barbara Godard. Spec. Issue of Open Letter. 13.9 (Summer 2009): 34-6.

“Trans-fixed in Lesbian Paradise: Reflections on the Toronto Women’s Bathhouse.” Sexy Feminisms. Ed. Susannah Luhmann and Rachel Warburton. Spec. Issue of Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal. 31.2 (Autumn 2007): 24-29.

“Undoing Trans Studies: Review Essay on J. Butler’s Undoing Gender and V. Namaste’s Sex Change, Social Change.” Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies.17 (Spring 2007): 150-5.

“What’s all the Yap? Reading Mirha-Soleil Ross’ Performance of Activist Pedagogy.” Spoken Word Performance. Ed. Theresa Cowan and Ric Knowles. Spec. Issue of Canadian Theatre Review. 130 (Spring 2007): 64-71.

“Introductory Notes—Memory Foretelling the Story.” with S. Matthews and D. Georgis. Ed. D. Georgis, S. Matthews and T. Salah. Canadian Review of American Studies. 35.2 (2005): 125-138.

“What Memory Wants: Broken Tongue, Stranger Fugue in Fall On Your Knees.” Ed. D. Georgis, S. Matthews & T. Salah. Canadian Review of American Studies. 35.2 (2005): 231-249.

Prose and Poetry in Journals and Anthologies

"Promise the Desert, the Tower" and "Poem for Abousfian Abdelrazik." Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices. edited by Amir Rabiyah and Helen Klonaris. (in English and in Arabic, trans. Nayrouz Abu-Hatoum). Los Angeles: Trans-Genre Press, 2015. Pp. 175-181.

"Old excuses for us.” The Poetics of Queer, Special Issue of CV2. Volume 38.1 (Summer 2015).

“Ghazal Green,” “Rumour Mill,” “StarBambiStar.” The Electric Gurlesque. (Online and Audio.) Ed. Lara Glenum and Arielle Greenberg. (Summer 2015). (3 pages) Web.
“Diagnostic Detour” Tripwire 7. (October 2014): 154-160.

“Eulalia for Mother Night” Longlisted for LemonHound’s first annual poetry competition. LemonHound April 9, 2014. (2 pages). Web.

“Notes on Dropping Out,” “Aloysius, Stenographer,” “Land Day.” The Feminist Wire (December 2013) (5 pages). Web.

“Ghazal for Lili Elbe/Einar Wegener,” “The Count,” “Nervensprache,” “Interlude.” The Queer in the Clinic. Ed. Sarah Dowling. Spec. Issue of The Journal of Medical Humanities. (Summer 2013): 295-297.

“Poetics Statement” and the poems: “Next Year in Jerusalem,” “Itinerary of a book/Anxiety of influence,” “Schrebergarden 1-6.” Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. Trace Peterson and TC Tolbert, editors. New York: Eoagh Press and Nightboat Books, 2013: 478-489.

“Baby Steps.” Queer &Trans Issue. Ed. TC Tolbert. The Volta/Evening Will Come. 24 (December 2012) (6 pages). Web.

“Distance Scorns,” “Explore the Wreak.” No More Potlucks. 20 (May-June 2012). (4 pages). Web.

“After Mahmoud Darwish’s ‘Beyond Identification’,” “Psychic Fair,” “Tenebrae as a Girl.” Intersections of Race and Trans. Ed. Minnie Bruce Pratt. Special Issue of Feminist Studies. 37.2 (Fall 2011): 329-334.

“Lyric Sexology, 1-4.” Eleven Eleven. 11 (July 2011).

“Kern,” “Hands Over Fist,” “3 am on Maitland Recollected.” No More Potlucks. 1 (Jan.-Feb. 2009). (5 pages). Web.

“Water Borders\white money.” West Coast Line 55. (Fall 2008): 162-4.

“Surgical Diary.” Sexing the Maple: A Canadian Sourcebook. Ed. Richard Cavell & Peter Dickinson. New York: The Broadview Press, 2006. 147-153.

“red bra [] heroics [Boolean],” “rape [] erotics [Boolean],” “3 am on Maitland,” “H_hesitates” Drunken Boat 8 (Summer 2006). Web.

“Gink, Origin.” Geeks, Misfits & Outlaws. Ed. Zoe Whittall. To.: McGilligan, 2003. 150-156.

“What Daphne Wrote Georgia,” “Fata Morgana [Ferial Mirage].” Torquere: Journal of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Studies Association. 4/5 (2002-2003): 167-172.

“Seven Years [Outtakes].” Matrix. 62 (Fall 2002): 57.

“Red Like a Femme”, “Medusa.” Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity. Ed. Chloe Brushwood Rose and Anna Camilleri. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2002. 27-8, 161-3.

“Ghazals from The Book of Suicides,” “Teenage Trans Vamp.” Bent On Writing: The Clit Lit Anthology. Ed. Elizabeth Ruth. Toronto: The Women’s Press, 2002. 14-20.

“Law’s Echo Lies In.” Tessera. 29 (Winter 2001): 63-65.

“Ghazals for Dana International: Sharon Cohen.” in Fireweed 69, (Summer 2000): 70-1.

“Ghazals in Fugue,” “Phoenicia ≠ Lebanon.” The Diasporic Imagination: Asian American Representations, Ed. Somdatta Mandal. New Delhi: Prestige Books, 2000. 156-62.

“Wanting in Arabic”, “Hysteria of Origins.” Descant 106, (Fall 1999)

“Fawn Gets Orchid.” Tessera 24, Fall (1998)

“Phoenicia ≠ Lebanon.” Borderlines 46, (Spring 1998)

“when there are three.” Tessera 19, (Winter 1995)

Photo credit: Ralph Kolewe