Professor of English
University of Mary Washington


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, May 1998

Dissertation: “Novelty in Verse: Bakhtin and the Multivocal Epics of Pound, H. D., and Walcott”

M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992

B.A. with High Honors, University of Virginia, 1991

Teaching and Research Interests

twentieth-century literature, especially Modernism; poetry (epic, lyric, long poem) and poetics; ethics and literature; women’s literature and gender theory; periodical studies; Bakhtinian theory; Asian American literature; genre studies; literature of the First World War; digital humanities

Selected Honors, Grants, and Awards

Grellet C. Simpson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Mary Washington, 2014

National Endowment for the Humanities, Digital Humanities Grants: “Looking for Whitman: The Poetry of Place in the Life and Work of Walt Whitman,” 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.  Lead grant writer: Matthew Gold, New York City College of Technology.

  • Faculty Research Grant, 2016-2017: “Telegraphy, Morse Code, and H.D.’s Technopoetics”
  • Sabbatical award, “Digital Modernism: The Artifact, The Poetess, and The Modernist Journals Project,” Spring 2014
  • Sabbatical award, “Dialogism and Poetry—an edited volume,” Spring 2007
  • Faculty Research Grant, 2012-2013: “Gender Identity and Promiscuous Identification in Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier
  • Faculty Development Professional Activity Grant, 2007-2008: “Considering Confinement in Pinion and Poetic Sequence.”
  • Faculty Development Professional Activity Grant, 2001-2002: “Ethics and/in/of Literature: Answerability and the Dialogic Lyric.”
  • AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship, 1997-1998
  • University of Wisconsin Dissertation Fellowship, 1997
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1991



Poetry and Dialogism: Hearing Over.  Author of  “Introduction: Hearing Over.” Co-Editor with Chad Engbers (Calvin College).  Palgrave Macmillan 2014.

Essays and Interviews

“Gender Identity and Promiscuous Identification: Reading (in) Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier.” The Journal of Modern Literature 40.3 (2017): 66-83.

“’Afoot with my Vision’: Whitmania and Tourism in the Digital Age.”  From Page to Place: American Literary Tourism and the Afterlives of Authors. Eds. Jennifer Harris and Hilary Iris Lowe. U of Massachusetts P, 2017. 107-124.

“Companions of the Flame: Teaching H.D. with Other Modern Poets.”  Approaches to Teaching H.D.’s Poetry and Prose, MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature series. Eds. Annette Debo and Lara Vetter.  New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2011.

Interview with Claudia Emerson, 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner in Poetry.  The Writer’s Chronicle 43.1 (September 2010).

“Ethics and the Lyric: Form, Dialogue, Answerability.”  College Literature 34.1 (Winter 2007).

“The Case of Onoto Watanna’s A Japanese Nightingale: Orientalism, Tricksterism, and Other Complications of a Chinese-American Novel.”  The Voice of Han 2 (2006).

 “Assessing New Texts for the Asian American Literature Classroom: Gender and Culture in Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats and Kathleen Tyau’s Makai.”  The Virginia Review of Asian Studies vol. IV (Fall 2002).

“Mother Land, Mother Tongue: Reconfiguring Relationship in Suleri’s Meatless Days.” LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory 12.4 (2001).

“‘In the Mouths of the Tribe’: Omeros and the Heteroglossic Nation.”  Bucknell Review XLIII.2 (Winter 2000).  Special journal issue Bakhtin and the Nation.  Eds. San Diego Bakhtin Circle.

“Sook Nyul Choi.”  Critical bio-bibliography.  Asian American Novelists.  Ed. Emmanuel S. Nelson.  Greenwood Press, 2000.

“The Divine Body in Grace Nichols’s The Fat Black Woman’s Poems.”  World Literature Today: A Literary Quarterly of the University of Oklahoma. 72.1 (Winter 1998).

Book Reviews

Green Modernism: Nature and the English Novel, 1900-1930, by Jeffrey Mathes McCarthy.  English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 60.2 (2017)

Incredible Modernism: Literature, Trust and Deception, eds. John Attridge and Rod Rosenquist.  English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 58.1 (2015).

The Cambridge Companion to H.D., eds. Nephie Christodoulides and Polina Mackay.  Women’s Studies: An International Journal 43.1 (2014).

Recent Conference Participation and Invited Presentations

“Mary Borden’s ‘Moonlight’: ‘A Crazy Hurting Dream.'” Seminar on World War I: Reconsidering Rupture. 17th Modernist Studies Association Conference: Modernism & Revolution, Boston, MA, forthcoming 19-22 November, 2015.

“H.D., Charlotte Mew, and the Magdalen: ‘what she did, everyone knows.’” H.D. and Feminist Poetics Conference. Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA,17-20 September 2015.

“‘I Just Have a Lot of Feeling’: Reflections on the Modernist Poetess.”  Seminar on The Feeling(s) of Modernism.  16th Modernist Studies Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, 6-9 November, 2014.

“’Dot tick, we are here’: H.D. on Art, Vision, and Codebreaking.”  H.D. International Society Panel.  84th Annual South Atlantic Modern Language Convention, Research Triangle, NC, 9-11 November, 2012.

“’Afoot with my vision’: Presence, Accessibility, and Tourism in the Digital Age.”  42nd Northeast Modern Languages Association Conference, New Brunswick, NJ, 7-10 April 2011.

“Gender Identity and Promiscuous Identification: Reading the Romance of West’s The Return of the Soldier.” Invited Speaker: 2011 Washington Area Modernist Symposium, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 5 March 5 2011.

“Walt Whitman.”  Invited Speaker: The 2011 Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series, University of Mary Washingon, Fredericksburg, VA, 15 February 2011.

“Looking for Whitman: A Cross-Campus Experiment in Digital Pedagogy.”  2009 Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA, 27-30 December 2009.

“We Dwell in Possibility—Technology, Community, and Answerability in the Literature Classroom.”  Co-presented with James Groom.  2009 Virginia Humanities Conference: Humanities on Display, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 3-4 April 2009.

“The ‘incinerating eye’ and I in Suji Kwock Kim’s Notes from the Divided Country.”  Conference on the Poetics of Conflict and Reconciliation, Bridgewater, VA, 16-18 October 2008.

“Form Remembers: Lyrics Containing History.”  Co-presented with Claudia Emerson.  Lifting Belly High: Women’s Poetry Since 1900, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 11-13 September 2008.

Panel Organizer/Chair.  “’The Answering Word’: Poetry and Bakhtinian Theory.”  Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, Buffalo, NY, 10-13 April 2008.

“Two Women Writers and the Voyage In (Between): The Speaking Subject in H. D. and Louise Glück.”  9th Annual Modern Studies Association Conference, Long Beach, CA, 1-4 November 2007.

Professional Memberships