Some of us may be Beatles fans…and, hey, this fact isn’t totally irrelevant to Infinite Jest. So, sorry not sorry (we ain’t sorry). Here are the bios of us Poor Yoricks who will be guiding you other Poor Yoricks through the underground halls of Infinite Jest:
Alexandra (Allie) Fournier (upper right, aka Paul) holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Acadia University and will soon graduate from the University of Waterloo with a Master’s Degree in Literary Studies. She recently completed her graduate thesis on the transition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (1813) into the twenty-first century with the transmedia webseries adaptation entitled The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (2012-2013), which allowed her to fuse her passion for Romantic Literature with her keen interest in both Adaptation and New Media Studies. Born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, she has returned home to the East Coast to begin work for the New Brunswick Teen Apprentice Program (NBTAP) as the Communications and Program Coordinator. Between her new job and reading Infinite Jest, she plans on spending the rest of her summer drawing, painting, working on her novel, Skyping with friends, and watching as many movies and TV shows as possible. You can follower her on Twitter at @miss_allie_fo.
Joe Deluca (upper left, AKA John) is an ancient graduate of the Honours English Language and Literature program at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, and subsequently, the OTA & PTA program at Niagara College in Welland, Ontario. The thought of the deep isolation of pursuing a PhD was (to be completely honest) terrifying, so his academic pursuit of books ended with his undergrad, though the love of reading, ideas, and art in general remained. He is currently employed in the community as a contracted rehabilitation support worker/therapist, working with people that have sustained traumatic brain injuries. In his spare time, you can find him running on the trails or road (perspiring freely, of course), at a local pub performing with his musician friends, reading any manner of book (when time permits), lounging at the beach or around a large body of water, sitting quietly (pondering the weirdness of the universe, as per Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking, etc.), or hanging out with his girlfriend and family. Along with his twin sisters, Joe was born and raised in Grimsby, Ontario by a standard mother and a father that looks like a cross between classically trained thespian, Kevin Sorbo, and 90’s hockey superstar, Doug Gilmour. Despite this, he does not have a penchant for acting or hockey, though he does enjoy a good ol’ fashion legendary journey.
Shazia Hafiz Ramji (lower right, AKA George) lives in Vancouver, BC, where she writes poems, reviews, stories, and works as a poetry editor at Talonbooks. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the 2016 National Magazine Awards, and the 2015 Best Canadian Poetry, and her reviews have recently appeared in Canadian Literature and Poetry is Dead. Someday she might tell you she is Claude Sylvanshine, will claim to understand Wittgenstein, and might even admit that in this case, the third person is actually the first person. You can follow her on Twitter at @Shazia_R.
Philip Miletic (lower left, AKA Ringo) was born in Hamilton, ON, half-raised in Stoney Creek, ON, grew up unfortunately in the suburban town of Grimsby, ON, and now lives in Kitchener, ON. He is currently tackling his English PhD at the University of Waterloo. His dissertation is a comparative study of Gertrude Stein and radio and David Foster Wallace and online reading groups, with a focus on auto/biography and community. He is also an editor for First Person Scholar, a middle state game studies publication at the University of Waterloo. He attempts to write poetry if school is not getting in the way (excuses, excuses), with two chapbooks you can check out: world 1-1, written with Craig Dodman, and mother2earth. Pastimes include: laying horizontally, and everything involved with doing that. You can follow him on Twitter at @philmiletic or follow his blog, Anything But My Dissertation at philipmiletic.wordpress.com