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NEH Summer Scholars

Douglas Basford

Douglas Basford’s poetry, critical prose, and translations appear in Poetry, The National Poetry Review, Two Lines, Words without Borders, Subtropics, Zymbol, Springhouse, Western Humanities Review, The Tampa Review, and other journals. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship and awards and honors from the New England Poetry Club, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Foundation, Southwest Review, Sewanee Writers Conference, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, to attend the summer institute, “The Centrality of Translation to the Humanities.” He is Assistant Director of Composition at the University at Buffalo, where he is also completing his Ph.D., and co-edits the online poetry journal Unsplendid.


Marvin Campbell

Marvin Campbell earned his PhD from the University of Virginia, where he served as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Sarah Lawrence College in African-American literature. He is currently working on a book project that examines how poets such as Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Langston Hughes, and Audre Lorde, among others, dissolve national borders and geographical boundaries from the portal of Key West, anticipating contemporary trends of re-mapping the American city in African-American poetry and poetics.


Jaime Cantrell

Jaime Cantrell is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English and faculty affiliate at The Sarah Isom Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Mississippi, where she teaches courses in Women’s and Gender Studies, Southern Studies, and 20th century American literature. She received her M.A. in Women’s Studies from The University of Alabama (2009) and her Ph.D. in English Literature with a graduate concentration in Women's and Gender Studies from Louisiana State University (2014). She has been awarded library and research grants from Cornell University, Duke University and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Cantrell is the author of essays and reviews appearing in Feminist FormationsThe Journal of Lesbian Studies, Study the South, Notches, This Book is An Action: Feminist Print Culture and Activist Aesthetics (UIP Press, 2015), The Bohemian South: Creating Countercultures, from Poe to Punk (UNC Press, 2017), and The Journal Homosexuality. She co-edited Out of the Closet, Into the Archive: Researching Sexual Histories (SUNY Press, Queer Politics and Cultures series, 2015). Out of the Closet, Into the Archives is a 2016 Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best LGBT Anthology. She is presently at work on a book project titled Southern Sapphisms: Sexuality and Sociality in Literary Productions, 1969-1997.


Richard Flynn

Richard Flynn is Professor of English at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. He is the author of a critical book, Randall Jarrell and the Lost World of Childhood (Georgia, 1990), a collection of poetry, The Age of Reason (Hawkhead Press, 1993), and of many articles about contemporary poetry and literature for young audiences. He has published many articles on poets including Jarrell, Bishop, Robert Lowell, June Jordan, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Muriel Rukeyser. Recent work includes the chapter “Elizabeth Bishop, Randall Jarrell, and the Lost World of Real Feeling” in the Cambridge History of American Poetry (2015). Other essays that focus on Bishop and her contemporaries, include “Words in Air: Bishop, Lowell, and the Aesthetics of Autobiographical Poetry" in Elizabeth Bishop in the Twenty-First Century (2012) and “’Infant Sight’: Romanticism, Childhood, and Postmodern Poetry” in Literature and the Child: Romantic Continuations, Postmodern Contestations (1999). He edited and contributed the introduction and an essay to the recent forum “Divergent Perspectives on Children’s Agency” in Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Contexts (2016).


Sarah Giragosian

Sarah Giragosian is a poet and scholar whose refereed articles, "Elizabeth Bishop's Evolutionary Poetics" and "Repetition and the Honest Signal in Elizabeth Bishop’s Poetics," have appeared in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory and Association for the Study of Evolutionary Biology and Ethical Behavior in Literature Journal respectively. A winner of the 2014 American Poetry Journal Book Prize, her first book Queer Fish is forthcoming from Dream Horse Press. She teaches in the department of Writing and Critical Inquiry at the University at Albany-SUNY.


Charla Hughes

Charla Allyn Hughes is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in English at Louisiana State University.  She is interested in twentieth-century transnational modernism(s), especially the dialogue between the literary and visual arts. Hughes earned her Bachelor’s degree in English and Italian from Vassar College and her Master’s degree in English from Florida State University.


Alyse Knorr

Alyse Knorr is the author of the poetry collections Mega-City Redux (Green Mountains Review 2017), Copper Mother (Switchback Books 2016), and Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books 2013). She also authored a non-fiction book called Super Mario Bros. 3 (Boss Fight Books 2016) and two poetry chapbooks: Epithalamia (Horse Less Press 2015) and Alternates (dancing girl press 2014). Her work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, The Greensboro Review, storySouth, ZYZZYVA, Caketrain, and The Southern Poetry Anthology: Georgia, among others. She received her MFA from George Mason University and is Assistant Professor of English at Regis University.


