I am an assistant professor of English at Framingham State University, where I specialize in modern and contemporary poetry, print culture, media studies, and digital humanities.
At Framingham State, I have taught courses on modern and contemporary poetry, along with surveys of American literature, introduction to literary studies courses focusing on Robert Frost and Langston Hughes, and expository writing.
My first book, Poetic Modernism in the Culture of Mass Print (Johns Hopkins, 2017) began as a dissertation that I completed under the direction of Cary Nelson in the English department at the University of Illinois, and which I expanded upon as the 2011–2012 NEH Post-Doctoral Fellow in Poetics at Emory University’s Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry.
I have published essays and articles on modern poetry and print culture in multiple journals and book collections, including jml: Journal of Modern Literature, Modernism/Modernity, Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, and the Cambridge Companion to Modern American Poetry. Additionally, I serve on the editorial board of the Oxford Anthology of Modern and Contemporary American Poetry, and I co-edit with Cary Nelson the Modern American Poetry Site (MAPS), which I have been migrating from the original HTML site (www.english.illinois.edu/maps/) to a Drupal platform (www.modernamericanpoetry.org).
I am at the beginning stages of two projects that have grown out of my work on Poetic Modernism. First, my increasing interest in the digital humanities has led to a project in which I am using TEI markup and data mining of large text corpora (in such objects as periodical runs) as means of distantly reading a great deal of modern poetry. In doing so, I am particularly interested in uncovering the shared themes, images, and uses of bibliographical and poetic form that suggest common responses to cultural modernity, and which might cut across traditional divides of modernist poetry and more popular verse. Second, I am interested in the intersection of material culture and affect in the museumization of modern poetic spaces, such as poet’s houses, temporary library exhibits and the literary constellations of such cities as Boston and Harlem.
I have also increasingly turned my attention to publishing poems, renewing a focus on creative writing that I had while completing my MA in Poetry Writing from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. I have recently published poems in The Evansville Review and have poems forthcoming in Salamander, Form Quarterly, and Manifest West.
I am the father of baby twin girls. I am pleased to say this occupies whatever time I might have left.