PhD, Department of English, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
AB (cum laude), Committee on Degrees in History and Literature (American), Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Regents Diploma (highest honors), New York State Department of Education, Geneva City School District, Geneva, New York
research and teaching interests
American Literatures & Cultures (1800-present); Modern & Contemporary Poetries & Poetics; Film, Media, Performance, and Visual Studies;
Comparative, Multiethnic, and Transnational American Studies; Cultural Geography; Cultural Studies; Digital Humanities; Critical Theory; Critical University Studies
Places in the Making: A Cultural Geography of American Poetry. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2016.
"Stanley Kunitz's Cracked Vocation," Studies in American Jewish Literature 34.1 (Spring 2015): 134-153.
"Regarding the 'Idle Gleam' of W. S. Merwin's 'Low Fields and Light'," The Explicator 73.1 (March 2015): 51-54.
"Lorine Niedecker 'After the Bay of Pigs'," College Literature 41.2 (Spring 2014): 76-96.
"Olson as Educator," The Worcester Review 31.1-2 (2010): 58-69.
"Renunciations of Rhyme in Byron's Don Juan,"
SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 49.4 (Autumn 2009): 841-862.
"The Keeping of Ray A. Young Bear,"
Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture 29.2-3 (Spring and Fall 2007): 282-302.
"Dutchman in the Round," forthcoming in Approaches to Teaching Amiri Baraka's Dutchman,
ed. Gerald Early and Matthew Calihman (New York: Modern Language Association, 2016)
"Poetry: The 1950s to the Present," forthcoming in American Literary Scholarship 2014 (Durham: Duke UP, 2016)
"Poetry: The 1950s to the Present," American Literary Scholarship 2013 (Durham: Duke UP, 2015): 373-401.
"'Upsettin da Setuppa': Vincent Ferrini's Vernacular Poetics," Essays on Italian American
Literature and Culture, ed. Dennis Barone and Peter Covino (New York: Bordighera P,
"Putting Pablo Neruda's Alturas de Macchu Picchu In Its Places," in
Envisioning Landscapes, Making Worlds: Geography and the Humanities, ed. Douglas Richardson, Denis Cosgrove, Dydia DeLyser, and Jim Ketchum
(New York: Routledge, 2011): 143-154.
"The Old Curiosity Shop and the New Faculty Majority" (review essay on academic freedom and
university reform addressing works by Louis Menand, Cary Nelson, et al.), College
English 74.1 (September 2011): 69-84.
"How the University Unmakes" (review essay on academic labor addressing works by Marc
Bousquet, Christopher Newfield, et al.) the minnesota review ns 70 (Fall 2008): 185-194.
"Eyes on the University" (review essay on the university as an institution addressing works by
Derek Bok, Jacques Derrida, et al.) the minnesota review ns 67 (Fall 2006): 143-52.
reference entries and shorter reviews
Entries on "Cadence"; "Dimeter"; "Onomatopoeia"; "Syllable," in The Princeton Encyclopedia of
Poetry and Poetics, ed. Roland Greene and Stephen Cushman. 4th ed. (Princeton:
Princeton UP, 2012): 173-4; 367; 974-5; 1390-1.
Entries on "Peter Blue Cloud/Aroniawenrate"; "nila northSun"; "James Wright," in Twentieth-Century American Nature Writers: Poetry. Dictionary of Literary Biography.
Ed. Roger Thompson and J. Scott Bryson (Detroit: Gale/Thompson, 2008): 31-5; 260-4; 346-52.
Entry on "David Berman," in Encyclopedia Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia Foundation
for the Humanities, 2008).
"Letter on Venice"; "The Thinking Man's Guide to The Pervert's Guide to Cinema" (on Slavoj Zizek); "Ecosophy from T to X" (on Arne Naess); "Leaving the Rothko Chapel" (on Mark Rothko), n+1 (April 2011; November 2007; April 2006; August 2005).
