Education

Ph.D., English, Northwestern University, 2021 (expected)

M.A., Humanities, The University of Chicago, 2013

B.A., English, summa cum laude, Loyola University Chicago, 2012

B.S., Psychology, summa cum laude, Loyola University Chicago, 2012

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Article
“Gertrude Stein Learns to Code: Brian Kim Stefans’ Kluge: A Meditation and the Corruptibility of Modernist Form,” ASAP/Journal (forthcoming)

Essays
Review of Evie Shockley’s poetry collection semiautomatic (2017), Chicago Review 62:4/63:1/2, “The Black Arts Movement in Chicago,” 2019
“Panorama: Essays and Images From Life on the Rails—Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Photographs,” CB&Q: Building an Empire, An Archive from the Newberry Library, 2013
 
Poetry
“The Unicorn in Captivity: 1:23am” and “Disbelief is Fertile,” Palimpsest: Yale Graduate Literary & Arts Magazine, Volume IX: TRANS[. . .]
“Happy Birthday,” graze Issue 7
“Woman at Her Toilette,” “Station Briefly, the Seasons,” and “Happy Birthday,” Colloquium Issue 2
“Msot Wulod Jsut Say Tnahk You,” Diminuendo Literary and Arts Magazine Volume 14, Issue 2
“Salt Stained Lethe,” Diminuendo Literary and Arts Magazine Volume 13, Issue 4  

Fiction

“The Butcher Boy,” Diminuendo Literary and Arts Magazine Volume 15, Issue 2
“Dam Canker Sore,” Diminuendo Literary and Magazine Volume 14, Issue 1
“Acid Gastronomy,” Diminuendo Literary and Arts Magazine Volume 12, Issue 3
 

Projects

Anomalia (full-length poetry collection in progress)

Founder and Co-facilitator, Critical Prison Studies Reading Group, Program in Critical Theory, Northwestern University (2019-2020)

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Anti-Portraits of Ink and Earth: Kara Walker’s Silhouettes and Ana Mendieta’s Siluetas” (presenter); “Earthly Imaginings: Machines, Media, Nature” (panel chair)
Cultural Studies Association, Visual Culture Working Group, Chicago, 2020 (Virtual synchronous meetings)

“Turing Tests and Robot Love Poems: Technological Vulnerability in Franny Choi’s Soft Science and Margaret Rhee’s Love, Robot
American Comparative Literature Association, Chicago, 2020 (Canceled by the ACLA)

“Down and Dirty: Mimeography and DIY Activism of the Underground Press Revolution” (presenter); “Doppelgängers, the Internet, and Pedagogy” (panel chair)
Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago, 2019
 
“In Print, Out of Bounds: Poetry of the Penal Press and the ‘Question’ of Creative Freedom”
American Studies Association, Honolulu, 2019
 
“All in a Day’s Werk: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs’s TwERK and the Performance of Racial Sonic Labor”
Cultural Studies Association, Black & Race Studies Working Group, New Orleans, 2019
 
“All in a Day’s Werk: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs’s TwERK and the Performance of Racial Sonic Labor”
The American Literature Association, African American Literature and Culture Society, Boston, 2019
 
“Printed Internets: Pseudo-autobiography and Digital Interruptions in 21st C. Multiethnic Poetry”
The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, Cincinnati, 2019
 
“Analog Internet: Pseudo-autobiography and the Poetics of Print Digitality in 21st-Century Multiethnic Writing”
Modern Language Association, Chicago, 2019
 
“Thinking Beyond Surfaces: Brian Kim Stefans’s Kluge: A Meditation and the Avatars of Gertrude Stein”
American Comparative Literature Association, Los Angeles, 2018
 
“Please Stay Tuned: The Televisual Poetics of Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric
American Literature Seminar, The Newberry Library, Chicago, 2018
 
“Being ‘Online’: Provisional Identities and Digital Representation in Mónica de la Torre’s Public Domain and Trisha Low’s The Compleat Purge
Media and Historiography Conference, Radio/TV/Film Department, Northwestern University, Evanston, 2017
 
“Queer Sexual Politics and the Erotics of Wordplay in Harryette Mullen’s Sleeping with the Dictionary
English Graduate Colloquium, Department of English, Northwestern University, Evanston, 2017
 
“Thinking Beyond Surfaces: Brian Kim Stefans’s Kluge: A Meditation, Gertrude Stein’s ‘Continuous Present,’ and the Corruptibility of Time”
English Graduate Conference, Department of English Language and Literature, The University of Chicago, 2016
 
“The Erotics of Wordplay: Linguistic Jouissance and Alternative Sexual Politics in Harryette Mullen’s Sleeping with the Dictionary
Summer Institute Cologne, University of Cologne, Germany, 2016
 
“‘Further and further inside, the certitude of absence’: Liminality, (Non)presence, and the Poetics of Embodiment in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee
Poetry & Poetics Symposium, The University of Chicago, 2013

Memberships

African American Literature and Culture Society, American Comparative Literature Association, American Studies Association, Cultural Studies Association, Midwest Modern Language Association, Modern Language Association, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States

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