During another unconventional spring, I’m revisiting an introductory course I taught frequently at the University of Pittsburgh (ENGLIT 0500 Introduction to Critical Reading) and reprising two creative writing courses. The syllabi:
I didn’t get a lot of writing done this year, but some of the little I did is out today near its close. I am thrilled and honored to have the first of my pandemic sonnets—“2020.01,” “2020.02,” “2020.03,” “2020.04,” “2020.05,” and “2020.06”—in the online arm of Always Crashing. I also had important poems from the sonnet project, including the “long sonnet” “2016.36: Preface,” out in issue three of Always Crashing earlier this year. Thanks so much to the editors’ ongoing support of my work and this project.
“2015.09,” “2016.27,” “2018.01,” “2019.01,” and “2019.02,” sonnets from my ongoing sequence, are in the fifth issue of Call Me [Brackets], “Chaos.”
For this year’s Modern Language Association Convention, to be held virtually from January 7–10, 2021, I organized and will be speaking on a roundtable on Twenty-First-Century Forms, along with Amy Sara Carroll, Racheal Fest, Christian P. Haines, Hyemin Kim, and Eric Loy. I have included the information about the panel and, below that, full abstracts from each speaker.
181. Twenty-First-Century Forms
Thursday, January 7, 2020, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. (EST)
If the novel and lyric poem have become residual forms, what literary forms are emerging in contemporaneity? Participants explore emergent literary forms of the twenty-first century and their relationship with, instantiation in, or remediation by other (digital) media: film, television, video, graphic narrative, video games, transmedia, or other hybrid, novel, or megatextual forms.
Amy Sara Carroll (U of California, San Diego)
Bradley Fest (Hartwick C)
Racheal Fest (State U of New York, Oneonta)
Christian Haines (Penn State U, University Park)
Hyemin Kim (Baruch C, City U of New York)
Eric Loy (U of Rochester)
Bradley Fest (Hartwick C)
“Blason I,” “Blason II,” and “Blason III,” poems from my current ongoing project, Postrock, have been republished in The Second Chance Anthology, which will appear from Variant Literature on August 1, 2020. (Order it here; read it here.) The anthology features “work that has been pulled, withdrawn, [or] removed without notice from” a number of different publications. I’m especially thankful to Tyler Pufpaff and the editors of Variant Literature for finding a new home for the orphaned writing of so many great writers.
More poems from my ongoing sonnet sequence, “2016.31,” “2016.33,” “2016.36: Preface” (a long prefatory poem), and “2017.01: Afterword,” are in the third issue of Always Crashing. I’m delighted to share the pages with Louis Armand, Jill Khoury, Joe Sacksteder, Claire Marie Stancek, John Trefry, and many others.
There will also be a two night reading celebrating the issues release at 7:00 p.m. on May 28 and 29, 2020, via Zoom. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2WGDD7d. I’ll be reading for a few minutes on the 29th.