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Areas of Interest

Contemporary literature; poetry and poetics; modernism; literary theory and criticism; literature and technology


Work in Progress

Book manuscript: Rumors of Utopia: Contemporary Literature’s Public Language

Articles: “Forensic Poetics” (under review); “The Art of Distinction” (under review); “Paterson’s Analogies” (invited submission); “C. D. Wright’s Relational Poiesis” (invited submission)



Writing in Real Time: Emergent Poetics from Whitman to the Digital, Cambridge University Press, 2017.

A Companion to American Poetry, edited with Mary Balkun and Jeffrey Gray, Wiley-Blackwell, 2022.

Robert B. Heilman: His Life in Letters, edited with Edward Alexander and Richard Dunn, University of Washington Press, 2008

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Nathaniel Mackey’s Late Style,” in Nathaniel Mackey, Destination Out: Essays on His Work, edited by Jeanne Heuving, University of Iowa Press, 2021, 105-21 (invited submission)

“Virtual Worlds: Hypothetical Focalization in William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!,” Journal of Foreign Languages and Cultures 2.1 (2018) (invited submission)

“Spectral Affordances of the Catalogue,” Comparative Literature 70.2 (2018)

“Speaking and Making: Arendt, Stevens, and the Poetics of Public Discourse,” New Literary History 45.4 (2014)

“The Poetics of Midrash in Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s Drafts,” Contemporary Literature 53.2 (2012)

“Charles Olson Keeps House: Rewriting John Smith for Contemporary America,” Journal of Modern Literature 34.1 (2010)

“‘Allow Intelligence to Survive’: Life’s Language in Williams and Tzara,” William Carlos Williams Review 28.1-2 (2008)

“Articulating Community: Speaking and Silence in George Oppen’s ‘Of Being Numerous,'” A Wilderness of Signs: Ethics, Beauty & Environment after Postmodernism, ed. Joe Jordan, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2006

“The Long Poem,” “H. D. (Hilda Doolittle),” “The Objectivists,” “Charles Reznikoff,” entries in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism


Reviews, Creative Writing, and Other Works

“Untitled Shot,” Three Fold Press, 2021

“No Shelter,” Six Feet of Distance: Meditations & Resources on Art & Social Practice, May 2020

“Hybrid Humanities at Polytechnic Universities,” PMLA Forum, PMLA 134.1 (2019): 201-2

Review of The Limits of Fabrication: Materials Science, Materialist Poetics by Nathan Brown (Fordham UP, 2017), ASAP/J, 2019

“Shots Fired,” review of Exit Theater by Mike Lala (UP of Colorado, 2016), Jacket2, 2018

Review of Nathaniel Mackey, Late ArcadeChicago Review 2017

“Ending, Beginning,” a review of recent work by Rachel Blau DuPlessis, The Volta, April 2017

“A List, Not a Map,” Woodward Line Poetry Series, Detroit, MI, March 18, 2015 (invited talk)


Conference Activity

Various talks at national and international conferences, including MLA, MSA, ASAP, PAMLA, ACLA, National Poetry FoundationLouisville conference on literature and culture since 1900, Association for Philosophy and Literature, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts