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My dissertation, "Simple Marks: Moments of Punctuation in Twentieth-Century Poetry," theorizes the role of punctuation in modernist and contemporary poetry, tracing new relations between poetic language and graphic form occasioned by the rise of free verse. I argue that as poets move away from traditional metrical forms and toward free verse, punctuation becomes a superfluous material that can be manipulated and re-imagined by the poet, to reveal indeterminate and occluded dimensions of the text. Exploring work from modernists--Pound, Oppen, Niedecker, and Toomer--to postmodernists Olson, Ginsberg, Nathaniel Mackey, Amiri Baraka, and C.S. Giscombe, I uncover the role of language in the construction of race, gender, sexuality, time, and space. Basing each chapter on an individual punctuation mark-- the colon, dash, ellipsis, and parenthesis--I offer an alternative framework through which to read the concerns of twentieth-century poetry and poetics, uncovering the unique role punctuation plays in the poetic experiments of this period, and revealing that the use of punctuation always signals something stirring in the world of poetic form.
"'Round/ Shiny Fixed/ Alternatives': Tracing the Colon in Pound and Oppen" Modern Philology. Vol. 113, No. 2 (November 2015), pp. 267-293
Fellowships and Awards
Campus-wide Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, 2015
Summer Dissertation Fellowship, UCD Department of English, 2014
Davis Humanities Institute Dean's Summer Fellowship, 2013
Summer Dissertation Fellowship, UCD Department of English, 2013
Provost's Dissertation Year Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, UC Davis, 2012-2013
Summer Dissertation Fellowship, UCD Department of English, 2012
UC Davis & Humanities Graduate Research Award in English, 2012-2013
Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship, UCD Department of English, Winter 2012
Summer Dissertation Fellowship, UCD Department of English, 2011
Summer Language Study Fellowship, UCD Department of English, 2010 & 2009
Edward Rathbone Prize, Special Merit in English, University of Liverpool, 2002
Derby Undergraduate University Scholarship, University of Liverpool, 1999
Selected Conference Presentations
"Simple Marks: Moments of Punctuation in Twentieth-Century Poetry." American Comparative Literature Association. Washington University (March 26-29, 2015)
"Tracing George Oppen's Colons." Nuance. Society of Comparative Literature and Arts, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, (October 10-12, 2014)
"Lorine Niedecker & The Poetics of Erosion." 2013 Conference on Ecopoetics, University of California Berkeley (Feb 22, 2013)
"Round / Shiny Fixed / Alternatives": Trac(k)ing the Colon in Oppen & Pound. In Code: Scholar's Symposium. UC Davis (Nov 3, 2011)
"Essay Sequencing: An Effective Way to Cultivate Student Literacy" Writing Across the Curriculum Conference,
Sacramento State University (April 22, 2011)
"'Memory is Blue in the Head?' Lorine Niedecker & The Unrecognizable Objects of the Mind," Re-memory and
Disremembering: The Role of Memory in the American Construct, Irish Association of American Studies, UC Dublin, Ireland (Jan 29-30, 2011)
"Distance Avails Not: Ellipses of Time & Space in Whitman and Ginsberg." Whitman & The Beats, St. Francis
College, Brooklyn (Mar 26-28, 2010)
"Baldwin and the Beats" James Baldwin: In His Time, In Our Time, Suffolk University, Boston (Mar 19-22, 2009)
"Allen Ginsberg: Clothed in Nakedness." British Association of American Studies (BAAS) Leicester, UK, (19-22 April, 2007) and National Association for Humanities Education (NAHE), San Francisco (28 Feb-3 Mar, 2007)
Winter 2016: ENL 3: "Breaking Boundaries"
Fall 2015: ENL 10C ""Making and Breaking It: Innovation and Degradation in 20th & 21st Century Literature"
Spring 2015: ENL 3: "Crossing Borders"
Winter 2015: ENL 3 "Forms and Fictions"
Fall 2014: ENL 10C: "Making and Breaking It: Innovation and Degradation in 20th & 21st Century Literature"
Spring 2013: ENL 4: "Graphic Novelties: The Graphic Novel and the Visual Poem"
Winter 2013: ENL 3: "Forms and Fictions"
Fall 2009-Winter 2012: Instructor, University Writing Program, UC Davis.
UWP 1: Expository Writing
Spring 2010: Teaching Assistant, English, UC Davis
English 168: 20th Century American Poetry, Image & Object: 1912-1951
Fall 2008-Spring 2009: Teaching Assistant, English, UC Davis
English 161: Film History I & II: Origins to the Present (2 quarters).
English 46C: Masterpieces of English Literature, 1832-Present.
Fall 2005-Spring 2008, Instructor, San Francisco State University
English 106, Integrated Reading and Writing (3 semesters)
English 49, Effective College Reading (3 semesters)
English 214: Second-Year Written Composition (Introduction to Literature)
English 678: Academic Literacy and the Urban Adolescent (upper-division)
English 656: Reading Theory and Methods (upper-division, 4 semesters)
M.A., San Francisco State University (2004). Thesis: 'Unscrew the Locks!': Resisting Censorship in Beat Texts
Certificate in the Teaching of Composition and Post-Secondary Reading, San Francisco State (2008)
B.A., first class honors, The University of Liverpool, UK (2002)