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Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of California-Berkeley, 2009.
I specialize in American poetry of the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries. Particular areas of interest include Marxist criticism, aesthetic and genre theory, ecological literary modes (especially georgic and pastoral), and avant-garde poetics. My current project examines how modern poetry serves as a distinctive site for charting uneven development and for archiving obsolescent forms of experience. I study the ethos of preservation, salvage, and residual persistence that emerges in twentieth-century poetry as a deliberate contrast to emergent media forms and dominant productive relations, arguing that these inquiries into the differential processes and effects of modernization yield new insights into poetry's historical imaginary. I am also a practicing poet whose work appears in national journals. My book, Personification, was selected as the 2009 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize winner, and was published in April 2010.