Department of English
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-4330
Office: (206) 543-2690
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Ph.D., Stanford University, in English and American Literature. 1994-2000.
B.A., Oxford University, with first-class honours in Modern History. 1992-94.
A.B., Harvard University, summa cum laude in English and American Literature. 1988-92
Visiting student, Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys, 1990.
Professor of English, University of Washington. 2012-present.
Associate Professor of English, University of Washington. 2006-12.
Adjunct Assoc. Professor of Slavic, University of Washington. 2006-12.
Assistant Professor of English, University of Washington. 2000-06.
Elizabeth Agee Prize for excellence in American literary study, awarded for the manuscript of Phenomenal Reading: Essays in Modern and Contemporary Poetics. 2010.
EXTERNAL GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS:
Fulbright Scholar, Federal Republic of Germany. 2009.
Rhodes Scholar, Magdalen College, Oxford University. 1992-94.
INTERNAL GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS:
Univ. of Washington Royalty Research Scholar. 2002-03 and 2012-13.
Principal Investigator, “Affect and Audience in the Digital Age,” Colloquia and Conference Grant ($6,000, Simpson Center for the Humanities). 2013.
Society of Scholars, Simpson Center for the Humanities. 2005-06.
Phenomenal Reading: Essays in Modern and Contemporary Poetics. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2012.
Hart Crane: After His Lights. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2006. Reviewed in American Literature, Bookforum, Foreign Literature Studies [Waiguo Wenxue Yanjiu], Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Modern Language Quarterly, and Rocky Mountain Review.
Situating El Lissitzky: Vitebsk, Berlin, Moscow. Co-edited with Nancy Perloff. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2003. Reviewed in Art Book, Ballast Quarterly Review, Leonardo Digital Reviews, and Slavic Review.
“Becoming Marjorie Perloff.” Jacket2. Kelly Writers House, 8 Nov. 2012. Web.
“In Other Words: Postmillennial Poetry and Redirected Language.” Contemporary Literature 52.4 (Winter 2011): 756-90.
“Lisa Robertson, Ezra Pound, and Preposterous Classicism.” Open Letter 14.5 (Spring 2011): 42-52.
“Mechanical Form and Twenty-First Century American Poetry.” With Ping Guo. Foreign Literature Studies. 32.2 (Apr. 2010): 10-25.
“Hard Going: Resisting the Fantasy of Distance’s Irrelevance.” Hyperrhiz no.7 (Spring 2010). Web.
“Hand in Hand: Jasper Johns and Hart Crane.” Modernism/modernity 17.1 (Jan. 2010): 21-45.
“Reginald Shepherd at Hart Crane’s Grave.” Callaloo 32.4 (Fall 2009): 1274-92.
“Grammar Trouble.” Boundary 2 36.3 (Fall 2009): 133-58.
“On the Style and Philosophy of Robert Frost’s ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay.’” With Ping Guo. Foreign Literature Studies 30.4 (Fall 2008): 112-19.
“Modernist Ohio: Hart Crane and the Challenge of Akron.” Hiram Poetry Review no. 69 (Spring 2008): 47-62.
“Now Not Now: Gertrude Stein Speaks.” English Studies in Canada 33.4 (Dec. 2007): 103-13.
“The Dark Room Collective and Post-Soul Poetics.” African American Review 41.4 (Winter 2007): 727-47.
“‘Lost Already Walking’: Caroline Bergvall’s ‘Via.’” Jacket no.34 (Oct. 2007). Web.
“The Time Has Come to Talk of Queens: John Ashbery’s ‘Coma Berenices.’” The Seattle Review 1.1 (Summer 2007): 159-77.
“Carry on England: Tom Raworth’s ‘West Wind,’ Intuition, and Neo-Avant-Garde Poetics.” Contemporary Literature 47.2 (Sum. 2006): 170-206.
“Locating Zaum: Mnatsakanova on Khlebnikov.” Jacket no. 27 (Apr. 2005). Web.
“Carl Sandburg’s The People, Yes, Thirties Modernism, and the Problem of Bad Political Poetry.” Texas Studies in Language and Literature 46.2 (Summer 2004): 181-212.
“‘Eden or Ebb of the Sea’: Susan Howe’s Word Squares and Postlinear Poetics.” Postmodern Culture 14.2 (Jan. 2004). Web.
“Hart Crane’s Aberrant English.” Lingua Humanitatis (June 2003): 167- 92.
“‘Splice of Life’: Rosmarie Waldrop Renews Collage.” How2 no. 8 (Fall 2002). Web.
“The Baseness of Robert Grenier’s Visual Poetics.” Verdure no.3-4 (Winter-Spring 2001): 67-70.
