This fall, Hartwick College and the Department of English will present the first two readings of the 2021-22 Visiting Writers Series. All readings take place at 7 p.m. in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York.
Admission to the readings is free and the events are open to the public. Attendees and all campus visitors must be vaccinated for COVID-19 and will be required to provide either their vaccination card or the New York State Excelsior Pass. Any visitor requiring an exception to this requirement must complete this form and receive prior approval from the College. Masks are required in all College buildings.
Roger W. Hecht will read on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.
Su Cho will read on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.
For more information, visit the Visiting Writers Series webpage.
I am incredibly indebted to Samuel Verdin, editor of The Aesthetic Directory, for publishing “2015.04,” “2015.15,” “2015.18,” “2015.26,” “2016.02,” and “2016.28,” the last unpublished sonnets from 2013–2017: Sonnets, the first volume of my ongoing sonnet sequence.
Today, I was officially promoted to associate professor of English with tenure at Hartwick College.
This is the result of many years of hard work, but to a large degree, I owe this success to decades of support from friends, family, teachers, mentors, and colleagues. The people I would like to thank are too numerous to name individually, and I fear I would leave someone out if I attempted doing so, as so many have done so many things to help me achieve this lifelong goal. But I would like to thank, first of all, my wonderful students and current and former colleagues in and out of the Department of English at Hartwick College, all those who took the time out of their day to visit my classes, all those who wrote letters of support, including my external reviewers and students, and all those who talked with me about the process, providing crucial advice. I would also like to thank my colleagues up the road at SUNY Oneonta, my amazing students, teachers, mentors, fellow graduate students, and other colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh, and my students and colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University. Thanks to all the anonymous reviewers over the years, the sometimes unseen/unheard but not unacknowledged people who have suggested my name for peer review or to contribute to a journal, and the many editors and publishers who have supported my work, with particular gratitude going to the editors and publishers of boundary 2, Blue Sketch Press, and Salò Press. And I have the deepest abiding gratitude and appreciation for my family and their endless patience listening to me talk about the job market and the tenure process. Most importantly, my partner and spouse: Racheal, I simply could not have done this without everything you bring to our family’s life and your oh-so-keen eye for errata. Your support has meant everything. And if I have somehow overlooked you amongst those mentioned above: thank you thank you thank you.
 For some of these individual thanks, see the acknowledgment pages of my dissertation, “The Apocalypse Archive: American Literature and the Nuclear Bomb” (2013), of my two books of poetry, The Rocking Chair (2015) and The Shape of Things (2017), in various articles (here, here, here, and elsewhere too) and interviews (also here), and in works in process and to come.
Camilla Nelson has written a thoughtful and incisive review of Poetics for the More-Than-Human World: An Anthology of Poetry and Commentary, edited by by Mary Newell, Bernard Quetchenbach, and Sarah Nolan, published last year by Spuyten Duyvil (and in which I have a couple poems). The review appeared in vol. 2, no. 1 of Ecocene: Cappadocia Journal of Environmental Humanities.
The start to this academic year is again unconventional, but feeling much closer to normal, especially owing to Hartwick College’s reopening plans. I’m again teaching two frequently taught creative writing courses and revisiting Poetry and Technology. The syllabi:
(A little late on this one, but August has been quite busy, both personally and professionally.)
Nuclear and Environmental
Brad Plumer and Henry Fountain, “A Hotter Future Is Certain, Climate Panel Warns. But How Hot Is Up to Us.”
Naomi Klein, “Stuck in the Smoke as Billionaires Blast Off.”
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “June 2021 Was the Hottest June on Record for the US.”
Liza Featherstone, “How to Live in a Burning World without Losing Your Mind.”
Katy Lederer and Julian Brave Noisecat, “Infrastructure, Infrastructure! An Interview with Julia Brave NoiseCat.”
Deanna K. Kreisel, “A Deadly Fart That Will Kill Us All: On Climate Grief.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, “Remembering Climate Change . . . a Message from the Year 2071.”
Jonathan Foley, “Seven Reasons Why Artificial Carbon Removal Is Overhyped.”
Nuclear and Environmental
Christopher Flavelle and Kalen Goodluck, “Dispossessed, Again: Climate Change Hits Native Americans Especially Hard.”
Sarah Miller, “All the Right Words on Climate Have Already Been Said.”
Brad Plumer, Jack Healy, Winston Choi-Schagrin, and Henry Fountain, “Climate Change Batters the West before Summer Even Begins.”
James Temple, “The Lurking Threat to Solar Power’s Growth.” Hmm.
Jacob Darwin Hamblin, The Wretched Atom: America’s Global Gamble with Peaceful Nuclear Technology.
Nuclear and Environmental
Coral Davenport, “The Keystone XL Pipeline Project Has Been Terminated.”
Nadja Popovich, “How Severe Is the Western Drought? See For Yourself.”
Dan Sinykin, “The End of the World as We Know It.”
Clifford Krauss and Peter Eavis, “Climate Activists Defeat Exxon in Push for Clean Energy.”
Stanley Reed and Claire Moses, “A Dutch Court Rules That Shell Must Step Up Its Climate Change Efforts.”
Paquito Bernard, “It’s Time to Tackle Climate Change in all University Disciplines.”
Morgan Meis, “Timothy Morton’s Hyper-Pandemic.”
The Editorial Board of the New York Times, “America Is Failing Its Moral Test on Vaccines.”
Michael D. Shear, Julian E. Barnes, Carl Zimmer and Benjamin Mueller, “Biden Orders Intelligence Inquiry into Origins of Virus.”
Zeynep Tufekci, “Checking Facts Even If One Can’t.”
Apoorva Mandavilli, “Immunity to the Coronavirus May Persist for Years, Scientists Find.”
And Alexa Lardieri, “Florida, Alabama No Longer Reporting Daily Coronavirus Data.”Continue reading