Research Interests20th-Century Poetry & Poetics; Print & Digital Media; Critical Curation
I joined the English Department at the University of Iowa in 2011. My work examines twentieth-century poetry and culture, print and digital media, and the history of literary movements. My recent book, Poetic Community: Avant-Garde Activism and Cold War Culture (University of Toronto Press, 2013), addresses the literary activities of several key poetic groups collaborating after World War II. I’ve also edited a collection of bpNichol’s works from the 1970s; a book of variations: love – zygal – art facts includes three of the poet’s most important volumes. I am now working on a project called “Open Source Culture: Literature, Appropriation, and the Public Domain.” This book investigates how late-twentieth-century poets, fiction writers, and artists creatively subvert intellectual property laws and the regimes that enforce these policies.
As a member of the University of Iowa’s Digital Studio for the Public Arts & Humanities (DSPAH), I am the Director of the Fluxus Digital Collection and the Co-Curator with Adalaide Morris of the Counter Map Collection.
I have also published in journals such as Modernism/modernity, Criticism: A Quarterly Journal for Literature and the Arts, Postmodern Culture, Open Letter, and DQR Studies in Literature. Before joining the University of Iowa, I worked in the music industry and as a SSHRC-postdoctoral fellow at the Modern Literature & Culture Research Center in Toronto, Canada.