“Hart Crane’s Victrola.” Modernism/modernity 7.1 (Jan. 2000): 99-125.
“Ezra Pound’s Utopia of the Eye: The Chinese Characters in the Rock-Drill Cantos.” Paideuma 26 (Fall-Winter 1997): 111-21.
“Land’s End and Periscope (Hart Crane).” Jasper Johns: Seeing with the Mind’s Eye. San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2012. 94-98.
“Robert Duncan and Gertrude Stein from Writing Writing to Ground Work II.” (Re:)Working the Ground: Essays on the Late Writings of Robert Duncan, ed. James Maynard. New York: Palgrave, 2011. 169-92.
“‘Footprints of a Wild Ballet’: The Poem-Paintings of Frank O’Hara and Norman Bluhm.” Frank O’Hara Now: New Essays on the New York Poet, ed. Robert Hampson and Will Montgomery. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2010. 211-28.
“Visual Experiment and Oral Performance.” The Poetry of Sound/The Sound of Poetry, ed. Marjorie Perloff and Craig Dworkin. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. 270-84.
“Tom Raworth Between Two Avant-Gardes: The British Poetry Revival and the New American Poetry.” Another Language: Poetic Experiment in Britain and North America, ed. Kornelia Freitag and Katharina Vester. Berlin: LIT-Verlag, 2008. 161-71.
Contributions to Reference Works:
“Poetics, Western.” Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th ed., ed. Roland Greene et al. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012. 1058-64.
“Twentieth-century Poetry and the New York Art World.” A Concise Companion to Twentieth-century American Poetry, ed. Stephen Fredman. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005. 113-34.
Entries for “Imaginary Letters,” “Patria Mia,” “Pavannes and Divisions,” “Poems 1918-1921,” and “Profile.” Ezra Pound Encyclopedia, ed. Demetres Tryphonopoulos and Stephen J. Adams. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2005.
“Brian Reed’s Blog.” Arcade. Stanford University. 2009-present. Web.
“The Gardens of Krakow.” The Official Catalog of the Library of Potential Literature. Eds. Ben Segal and Erinrose Mager. New York: Cow Heavy Books, 2011. 19.
“Reflection on George Sterling’s ‘The Black Vulture.’” Episode Nine of Reflections West. Montana National Public Radio. 16 Nov. 2010.
“A Reader’s Guide to Hart Crane’s ‘Voyages.’” Poetry Foundation. Sept. 2007. Web.
“Queer I-Love-You’s.” Poetry Foundation. February 2007. Web.
“Stein Times Nine” [e-poem]. Cauldron and Net no. 4 (Fall 2002).
“One Ireland, Plus At Least Six Great Britains.” Rev. of Taller When Prone by Les Murray and Activist Poetics: Anarchy in the Avon Valley by John Kinsella. Los Angeles Review of Books 22 Feb. 2012. Web.
Rev. of Imagining Deliberative Democracy in the Early American Republic by Sandra M. Gustafson. Review 19. February 2012. Web.
Rev. of Greensward by Cole Swensen. Chicago Review 56.2-3 (Fall 2011): 209-13.
“Textbook Uncreative Writing.” Rev. of Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing, eds. Kenneth Goldsmith and Craig Dworkin. American Book Review 32.4 (May-June 2011): 5-6.
Rev. of A Change in the Weather by Geoffrey Jacques, Rhythm and Race in Modernist Poetry and Science by Michael Golston, and The Shadow and the Act by Walton M. Muyumba. American Literature 83.1 (March 2011): 208-10.
“Let’s Hear It for the Boys.” Rev. of Laureates and Heretics: Six American Poets by Robert Archambeau. Contemporary Literature 51.3 (Fall 2010): 629-35.
Rev. of Language and the Renewal of Society in Walt Whitman, Laura (Riding) Jackson, and Charles Olson: The American Cratylus by Carla Billitteri. Review 19. Sept. 2009. Web.
Rev. of Beyond Maximus by Anne Day Dewey, A Vocabulary of Thinking by Deborah Mix, Women, the New York School, and Other Abstractions by Maggie Nelson, and John Ashbery and You by John Emil Vincent. American Literature 80.3 (Sept. 2008): 617-20.
Rev. of Rita Dove’s Cosmopolitanism by Malin Pereira. African American Review 41.3 (Fall 2007): 590-92.
“She Follows Them How Else? By Flying.” Rev. of A History of Twentieth-Century British Women’s Poetry by Jane Dowson and Alice Entwistle. Contemporary Literature 48.3 (Fall 2007): 460-67.
