I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages and Literature at Austin
Peay State University, where I teach and write about twentieth-century poetry. I also
serve as Secretary of the Wallace Stevens Society.
My current book project, Echo & Critique: Poetry and the Clichés of Public Speech, analyzes how postwar poets responded to the political doublespeak of their era by
taking specific phrases (like “transfer of population,” “service the target” or “revenue
enhancement”), and then putting pressure on them, examining their implications, and
complicating them within a poem. At the same time, Echo & Critique argues that poets used this technique to weigh their own susceptibility to the clichés
of public discourse.
My articles have appeared, or are forthcoming, in MLQ, Essays in Criticism, Philological Quarterly, Modernism / modernity, Journal of Modern Literature, Twentieth-Century Literature, The Yale Review, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Literary Imagination, and The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. I also review contemporary poetry for such venues as Colorado Review Online, Chicago Review, PN Review, Harvard Review Online, and Rain Taxi.