(B.A. English, Hamilton College, 2010) My research focuses on American literature and culture from the second half of the nineteenth century forward, with particular interests in poetry, sound, media technology, and the modern concept of oral literature. A doctoral candidate in the department, I am writing a dissertation entitled “Demediating Modernism: The Substrata of Modern American Poetry, 1917 to the Present.” This project explores the connection between recording culture and folk culture in the age of phonography, arguing that key poets throughout the twentieth who helped revive and reinvent balladry and folklore approached their negotiations between emergent technologies of voice and residual models of cultural expression as ways of reimagining the politics of class and race. From 2011 to 2014, I was nonfiction editor of Chicago Review, where I am currently the co-editor.
Winter 2015, English 27808: Writing Voices, Writing Sound: Oral History, Audio Documentary, and Twentieth-Century Literature