Kiera Obbard - PhD Student | College of Arts

Kiera Obbard - PhD Student

School of English and Theatre Studies

Kiera Obbard is a part-time PhD student in Literary Studies, School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. Her current research is situated at the intersection of contemporary Canadian poetry, social media, and digital humanities. Specifically, she is interested in poetry disseminated on social media platforms like Instagram, and how new genres of poetry can disrupt the publishing industry and the ways in which we engage with and read literature in the digital age.

She completed an M.A. in Cultural Studies and Critical theory at McMaster University and an Honours B.A. with a joint major in English and Communication at the University of Ottawa. She is currently a fellow at The Humanities Interdisciplinary Collaboration (THINC) Lab, an editorial board member of the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies and WaterHill Publishing, and she works full-time at the Waterloo-based software company OpenText.

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.