Entries on "Bill Berkson"; "Tom Clark"; "Four Quartets," in The Facts on File Companion to Twentieth-Century American Poetry. Ed. Burt Kimmelman.
(New York: Facts on File, 2005): 37-8; 92-3; 170-1.
Rev. of Rising Up and Rising Down, by William T. Vollmann, Meridian 13 (2004): 154-7.
Rev. of The Poetry of Pablo Neruda, Ed. Ilan Stavans, Meridian 12 (2003): 127-8.
Rev. of Sun Out: Selected Poems 1952-1954 and A Possible World, by Kenneth Koch, Meridian 11 (2003): 130-2.
Rev. of Political Fictions, by Joan Didion, The Hartford Courant (2001 September 23): G3.
Rev. of Brink Road, by A.R. Ammons, The Harvard Advocate 132.2 (1997): 3-4.
data sets and digital humanities initiatives
Nine Poets Walk Into an Institute of Technology. Collection Curator, Mellon Participatory Cataloging Project, WGBH Media Library and Archives, Boston, Massachusetts, 2013
A Gazetteer to The Cantos of Ezra Pound. Beta prototype with ~800 place marks. 2010-
Twitter Response Pedagogy. Learning about authors, genres, and texts via their readers and tweeters. 2010-
Olsoniana. Resources for the study of Charles Olson, including a bibliography and an archive of materials. 2009-
A Gazetteer to The Maximus Poems of Charles Olson. Beta prototype with ~400 place marks. 2007-
The Ideological Spaces of the Academical Village: A Reading of the Central Grounds at the University of Virginia. A Hypermedia Essay on the Architectural History of U.Va. 2004.
"Nunzio," VIA: Voices in Italian Americana 24.1-2 (2013): 83-4
Brassica: A Song Cycle on Genetic Engineering. For soprano, clarinet, bass guitar, piano, violin, violincello, and contrabass. Texts by Jim Cocola. Score and setting by Alexander Elliott Miller. Vocals by Tony Arnold. 20 minutes.
Premiered at Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California, and Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, California, February 2013. Additional Performance at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, November 2015.
"With Peas." Polis 3 (Summer 2011): 24.
public lectures and invited papers
"Quota Affects: Italian American Artists and Writers at Mid-Century," invited paper, Seventeenth Annual Modernist Studies Association, Boston, Massachusetts, November 2015
"A New Nation Votes (NNV) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Mapping Electoral Politics in the United States of America, 1789-1825," invited presentation, The Digital Antiquarian, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, May 2015
"Some Things Williams Forgot," invited paper, The 130th Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Vancouver, British Columbia, January 2015
"In Venanzio's Vernacular," public lecture, The Vincent Ferrini Centenary, Gloucester Writers Center, Gloucester, Massachusetts, June 2013
"If It's Real Broke, Why Fix It: Bruce Andrews and Experimental Poetics," invited paper, Bruce Andrews: A Symposium and Reading. Fordham University, New York, New York, December 2012
"Book Presentation: Essays on Italian American Literature and Culture," invited panelist, Italian American Studies Association, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, December 2012
"Stanley Kunitz's Cracked Vocation," invited paper, Twenty-Second Annual Conference of the American Literature Association, Boston, Massachusetts, May 2011
"'Making a Mappemunde': Cartographical Tools for Understanding Ezra Pound's Cantos and Charles Olson's Maximus Poems," invited paper, Association of American Geographers,
Seattle, Washington, April 2011
"Gay Talese's Temporalities," invited paper,
Creoles, Diasporas, Cosmopolitanisms: The Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2010
"Olson as Educator," invited paper, The Charles Olson Centenary, Worcester, Massachusetts, March 2010
"Jeffers in New Mexico: Modernism, Poetry, Place," public lecture, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 2009
"Below: Myung Mi Kim, A Typical Korean American Poet of Place," invited paper, Kundiman Asian American Poetry Retreat,
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, June 2007
other conference presentations
"States of the Books from Guantanamo," States of the Book Conference, United States Military Academy, September 2016
"Everybody Else's Italians," American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 2016
