Specialty: Regular Faculty
I am a scholar and a teacher of twentieth-century and contemporary poetry. My first book, Forms of a World: Contemporary Poetry and the Making of Globalization (Fordham University Press, 2019), shows how globalization transformed contemporary poetry from 1970 to the present. I am currently writing a book about American poetry and the history and economics of housing after World War II. That book, The American House Poem, 1945-2015, is under contract with Oxford University Press. I am also a practicing poet: my debut collection of poetry, Some Flowers, is forthcoming in 2022. My poems draw on the lyric’s deep connection to pastoral and landscape traditions to expose the ravages of environmental and social crises in the southeast and the western U.S. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on a wide variety of topics, including modern poetry, world literature, and literary theory. My work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the South Carolina Arts Commission, the James Merrill House Residency, and the National Endowment for the Humanities/Teagle Foundation.