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Michael Dowdy

Associate Professor
Department of English Language and Literature

Phone Number: (803) 576-5945
Office: HUO 412
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PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006

Areas of Specialization 

   Latina/o Literature & Latino Studies
   Poetry & Poetics
   Poetry of the Americas
   Hemispheric American Studies

Recently Taught Courses 

ENGL 841 Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S.
ENGL 287: American Literature: On Work, Not Working, and the American Dream
ENGL 286H: Poetry: Poetry of the Americas
SCHC 450: Borders and Barricades: Reading U.S. Latinx Literature

Professional Accolades 

Faculty Fellow, 2008-2009. The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. CUNY Graduate Center.
Faculty Fellow, 2007. Toward a Hemispheric American Literature. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminars and Institutes Program. Columbia University.
Manuscript Reviewer. CENTRO Journal, Cultural Critique, Latino Studies, Latin American Research Review, MELUS, Transformations, Palgrave Macmillan, and the University of Iowa Press.

Current Research Projects 

I am co-editing with the poet Claudia Rankine the anthology American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement (Wesleyan University Press). My shorter projects include an essay on Latina/o poetry to appear in The Cambridge Companion to Latin American Poetry (ed. Stephen Hart) and an essay titled “Quarantine Citizen: Latina@ Poetry and the Matter of Capital” to be published in Dialectical Imaginaries: Materialist Approaches to U.S. Latino/a Literature (eds. Marcial González and Carlos Gallego).

Selected Publications 


   • Urbilly: Poems (Winner of the 2017 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, November 2017)
   • Broken Souths: Latina/o Poetic Responses to Neoliberalism and Globalization (University of Arizona Press, 2013)
   • American Political Poetry in the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave, 2007)
   • The Coriolis Effect (poetry chapbook, Bright Hill Press, 2007)

   Poetry from a Year of Precarity.” Review essay. In ASAP/J, March 2017.
   “Ascendance and Abjection: Reading Latina/o Poetry in the Summer of Trump.” The American Poetry Review. September/October 2016: 7-11.
   “They Must Be Re(pre)sented: Archiving Nuyorican Poetry’s ‘Diasporous’ Bodies.” Review essay of In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam, by Urayoán Noel. Journal of Modern Literature. Spring 2016 (39.3): 141-153.
   “The Dark Times on Our Tongues: Recent First Books by Appalachian Poets.” Review Essay. Appalachian Journal. Fall 2015/Winter 2016 (43.1-2): 70-79.
   “Reinventing Ecopoetics: Chicano Poetry’s Undocumentary Turn.” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 41.1 (2016): 21-53.
   “‘The black braid of names’: A Hemispheric Mapping of Martín Espada’s Lyric Monuments.” Acknowledged Legislator: Critical Essays on the Poetry of Martín Espada. Ed. Edward J. Carvalho. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014. 219-241.
   “‘Andando entre dos mundos’: Towards an Appalachian Latino Literature.” Appalachian Journal 39.3-4 (2012): 270-288.
   “‘Of the smog’: José Emilio Pacheco’s Concussive Poetics of Mexico City.” Hispanic Review 79.2 (2011): 291-316.
   “‘A mountain / in my pocket’: The Affective Spatial Imagination in Post-1952 Puerto Rican Poetry.” Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS)Special Issue: Multi-Ethnic Poetics. Eds. Keith Leonard and Meta D. Jones. 35.2 (2010): 41-67.
   “Spaces for Congregation and Creative Play: Martín Espada’s and Victor Hernández Cruz’s Poetic Plazas.” College Literature 37.2 (2010): 1-23.
   “Live Hip Hop, Collective Agency, and ‘Acting in Concert.’” Popular Music and Society 30.1 (2007): 75-90.
   “Working in the Space of Disaster: Yusef Komunyakaa’s Dialogues with America.” Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts & Letters 28.3 (2005): 812-823.

   “Mountainmade” Pilgrimage Magazine (Forthcoming)
   “Cattywampus” Kindred Magazine
   Blast FragmentsTinderbox Poetry Journal
   “Farewell, Bedrock” Appalachian Journal
   Gravity” & “The Rope Swing” Kentucky Review
   “My Mother Prays to the Patron Saint of Global Warming” Luna Luna Magazine
   Dude’s Drive-In” “A Carnival Worker Testifies” “The Out-Migrant’s Family Tree, as Seen through Binoculars” & “Watching My Daughter” drafthorse
   The Dead Send RegretsCobalt Review

Recent Presentations 

   “Disobedient Poetics Redux: Poetry Against Fascism.” Roundtable. Organizer and moderator. ASAP/9 (The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present) annual conference. (Roundtable: Daniel Borzutzky, Marijeta Bozovic, Susan Briante, Rachel Galvin, J. Michael Martinez, and Teresa Veramendi.) UC-Berkeley, Oakland, CA. Forthcoming, October 26-28, 2017.
   “From Men of Fact to Data Bodies: Docupoetry from the Great Depression to the Great Recession.” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting. Utrecht, The Netherlands. July 7, 2017.
   “Latino Poetry in Relation.” Panel moderator and organizer. Latino Poetry Mini-Conference: Angels of the Americlypse. (Panelists: Rosa Alcalá, Carmen Giménez Smith, Rodrigo Toscano, and Roberto Tejada.) University of Notre Dame, October 28, 2015.
   “Ascendance and Abjection: Reading Latina/o Literature in the Summer of Trump.” Eastern Illinois University. Center for Latin American Studies and Center for Humanities. Guest Lecture. October 2015.
   “Mapping the New Latin@ Poetry.” ASAP (The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present) Conference. Clemson University. Greenville, SC, September 2015.
   “Angelology, Eschatology: Reading the Haunts in ‘New’ Latina/o Writing.” Latina/o Utopias: 2nd Biennial Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference. John Jay College, CUNY, April 2015.
   “Debt, Mobility, and Abjection: Mapping a Puerto Rican Ecopoetics.” Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA) 11th Biennial Conference. Denver, CO, October 2014.
   “Undocumenting Nature: Toward a Latina/o Ecopoetics.” Imagining the Past, Present, and Future: An International Latina/o Studies Conference. Chicago, IL, July 2014.
   “Roundtable on Teaching Latin@ Cultural Studies at CUNY.” Panelist. CUNY Latin@ Cultural Studies Conference. LaGuardia Community College and the CUNY Latino Faculty Initiative. New York City, April 2014.
   Salon Talk. Broken Souths: Latina/o Poetic Responses to Neoliberalism and Globalization. The New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA). New York City, November 2013.
   “‘Broken’ Subjects, Radical ‘Breaks’: Latina/o Poetics Under the Neoliberal Sign.”
   Haciendo Caminos: Mapping the Futures of U.S. Latina/o Literatures: 1st Biennial US Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference. John Jay College. New York City, March 2013.
   “Between ‘Craft’ and ‘Sabotage’: Mapping the Pasts and Futures of Latina/o Poetry.” Panel organizer and moderator. Haciendo Caminos: Mapping the Futures of U.S. Latina/o Literatures. (Panelists: Jana Gutiérrez, J. Michael Martinez, and Urayoán Noel.) New York, March 2013.
   “‘Landscape, Landfill,’ Latino: Maurice Kilwein Guevara’s Scavenger Cartographies.” The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. Louisville, KY, February 2013.