"Lydia Davis and the Uses of Microfiction," Twenty-Sixth Annual Conference of the American Literature Association, Boston, Massachusetts, May 2015
"A Note on the Frontispiece to the Second Edition of William Apess's Eulogy on King Philip (1837)" (co-presented with Daniel Boudreau), New England American Studies Association, Bristol, Rhode Island, October 2014
"Nine Poets Walk Into an Institute of Technology," 35th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 2014
"Big-Tent Self-Fashioning: Syrian Americans on the Circuit Chautauqua," The 129th Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, January 2014
Digital Mapping and the Long Poem in the Twilight of Print Culture," Digitize This:
Exploring/Exploiting the Rise of Digital Arts & Digital Humanities, Worcester
Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts, November 2012
"Notes on Guamerican Studies," Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin, July 2012
"'Calling Myself Olive': Italian Americans as Mediterranean Americans," Re-configuring White
Ethnicity: Expressivity, Identity, Race, John
D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, CUNY, April 2012
"Kenneth Goldsmith's Uncreative Mandate," Mimesis Now, University of Rochester, Rochester,
New York, April 2012
"Untoward Oceanic Poetry," Collapse/Catastrophe/Change: Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Brown University,
Providence, Rhode Island, March 2012
"Lorine Niedecker 'after / the Bay of Pigs,'" The 127th Modern Language Association Annual
Convention, Seattle, Washington, January 2012
"Elia Kazan's Arrangements," The 127th Modern Language Association Annual Convention,
Seattle, Washington, January 2012
"A Northern Southern Italian of the Eastern Western United States: A Topographical Analysis of
John Fante's Fiction." Terre Promesse: Excursions Towards Italian Topographies, John
D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, CUNY, April 2010
"'Upsettin da Setuppa': Vincent Ferrini's Dialect Poetry." Session Organized by the Italian American Literature Discussion Group at the
125th Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 2009
"Kamau Brathwaite and the Roots of Caribbean Relation." Complicating the Compass:
Displacing Directionality in American Studies, U. of Colorado, Boulder, September 2008
"Should the Meskwaki Speak? or, Ray A. Young Bear's Environmental Ethics." Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 2008
"The Moderations of William Carlos Williams's Paterson."
Geographies of Visual and Literary Culture: Ninth Annual Modernist Studies Association Conference.
U. of Southern California and California State U. Long Beach, Long Beach, California, November 2007
"Putting Pablo Neruda's Alturas de Macchu Picchu In Its Places."
Geography and the Humanities Symposium,
Association of American Geographers, American Council of Learned Societies,
and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, June 2007
"Borders Remade as Arteries: The Place of the River in Chicano and Québécois Poetry."
International Conference on Rivers and Civilization: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Major River Systems.
University of Wisconsin La Crosse. La Crosse, Wisconsin, June 2006
"Networks of Affiliation and Dematerialization in Recent Korean American Poetry."
Fifth Annual American Cultures Conference,
The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, March 2006
"If It's Real Broke, Why Fix It: Bruce Andrews and Experimental Poetry." Seminar on "Experimental Poetics: 1580 to the Present,"
Eleventh Meeting of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers,
Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 2005
"Robinson Jeffers As Poet of Dislocation."
Being in the World, Living with the Land:
The Sixth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment,
University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, June 2005
"What's New Is Old Again: Embodying Rhetoric in the Digital Age."
Computers and Writing 2005: New Writing and Computer Technologies,
Stanford University, Stanford, California, June 2005
"Lucinda Pendleton Morgan Harris Smith and the Masonic-Mormon Nexus."
Researching New York: Perspectives on Empire State History,
State University of New York at Albany, Albany, New York, November 2003
"Shallow Water in the Poetry of Robert Frost and A.R. Ammons."
