Welcome. I’m an assistant professor of English at Dickinson College. My primary area of research and teaching is American literature of the long twentieth century. I’m also interested in modernism, poetic theory, 21st-century fiction, and letters. I’m drawn to questions about the relationship between literature and ordinary life, or literature and private life, as a matter of both style and politics.
My first book, The Poetics of the Everyday: Creative Repetition in Modern American Verse (Columbia University Press) analyzes the rhythm of daily experience as a creative and philosophical project. I am currently at work on my second book, which will take up selected moments in the history of personal correspondence to understand the the shape and meaning of written intimacy. Essays taken from my work on this project have appeared/will appear in Modernism/modernity and in edited volumes from Cambridge and Edinburgh University Presses.
In addition to my academic research, I write poems, book reviews, and essays–in places like Boston Review and Los Angeles Review of Books. Before moving to Carlisle, I studied at Yale, Oxford, and the University of East Anglia, then spent three years at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Please use the links above to learn more if you are interested and please feel free to contact me with thoughts, questions, and suggestions.