Virginia Konchan

Virginia Konchan is the author of a book of poetry, The End of Spectacle (Carnegie Mellon, 2018), a collection of short stories, Anatomical Gift (Noctuary Press, 2017), and two chapbooks, including That Tree is Mine (dancing girl press, 2017).  Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, and Best New Poets, and her reviews and essays in Jacket, Boston Review, and Kenyon Review Online. Co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, and Associate Editor for Tupelo Quarterly, she received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and currently teaches at Marist College.


Laura Patterson

Laura Sloan Patterson is a professor of English at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where she teaches American literature, southern literature, composition, and creative writing. She is the author of Stirring the Pot: Domesticity and the Kitchen in the Fiction of Southern Women, and she has published articles and essays in Mississippi Quarterly, Southern Quarterly, Feminist Media Studies, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her poetry has appeared in Lines + Stars, Spry, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and other journals. She was a finalist for the James Applewhite Poetry Prize awarded by the North Carolina Literary Review.


Yaël Schlick

Yaël Schlick lives in Kingston, Ontario and teaches courses on travel writing, autobiography, and American literature at Queen’s University. Her most recent essays on polar explorer Richard Byrd, feminism and travel writing, comics autobiographies, and Elizabeth Bishop have been published by The Polar Journal, Bucknell University Press, University of Mississippi Press, and Environmental Ethics, respectively.  Schlick has been interested in the literary culture of Key West, Florida, for some time, and so she looks forward to exploring the intersections between Bishop’s writings about Key West and the politics of the island’s development in the 1930s and 1940s this June.


Claire Seiler

Claire Seiler is Associate Professor of English and Chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Dickinson College. She is currently completing a book manuscript, “Midcentury Suspension,” that fuses archival research in mid-twentieth-century print and public culture, theorizations of modernity and modernisms, and analyses of a range of key texts to offer a new account of the postwar imaginary. Her work has appeared in Contemporary Literature, Modernism/ModernityTwentieth-Century Literature, and elsewhere. 


Heather Treseler

Heather Treseler is the winner of the 2016 Frank O'Hara poetry prize and runner-up for the 2017 Editors' Prize in poetry from Missouri Review. Her poems and essays appear in Boston ReviewHarvard ReviewIowa Review, PleiadesThe Weekly Standard, and Southern Poetry Review, among other journals, and in four books about American poetry. She is an associate professor at Worcester State University, where she teaches creative writing and American literature, and her work has received support from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017-18, she will be a Visiting Research Associate at the Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center. 


John Vincent

John Emil Vincent is a poet, critic, and archivist living in Montreal. His critical books include Queer Lyrics: Difficulty and Closure in American Poetry, John Ashbery and You: His Later Books, and After Spicer. A chapbook, Cheshirization, was published by Factory Hollow Press in 2016; he will publish his first book of poems, Excitement Tax, with DC Books in Fall 2017. He is presently working on a critical book project about poetic visuals, the envoy of which is forthcoming in Raritan. He teaches English at Marianopolis College.


Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker recently received his Ph.D. from Florida State University, where he continues to teach a wide range of courses covering twentieth-century poetry, poetics, drama, and theory. He is currently at work on a book-length study of verse drama and its relation to the lyric, covering poets like T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, and Derek Walcott, among others. Additionally, he has written or has forthcoming articles on Robert Lowell and Religion, Mary Kelly and Rural Drama in Britain, and Sylvia Plath and the Radio Drama. He (re)tweets, occasionally, @Andrew_S_W.


Jeff Westover

Jeff Westover is an Associate Professor of English at Boise State University, where he teaches literature. His book, The Colonial Moment: Discoveries and Settlements in Modern American Poetry (Northern Illinois University Press), analyzes colonization and nationhood in the work of five American poets: Marianne Moore, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes, and Hart Crane. Choice identified the book as an Outstanding Academic Title in 2005. Recent publications include articles about Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Thylias Moss.


Heather Witcher

Heather Bozant Witcher received her PhD in English from Saint Louis University in May 2017, where she continues as an adjunct instructor. Her dissertation examines the process of collaboration in the British long nineteenth century, drawing from manuscripts and life-writing, to establish a model framework for the collaborative process: sympathetic collaboration. She uses the approach of archival-based literary analysis to probe the influences of Adam Smith's sympathy as a means of coming together in order to form a liberal community. Her future work will focus on the Pre-Raphaelite archive, underscoring the importance of drafts and revisionary work as a means of defining literary Pre-Raphaelitism. Her research has been recognized by external fellowships and awards: 2015 William Morris Society Award for research and 2016 Amy P. Goldman Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite Studies. She has published her research in Forum for Modern Language Studies (April 2016) and Victorian Poetry (Winter 2017). As part of the Bishop seminar, she is excited to begin developing new methods of interdisciplinary teaching and research by deepening her understanding of Elizabeth Bishop and her circle. She will use this experience to curate a digital exhibition utilizing Bishop's archive and its intersections of art, poetry, and life-writing.