Fourteenth Annual Conference of the American Literature Association,
Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 2003
as session chair, discussant, organizer
"Cross-Racial Ventriloquism: Performance, Poetics, Rhetoric," seminar co-organized with Marina Bilbija, Harvard University, American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 2016
"Remaking Place," seminar co-organized with Jennifer Chang, George Washington University, featuring invited participants Stephen Burt, Harvard University, and Lytle Shaw, New York University, Seventeenth Annual Modernist Studies Association, Boston, Massachusetts, November 2015
"Diasporic Others: Italian Canadian Literature in Context," panel organizer and chair, The 130th Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Vancouver, BC, January 2015
"Comparative Mediterranean American Literatures," panel organizer, The 129th Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Chicago Illinois, January 2014
"My Place or Yours: The Geographies of Italian American Literature," panel chair, The 129th Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Chicago Illinois, January 2014
"Digital Databases," panel chair, Digitize This: Exploring/Exploiting the Rise of Digital Arts & Digital Humanities, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts, November 2012
"You are Here: The Cartographic Turn in Literary Studies," invited discussant, Association of American Geographers, New York, New York, February 2012
"Using Geography's Toolkit: New Directions in Humanities Scholarship," invited panel chair, Association of American Geographers, Seattle, Washington, April 2011
Clemente Course in the Humanities, Worcester, Massachusetts
Poetry. Attention to forms, techniques, and traditions of poetry, from Sappho through Petrarch to Shakespeare, Blake, and American poets including Worcester poets such as Elizabeth Bishop, Charles Olson, Stanley Kunitz, Etheridge Knight, and Cheryl Savageau.
Department of Humanities & Arts,
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts
Advanced Creative Writing. Seminar keyed to contemporary modes of writing, project work. 2014 Fall.
American Drama. Selected works of drama from the eighteenth century to the present. 2010 Fall.
American Literature: Modernism to the Present. Selected works from 1914 to the present. 2016 Spring, 2014 Spring, 2012 Spring.
American Studies. Seminar focusing on keywords, materials, and methods in American Studies. 2016 Spring, 2013 Fall, 2011 Fall.
Composers and Librettists. Seminar on the musical setting of literary works. Co-taught with Scott Barton. 2015 Spring.
Creative Writing. Presentation and discussion of original work in fiction, poetry, sui generis forms. 2013 Spring, 2011 Spring, 2010 Spring, 2009 Fall.
Experimental Literature, Film, Media. Seminar with focus on the theory and practice of experimentalism in literature and the arts. 2012 Spring.
Film Studies. Survey of film genres, theories, and traditions. 2014 Spring. 2012 Spring.
The Graphic Narrative. Seminar focusing on comics, graphic novels, and other forms of sequential art. 2014 Spring.
Introduction to Literature. Survey of critical perspectives and major forms and genres of literary expression. 2014 Fall, 2012 Fall, 2009 Fall.
Literature and the Environment. Survey of imaginative works keyed to planetary concerns. 2015 Spring, 2012 Fall.
Literature, Film, Place. Seminar focusing on works that highlight "the sense of place," connections between local, regional, national, and planetary frames. 2012 Spring, 2010 Fall.
Modern American Novel. Selected works of fiction which appeared after World War I. 2010 Spring.
Modern American Poetry. Selected works of poetry from Whitman and Dickinson to the present. 2013 Spring, 2011 Spring.
Science Fiction Film. Seminar with coverage from early silent shorts to recent digital shorts. 2013 Spring.
Textual Engineering. Seminar with focus on archival materials including manuscripts, rare books, and other holdings in local, regional, and digital repositories. 2013 Fall, 2012 Fall, 2011 Spring, 2010 Spring.
Faculty, Language and Thinking Program, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Intensive three-week liberal arts seminar for matriculating students. 2011 Summer, 2010 Summer.
Department of English, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Contemporary American Poetry.
Self-designed English Department lecture course for majors covering stylistic and thematic trends from Olson and Bishop to the present moment. 2008 Spring.
