Areas of Research
Poetry writing, poetics, ecopoetics, and nonfiction.
Deep City (Noemi Press, 2015)
Desiring Map (Coconut Books, 2012)
Seven to December w/Bonnie Roy (Horse Less Press, 2015
Sigil and Sigh w/Anne Yoder (Dusie, 2015)
Wintering Prairie (Dusie and above/ground, 2014)
This Place (Dusie, 2013)
Gemology (Little Red Leaves Textile Editions, 2012)
Favored Daughter (Dancing Girl Press, 2012)
Collection (Dusie, 2011)
Carry Catastrophe (Grey Book Press, 2010)
Across Soft Ruins (Scantily Clad Press, 2009)
Poems and Essays
Poems and essays published in The Atlantic, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, Third Coast, and in other journals.
Hall Center for the Humanities Creative Work Fellow, 2015-2016
Summer Forum for Inquiry + Exchange Resident Fellow, 2014
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Resident Fellow, 2014
Summer Literary Seminars Fellowship, 2009
My ongoing writing project is centered on an exploration of the natural and made world—the ways we shape and are shaped by place, architectures, and systems, as well as our interactions with plants and other animals. In research and teaching I see poetry as a medium for engaging with the world through lived experience, and through the study of literary history, world histories, and geography. Related research interests include: aesthetics, ecopoetics, feminism, geography, and Marxist thought.
My first book, Desiring Map, explores human possibility in nature through the landscape (both natural and constructed) of diverse regions—from the prairie grasslands of the Midwest, to Paris, to the suburbs of Los Angeles. The poems consider town architectures, agricultural methods, and other ways in which people interact with the natural world. While in many ways my project continues in the pastoral tradition, I am interested in the tension that occurs when our own very human demands and inconsistencies exert pressure on both the natural and made world. My forthcoming book, Deep City, thinks about the city and the body as architectures in crisis. The poems examine language and identity in the crisis of late capitalism, with its unaffordable housing, healthcare, and educational systems, exploitive labor practices, and continuous violence on everyday citizens (both through routine police violence and the “war on terror”). My book manuscript in progress, Gentlewomen, explores gender constructions, especially as related to issues of class and social justice, through a revision of gendered domesticity and a re-imagining of the voices of female allegorical figures.
In addition to teaching and research, I am the founder and director of the Department of English Undergraduate Reading Series, which features creative writing students reading from their original poetry and prose. I also curate the Taproom Poetry Series in downtown Lawrence.
More information and links to recent publications can be found at: www.megankaminski.com