My research interests focus primarily on modern and contemporary American poetry and New York City avant-garde and popular culture after 1960. My publications include Do You Have a Band?: Poetry and Punk Rock in New York City, “We Saw the Light”: Conversations Between The New American Cinema and Poetry; Don’t Ever Get Famous: Essays on New York Writing after the “New York School”, and “All Poets Welcome”: The Lower East Side Poetry Scene In the 1960’s.
I was born in New York City and raised in Manila, Philippines; Mexico City, Mexico; London, England; Tenafly, New Jersey; and New York City. I received my BA from Marlboro College in Vermont (1990) and my Ph.D from New York University (2000).
My research explores poetry in relationship to other genres - film, theater, music, and visual art especially. I welcome research proposals from prospective PhD students working in any of the following areas:
- the New American Poetry
- the New American Cinema
- the New York School (poetry, cinema, painting, dance)
- contemporary poetry of England and North America
- the Beat Generation (poetry, the novel, cinema, music)
- Downtown culture of New York City (e.g., CBGB, La Mama, the Loft, the Poetry Project, Max's Kansas City)
- 20th and 21st-century North American and European avant-garde culture
- North American punk rock (music and literature)
Doctoral and MPhil projects I have supervised include:
- Diarmuid Hester, “Passionate Creation, Passionate Destruction: Art and Anarchy in the Work of Dennis Cooper”
- Luke Walker, “William Blake in the 1960s: Counterculture and Radical Reception”
- Freyja Madsen, "Never Stationary: Examining the Influence of Creative Destruction in the work of Jack Kerouac and Gary Snyder"
- Alex Howard, “The life and times of Charles Henri Ford, Blues, and the belated renovation of modernism"
- David Hull, "Modernism and state power in the pre-war poetry and prose of Ezra Pound, 1911–1914"
- Jian Farmouhand, "Charles Bukowski and Cinematic Influences"
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