Rev. of Distant Reading: Performance, Readership, and Consumption in Contemporary Poetry by Peter Middleton. Modern Language Quarterly 68.4 (Dec. 2007): 586-89.
Rev. of The Geometry of Modernism: The Vorticist Idiom in Lewis, Pound, H.D., and Yeats by Miranda B. Hickman. Modernism/modernity 14.2 (Apr. 2007): 365-67.
Rev. of Ugly Feelings by Sianne Ngai, Integral Music by Aldon Lynn Nielsen, A Poetics of Impasse by Susan Schulz, and Expressionism and Modernism in American Theatre by Jane Walker. American Literature 79.1 (March 2007): 216-19.
Rev. of Poetry After Auschwitz: Remembering What One Never Knew by Susan Gubar. Modern Language Quarterly 67.3 (Sept. 2006): 411-16.
“When All the Pieces Fail to Fit: The Puzzle of the Postmodern Long Poem.” Rev. of The Obligation toward the Difficult Whole: Postmodernist Long Poems by Brian McHale. Contemporary Literature 46.2 (Summer 2005): 340-45.
Rev. of Modern Enchantments: The Cultural Power of Secular Magic by Simon During. Modern Language Quarterly 65.4 (Dec. 2004): 605-08.
Rev. of Death’s Jest Book by Thomas Lovell Beddoes. 2003 ed. of 1850 MS. Ed. Alan Halsey. The Gig no. 17 (Oct. 2004): 55-56.
Rev. of Literary Modernism and Musical Aesthetics: Pater, Pound, Joyce, and Stein by Brad Bucknell. English Studies in Canada 30.3 (Sept. 2004): 192-96.
Rev. of Untwisting the Serpent: Modernism in Literature, Music, and Other Arts by Daniel Albright. Modern Language Quarterly 63.1 (March 2002): 130-33.
“Let Sounds Be Themselves.” Rev. of Wireless Imagination, eds. Douglas Kahn and Gregory Whitehead, and Sound States: Innovative Poetics and Acoustical Technologies, ed. Adalaide Morris. Stanford Humanities Review 7 (Summer 1999): 158-62.
Nobody’s Business: Twenty-First Century Avant-Garde Poetics (Ithaca: Cornell University Press). Forthcoming in August 2013.
Modern American Poetry: Points of Access (Heidelberg: Winter), co-edited with Kornelia Freitag. Forthcoming in 2013.
“Commuting the Sentence: Rosmarie Waldrop and L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E.” Forthcoming in American Women Poets of the 21st Century, vol. 3, ed. Lisa Sewell (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan UP).
“Confessional Poetry: Staging the Self” Forthcoming in Modern American Poetry: Points of Access, ed. Kornelia Freitag and Brian M. Reed (Heidelberg: Winter, 2013).
Contributions to Reference Works:
“The New York School.” Forthcoming in The Cambridge History of American Poetry, vol. 2., eds. Alfred Bendixen and Stephen Burt.
“Chances of Rhyme.” Rev. of A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature by Jacob Edmond. Forthcoming in Contemporary Literature.
WORKS IN PROGRESS:
A Mine of Intersections: Writing the History of Contemporary American Poetry. Contract signed with the University of New Mexico Press.
Conferences, Lectures, Readings:
“Bad Movies and Conceptual Poetry: Beyond the High/Low Divide.” SW/TX PCA/ACA annual conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Feb. 2013.
“Now That’s Poetry: The Case of Vito Acconci’s “MOVE, REMOVAL (LINE OF EVIDENCE).” “Canonical Forms in Evolution” conference, Univ. of California San Diego, Feb. 2013.
“‘Some Old Dream of Kingship’: Christopher Brennan’s Poems 1913 and the Place of Modernism.” Modernist Studies Association (MSA) annual conference, Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 2012.
“The Wildcard Bard.” Reading to benefit Caregifted, Hugo House, Seattle, Oct. 2012.
“The Beginningend of Poetry: The Case of Stanisław Dróżdż.” “Convergence on Poetics,” University of Washington, Bothell, Sept. 2012.
“Less is More: Contemporary Poems Composed Through Deletion.” Invited lecture. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, July 2012.
“Personalizing the Alphabet: The New York School and the New Australian Poetry.” Keynote. “Memory, the United States, and Transnational Poetics” conference, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, June 2012.
Headliner. Castalia Reading Series, Hugo House, Seattle, WA, May 2012.
“Thinking Through the International Reception of the New York School of Poetry.” Keynote. “Poetry Communities and Individual Talent” conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, April 2012.
“Intermediation and Self-Fashioning in Charles Bernstein’s #4 a portrait of one being in family living.” Modern Language Association (MLA) annual conference, Seattle, WA, Jan. 2011.
