African American and African Diaspora Literature, especially Poetry: Twentieth Century/Contemporary Poetry and Poetics; Black Feminist Thought, Gender and Sexuality; Black Study; Visual Culture
"In my classroom, I make every effort to show students clearly how passionate I am about the texts and ideas I'm teaching—how much a poem, a novel, or a literary movement can mean to me and many others. They appreciate this, I think, in part because it gives them permission to feel passionate about their own relationships to texts, in turn. When that sense of the power of literature is circulating in the room, it makes it much easier for me to make palpable for them the historical and cultural significance of the works, on one hand, or to convince them of the importance of a line break or an element of plot, on the other. What I appreciate most is that this becomes a feedback loop, wherein my own experience of texts that have become too familiar from frequent teaching is reenergized by the enthusiasms (or engaged resistance) my students express."
Murray Hall, Room 018, College Ave Campus
On Leave, Fall 2020 - Spring 2021
- Black Poetry
- Black Women Writers
- Black Women's Experimental Writing
- Blackness and Visual Culture
- Contemporary Narratives of Slavery
- Creative Writing (Poetry)
- Domestic Ideology and African American Literature
- The Black Fantastic: African American Speculative Fiction
- The African-American Long Poem
- Black Aesthetics in Theory and Practice
- Black Power/Black Aesthetics (with Professor Donna Murch, History)
- Slavery in the African American Imagination
- Poetry, Poetics, and the (In)visibility of Race
- Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, 2019
- Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowship, 2018-2019
- Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry (semiautomatic), 2018
- Finalist, Pulitzer Prize in Poetry (semiautomatic), 2018
- Finalist, LA Times Book Prize in Poetry (semiautomatic), 2018
- Stephen Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry, African American Literature and Culture Society, 2015
- Rutgers Faculty Scholar-Teacher Award, 2013-2014
- Holmes National Poetry Prize, Princeton University, 2012
- Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry (the new black), 2012
- Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, Rutgers University, 2011
- Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, Rutgers University, 2011
- American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2008
- Schomburg Scholars-in-Residence Program Fellowship, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 2007
- Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowship, 2007-8 (declined)
- Modern Languages Association (Executive Council, 2017-2020)
- American Studies Association
- Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
- PEN American Center
- "Race, Experiments, and the Black Avant-Garde," in Furious Flower: Seeding the Future, ed. Joanne Gabbin, Northwestern University Press, 2020. 69-82.
- "On Seeing and Reading the Nothing: Poetry and Blackness Visualized," New Literary History 50.4 (Autumn 2019): 499-528.
- “Coloring Dickinson: Race, Influence, and Lyric Dis-reading,” in The New Emily Dickinson Studies, ed. Michelle Kohler, Cambridge University Press, 2019. 258-279.
- "A Letter to David Drake from a Friend and a Relation," in Where Is All My Relation? The Poetics of Dave the Potter, ed. Michael A. Chaney, Oxford University Press, 2018. 51-57.
- “Difficult Bees as Difficult Does,” in The Fate of Difficulty in the Poetry of Our Time, ed. Charles Altieri and Nicholas Nace, Northwestern University Press, 2017. 227-234.
- “‘Please feel free to perform the text’: Making Slavery Work in Mendi + Keith Obadike’s Big House / Disclosure,” Special Issue on Black Experimental Poetry, David Marriot, guest ed., The Black Scholar 47.1 (2017): 38-52.
- “Race, Reception, and Claudia Rankine’s American Lyric,” in “Reconsidering Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric. A Symposium, Part I,” ed. Daniel Worden, Los Angeles Review of Books, 6 January 2016.
- “The Black Arts Movement and Black Aesthetics,” The Cambridge Companion to American Modernist Poetry, ed. Walter Kalaidjian, Cambridge UP (2014).
- “Is Zong! Conceptual Poetry? Yes, It Isn’t.” Dialogues with NourbeSe Philip, ed. Janet Neigh, Jacket2, September 2013
- “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Slave: Visual Artistry as Agency in the Contemporary Narrative of Slavery,” Contemporary African American Literature: The Living Canon, ed. Lovalerie King and Shirley C. Moody, Indiana UP (2013).
- “Going Overboard: African American Poetic Innovation and the Middle Passage,” Contemporary Literature 52.4, Spring 2012
- “On the Nature of Ed Roberson’s Poetics,” Callaloo 33.3, Fall 2010
- “The Haunted Houses of New Orleans: Gothic Homelessness and African American Experience,” Katrina’s Imprint: Race and Vulnerability in America, ed. Keith Wailoo, Karen O’Neil, Roland Anglin, and Jeffrey Dowd, Rutgers UP, 2010
PhD, Duke University
JD, University of Michigan
BA, Northwestern University