Tea Gerbeza

Sessional Member of English
BAHons, MA (Regina), MFA in Writing (Sask.)

tea.gerbeza@uregina.ca
Phone: 306.359.1236 | Fax: 306.359.1200 | Office: CM 413

Short Bio

Tea Gerbeza (she/her) is a disabled poet, writer, multimedia artist, and teacher residing in Treaty 4 Territory (Regina, SK). Tea received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with a concentration in Creative Writing from Campion College in 2017. Her Honours thesis, The Unpopular Dinner Guest: Remus Lupin and Ableism in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series, explored disability and ableism in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Tea completed a Master of Arts in English & Creative Writing in 2019 from the University of Regina, and her thesis, Family Album ↔ Moj Album, was a genre-blurring memoir about the Yugoslavian civil war and her family’s immigration to Canada in 1995. In 2021, Tea will be graduating from the University of Saskatchewan’s MFA in Writing program. Her thesis, a multimodal book-length long poem called How I Bend Into More, is a coming-of-age story of her experience living with scoliosis and scoliosis-related disability, and an exploration of how the body writes itself into selfhood. Tea teaches ENGL 100 for Campion College.

Research Interests

  • Disability representation in fantasy literature
  • Disability poetics
  • Postmemory
  • Pain studies
  • Visual poetry
  • Disability justice
  • The intersections of form and disability in poetry

Representative Publications

  • “Vertebrae, From the Latin: To Bend,” Release Any Words Stuck Inside of You III, 2021
  • “My Father’s History,” spring magazine, vol. 12, 2021
  • “Portrait of My Mother,” spring magazine, vol. 12, 2021
  • “My Small Press Writing Day,” My (Small Press) Writing Day, 2021
  • “Private Joys,” We Are One: Poems from the Pandemic, Bayeux Arts, 2020
  • “Photographs of Hands After the Yugoslavian Civil War,” antilang. no. 7, 2020
  • “The Problem of Werewolves: Remus Lupin and Ableism in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter.Time Lords & Tribbles, Winchesters & Muggles: A Five Year Retrospective, edited by Paul Booth and Isabella Menichiello, Blurb, 2018, pp. 292-295

Current Scholarly Projects

  • “A Study in Painscapes,” From the Trenches: Health Humanities in Application, forthcoming