“In Other Words: Contemporary Poetry and the Art of Redirected Language.” Pierce Butler Chair Lecture, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, Nov. 2011.
“Where the Bones Fall: Agha Shahid Ali and Hart Crane.” Modernist Studies Association (MSA) annual conference, Victoria, BC, Nov. 2010.
“One Sunday in Cleveland: Isadora Duncan and Hart Crane.” Modernist Studies Association (MSA) annual conference, Montreal, QU, Nov. 2009.
“‘OMG I Like Totally Love Brooke’: Flarf Poetics and Vernacular English in the Digital Age.” Universität Paderborn, Germany, July 2009.
“Twenty-First Century American Poetry: An Overview.” Universität Rostock, Germany, May 2009.
“Chant and Native American Poetics from Washington Matthews to Sherman Alexie.” Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, May 2009.
“American Poetry Since 9/11: The Case of Flarf.” Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany, Apr. 2009.
“Freeing Russian Verse: Poetry and the Book-as-Such from Futurism to Neo-Futurism.” Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 2009.
“Mikhail Kuzmin’s ‘First Blow’: Anti-Soviet Self-Fashioning in Forel’ razbivaet led.” Modernist Studies Association (MSA) annual conference, Nashville, TN, Nov. 2008.
“The State of Poetry Today?” “Conceptual Poetry and Its Others” symposium. The University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson, AZ, May 2008.
“Visual Rhetoric in Hughes’s Ask Your Mama.” American Literature Association (ALA) annual conference, San Francisco, May 2008.
“Crossing the Page: Gennady Aigi’s Free Verse.” Modernist Studies Association (MSA) annual conference, Long Beach, CA, Nov. 2007.
“Looking at Verse.” “Visible Language” panel. University of Washington, Bothell, May 2007.
“Workshop on Russian Avant-Garde Book Art.” Participant. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA, April 2007.
“Porphyro in Akron: Hart Crane’s Ohio Years.” Invited lecture. Hiram College, Ohio, March 2007.
“Hart Crane’s Compositional Process.” Invited lecture. Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Jan. 2007.
“Oral Performance and Visual Experiment.” Modern Language Association (MLA) annual convention, Philadelphia, PA, Dec. 2006.
“Frank McCourt’s Trilogy.” Public lecture preceding McCourt’s talk in Seattle Arts and Lectures series, Nov. 2006.
“Hart Crane’s ‘Repose of Rivers’ and the Irrelevance of Melville.” “Reckoning with Hart Crane” event. Humanities Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, NY, Oct. 2006.
“Elizbeth Bishop’s Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments.” A roundtable with Alice Quinn and Linda Bierds. Seattle, WA, Apr. 2006.
“Still Stein: Robert Duncan’s ‘Turbine, Veil, Cord & Bird’.” “(Re:)Working the Ground” conference. SUNY-Buffalo, NY, Apr. 2006.
“Constructivist Davenport.” Modern Language Association (MLA) annual convention, Washington, DC, Dec. 2005.
“I’ve Been Thinking a Lot about Sestinas.” American Literature Association (ALA) conference “Poetic Form,” San Diego, CA, Oct. 2005.
“Tom Raworth Between Two Avant-Gardes: The New American Poetry and the British Poetry Revival.” “Another Language” conference, Ruhr-Bochum Universität, Germany, July 2005.
“Locating Zaum: Mnatsakanova on Khlebnikov.” Modernist Studies Association (MSA) annual conference, Vancouver, Canada, Oct. 2004.
“The Word as Such Revisited: Elizaveta Mnatsakanova’s Poetry in an International Context.” Invited lecture, Harvard U. Slavic Dept., Oct. 2004.
“Professor Roethke.” “Poetry of the 1940s” conference, U. of Maine, Orono, June 2004.
“Who Is Billy Collins?” Public lecture preceding Collins’s talk in Seattle Arts and Lectures series, Jan. 2004.
“‘Ubi Amor Ibi Oculus’: From Pound’s Ideograms to Cobbing’s Soundsignals.” Modern Language Association (MLA) annual convention, San Diego, CA, Dec. 2003.
“Preposterous Classicism from Ezra Pound to Lisa Robertson.” Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, U. of Louisville, KY, Feb. 2003.
“Assemblage and the Return of Narrative: Jasper Johns’s Passage.” Modernist Studies Association (MSA) annual conference, Madison, WI, Oct. 2002.
“What Susan Howe Saw in Agnes Martin.” Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, U. of Louisville, KY, Feb. 2002.
