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I Edit, Too

I’ve just joined the Editorial Board of the journal Contemporary Literature. That’s on top of two other recent appointments, to the Editorial Board of the Poetics Research Journal, run by John Tranter out of Sydney, and to the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Poetry and Poetics, a PRC-based publication associated with the Chinese/American Association for Poetry and Poetics.

Bluebirds Fly

I have a new essay up over at the online journal Amodern. It’s a special issue on the “poetry reading” as an object of literary analysis, and my piece is titled “Somewhere Bluebirds Fly: Jackson Mac Low Directs a Poetry Reading.”

Is You or Aint You

I have a short piece up over at Jacket2 titled “Is You or Ain’t You My Poetry?” which is part of their new feature “Quick Question.” Katie Price is asking why the word “poetry” is still being used nowadays to refer to texts, performances, and artifacts that don’t seem especially poetic; other respondents include Amy Catanzano and Bob Perelman.

Marjorie Perloff Converses

I’ll be participating tomorrow in the “Conversation with Marjorie Perloff” panel at the Pacific Modern and Ancient Language Association (PAMLA) annual conference in Riverside, California. It’s going to be in the Riverside Convention Center Room 4, 1:45-3:15pm. Come watch the conversational fireworks.


As of September 1st, I am now the Chair of the Department of English at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Off to Oz

In just a couple days I am leaving home to spend two months as a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at Australian National University in Canberra. I’ll be giving a public lecture at ANU on 11 August titled “Conceptual Writing: Poetry as Information Art”; I’ll also be giving talks at the University of Sydney (10 September) and at Melbourne University (TBD).

Summertime in Canada

This week (2-6 June) I’m at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria. I’m participating in the course “DH for Department Chairs and Deans.” Bring on the digitech!

Why Are They Round Not Square?

This weekend I’m at the American Literature Association annual conference in Washington, DC. I’m speaking as part of a roundtable on the modernist Hart Crane, then moderating a second roundtable on the poet. Tomorrow I’m on a roundtable about the new¬†Cambridge History of American Poetry, for which I wrote the chapter on the New York School.


I’m off to Portland for the annual conference of the American Association of Australasian Literary Studies (AAALS). On Saturday morning 4/26/14 I’ll be giving a paper titled “The Shine and the Shadow: John Tranter Re-Views John Ashbery” on a panel with John Beer and Kaplan Harris on the legacy of the “New Australian Poetry” of the 1960s and 1970s. You can find the conference program on the AAALS web site if you’re interested.

Elective Affinities

I’ve accepted an invitation to become an Affiliate Faculty Member in the UW Comparative History of Ideas program. (I’m still a professor in the English department. I just now have another baseball cap I can wear on occasion.)