Lucas Crawford

Associate Professor



Carleton Hall 320

1 506 447 3228

Other titles

Director of First and Second Year

Lucas Crawford’s research and writing bridge 20/21st c. British novels; queer theory; transgender studies; architecture; theories of feeling; Jewishness; and, discourses of fat and of food.


Lucas’ third poetry book, Belated Bris of the Brainsick, appears with Nightwood Editions in Fall 2019. This collection theorizes queer mental health by way of poems about ancestry, food, gender, struggle, and connection.

A 2018 artsNB Creation Grant supports Lucas’ next poetry collection, a study of the buildings and politics of Internment Camp B70 (in Ripples, NB).

Sideshow Concessions (Invisible Publishing 2015), Lucas’s first poetry book, was awarded the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Matrix magazine released a “Trans Lit” issue guest-edited by Lucas in July 2016, during which time Lucas was the 2015-6 Critic-in-Residence for CWILA.

Transgender architecture

Lucas’ first academic book, Transgender Architectonics: The Shape of Change in Modernist Space (Routledge 2016), proposes a new spatial rhetoric for conceiving of gender.

This interest in design and gender has grown into a second book-length collection of essays, one that argues for a redefinition of texture in relation to gendered diction, space, style, and feeling.

In Fall 2018, University of Calgary Press released Lucas’ second poetry book, The High Line Scavenger Hunt, a long poem that analyzes the history of, and redesign of, Manhattan’s High Line Park. In August 2019, the arts curation team at the High Line park commissioned Lucas and two other writers to create an alternative audio guide to the celebrated public space; the audio guide is now available to park visitors and for free online.

In recognition of this body of work about queer gender and architecture, Lucas has been awarded the 2019 Arcus/Places prize by the College of Environmental Design at UC-Berkeley.

And more

“Slender Trouble,” Lucas’ other academic book project, addresses the fraught role of body size in queer theory; it seeks to redefine what “fat feeling” could possibly mean when many people of all sizes perform attachments to feeling fat. The first chapter of “Slender Trouble” appears in the Fall 2017 issue of GLQ: Gay & Lesbian Quarterly.

Other articles on the topics mentioned above appear in journals such as Women’s Studies Quarterly, Mosaic, English Studies in Canada, Transgender Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Homosexuality, Sexualities, The Routledge Queer Studies Reader, The Transgender Studies Reader (Vol. 2), and in books such as NYU’s Queering the Countryside and Rutgers’ Trans Studies.

Lucas is interested in hearing from prospective graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who do scholarly and/or poetry-based work on queer literature and culture; popular culture; 20/21st c. British novels; transgender studies and culture; or critical studies of food, fat, disability, mental illness, or body studies broadly construed.