“Collage in / and Sound, or, Listening to Joseph Beuys’s Ocean-symphony, 1964.” Modernist Studies Association (MSA) annual conference, Houston, TX, Oct. 2001.
“James Merrill, Courtier Poet: A Response to J.D. McClatchy and Stephen Yenser.” Counterbalance Poetry Series, Seattle, WA, Aug. 2001.
“A Spectacle of Failure: Thomas Lovell Beddoes’s Death’s Jest-Book.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) annual conference, U. of Washington, Seattle, Aug. 2001.
“Performing American Studies in the Classroom: A Roundtable Discussion.” American Studies Conference, U. of Washington, Seattle, Apr. 2001.
“Broken Baroque: On John Ashbery, AIDS, and a Double Sestina.” American Studies Colloquium, U. of Washington, Seattle, Feb. 2001.
“‘Disastrous to Civilization’: Hart Crane and Yvor Winters Revisited.” Yvor Winters Centenary conference, Stanford U., Palo Alto, CA, Nov. 2000.
“On Beyond Language Poetry: From Ron Silliman to C.D. Wright.” Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, U. of Louisville, KY, Feb. 2000.
“Some Reflections on SGML, Visual Poetics, and Ezra Pound’s Cantos.” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) annual conference, Montréal, Canada, Apr. 1999.
“A Son Rebels: George Oppen’s Discrete Series as a Response to Williams and Pound.” Modern Language Association (MLA) annual convention, San Francisco, CA, Dec. 1998.
“‘His Appetite Is Not Experimental’: Robert Duncan and Gertrude Stein.” American Literature Association conference, San Diego, CA, May 1998.
“Steve McCaffery’s Cheat of Words and Nostalgia for the Lyrical.” “Nostalgia” conference, Stanford U. Art Dept., Palo Alto, CA, Oct. 1997.
“John Ashbery’s ‘Litany’ and the American Academy’s Resistance to Visual Poetry.” “Eye-Rhymes” conference, U. of Alberta, Edmonton, June 1997.
“Ezra Pound’s Utopia of the Eye: The Chinese Characters in Rock-Drill.” “American Poetry of the 50s” conference, U. of Maine, Orono, June 1996.
Service to the Profession:
Editorial Board of Profession. Appointed by the MLA Executive Committee for 2013-14.
Editorial Board of Modern Language Quarterly. 2006-present.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) panelist, Humanities Collections and Reference Resources, Division of Preservation and Access. 2010 and 2012.
Editorial Board of American Literature. 2009-11.
Book Review Editor (Poetry) for Contemporary Literature. 2008-11.
Service to the University of Washington:
Chair, English Dept. Executive Committee. 2012-present.
English Dept. Executive Committee. 2003-05 and 2012-present.
Selection Board, Digital Humanities Commons, Simpson Center for the Humanities. 2013-present.
Dept. of Comparative Literature Ten-Year Review Committee. 2012-13.
UW Teaching and Learning Technology Oversight Committee. Helping to evaluate eTextbook models, lecture-capture technology, and learning management systems. 2011-present.
Director of Graduate Studies, English Dept. 2009-12.
Program Director, UW Honors Oxford Summer Abroad. 2011.
Executive Board of the Simpson Center for the Humanities. 2008-11.
Undergraduate Scholarship Office. Vetted applications and conducted both mock interviews and interview preparation sessions for university-level Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell Scholar candidates. Fall 2000-10.
UW Faculty Senate. 2008-10.
English Dept. Graduate Studies Committee. 2008-09.
Selection Committee for the UW Royalty Research Fund. 2006-08.
UW Digital Humanities Task Force. 2007-08.
English Dept. Placement Committee. 2001-03 and 2007-08.
Selection Committee for the Roethke Memorial Poetry Reading. 2000-01, 2006-07, and 2007-08.
English Dept. Chair Search Committee. 2005-06.
Secretary of the English Dept. Executive Committee. 2003-04.
English Dept. Senior Search, Field Open. 2003-04.
English Dept. Junior Search in Romanticism. 2000-01.
TEACHING AND SERVICE AWARDS:
UW English Department Annual Teaching Award. 2008-09.
GRANTS RECEIVED IN EDUCATION AND CURRICULUM REFORM:
Instructor, Teachers as Scholars (two-weekend seminars for Seattle-area secondary school teachers), Simpson Center for the Humanities. 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006.
Danz Course Award, “Becoming Strangers: Travel, Trust, and the Everyday,” Simpson Center for the Humanities (along with Philip Thurtle, History). 2005.
Faculty, UW Summer Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Undergraduate Research Program (along with Ellen Garvens and Arianna Russell, Art, and Philip Thurtle, History). 2005.