From Stage to Screen. Self-designed English Department seminar: drama and film survey with attention to stage-screen adaptations, material culture, media studies, and performance theory incl. plays by
Mamet &c. and films by
Department of English, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
The U.S.A. Through Other Eyes. Self-designed English Department seminar for prospective majors: literature and culture survey with emphases on autobiography, cultural criticism, performance art and travel literature incl.
et al. 2007 Spring.
Special Collections. Self-designed English Department seminar for non-majors: multi-genre American literature survey including
Irving, Whitman, Crane, Frost, Dos Passos, Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, et al.,
organized via holdings of the Small Special Collections Library, attention to holograph manuscripts and rare editions in the Clifton Waller Barrett Library. 2005 Fall.
Being Convincing. Self-designed Writing Program seminar for first-years: attention to five canons of classical rhetoric with emphasis on invention and delivery; focus on multimedia materials; instruction in composition relating to the academic essay, digital semiotics and public speaking. 2005 Fall ; 2005 Spring.
History of Literature in English III. English Department survey for majors: teaching assistant; section leader for weekly discussions; third in a series covering history of English Literature; focus on Anglophone 20th c., incl.
et al. 2003 Fall.
Media Studies Department, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Introduction to Digital Media Studies. Introductory Media Studies survey: teaching assistant; course lectures on "digital selves," the user-generated internet, and ecology and digital media; weekly discussions and web design labs; attention to cultural, economic and social significances of IT, instruction in HTML and CSS. 2007 Fall; 2006 Fall; 2004 Fall.
Collage and New Media. Self-designed Media Studies seminar for third and fourth-year majors: attention to IT and experimentation in filmic, literary, musical, performing and visual arts; focus on aesthetic and political implications of collage techniques as practiced in digital environments; syllabus via collective web authorship; creative emphasis for final projects. 2004 Spring.
secondary teaching experience
History Instructor, York School, Monterey, California
Humanities Dean, The American School of Tangier, Tangier, Morocco
Stowe/Harvard Fellow, Stowe School, Buckingham, England
Coordinator, Worcester County Poetry Association College Poetry Contest, Worcester Massachusetts
Member, Executive Board, Worcester County Poetry Association, Worcester, Massachusetts
Member, Honorary Degree Committee, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Co-Organizer, WPI Film Series, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Chair, Executive Committee, Italian American Literature Discussion Group, Modern Language Association
Workshop Facilitator, Stanley Kunitz Boyhood Home Summer Writing Series, Worcester, Massachusetts
Member, Sesquicentennial History Committee, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Member, Film Committee, Worcester Public Library, Worcester, Massachusetts
Co-Coordinator, Poets in the Galleries, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester County Poetry Association, and Worcester State University Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, Worcester, Massachusetts
Member, Selection Committee, Board of Trustee's Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Coordinating Adviser, The Big Read: Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, National Endowment for the Arts and Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Co-convener, Creative Writing Working Group, Cultural Geography Working Group, Film Studies Working Group, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Co-organizer, Digitize This: Exploring/Exploiting the Rise of Digital Arts & Digital Humanities, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Member, K-16 English Language Arts Discussion Group, Colleges of Worcester Consortium
Member, Board of Advisors, Stanley Kunitz Society, American Literature Association
Member, Curriculum Advisory Committee, Exploration Summer Programs
Member, Class of 1879 Prize Committee, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Member, Executive Committee, Italian American Literature Discussion Group, Modern Language Association
Co-Advisor, Venice (Italy) Project Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Workshop Designer, The Places Poems Make: A Professional Development Workshop Series, Worcester County Poetry Association and Worcester Public Schools, 2010
Member, Writing Committee, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Member, Education Development Council, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Departmental Representative, Virginia Council of Graduate Schools Research Forum
Pedagogy Mentor, Professional and Academic Writing Program, University of Virginia
Student Committee on Program Reform, English Department, University of Virginia
Undergraduate Admissions Interviewer, Schools Committee, Harvard College
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