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Department of English Language and Literature


Michael Dowdy

Title: Professor
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-576-5945
Office: HUO, Room 412

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PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006


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


ENGL 285: Work and Play in U.S. American Literature
ENGL 286H: Poetry: Poetry of the Americas
ENGL 287: American Literature: On Work, Not Working, and the American Dream
ENGL 426: American Poetry: Poetry of Social Engagement
SCHC 450: Borders and Barricades: Reading U.S. Latinx Literature
ENGL 722: Ascendance and Abjection: Reading Latinx Literature
ENGL 841 Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S.


    Winner, 2017 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award
    Winner, 2017 Still: The Journal Creative Nonfiction Contest
    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.

Selected Publications 

   • American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement, as coeditor with Claudia Rankine (Wesleyan University Press, 2018)
   • Urbilly: Poems (Main Street Rag Publishing, 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)

   • “Shakeout Poetics: Documentary Poetry from Men of Fact to Data Bodies.” College Literature. Poetry Networks special issue. Eds. Kamran Javadizadeh and Robert Volpicelli. Forthcoming.
   • “Quarantine Citizen: Latinx Poetry and the Matter of Capital.” In Dialectical Imaginaries: Materialist Approaches to U.S. Latino/a Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism. Eds. Marcial González and Carlos Gallego. University of Michigan Press, 2018.
   • “South Padre Island: A Crash Course in Fatherhood and Patriarchy.” Personal Essay. Scalawag Magazine. Fall 2018. Issue 14.
   • Review of The Poetry of the Americas: From Good Neighbors to Countercultures, by Harris Feinsod. Modernism/modernity. 25.3 (September 2018): 610-613.
   • “U.S. Latino/a Poetry.” In The Cambridge Companion to Latin American Poetry. Ed. Stephen M. Hart. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
   • "Mountainsickness." Still: The Journal. Issue 25 (Fall 2017).
   • “Ten Must-Read Latino Books.” The Writer’s Chronicle (AWP). 50.1 (September 2017): 38-44.
   • “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
    “Cattywampus” Kindred Magazine
    Blast Fragments Tinderbox 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 Regrets Cobalt Review

Recent Presentations

    “Revolutionary Time and Capitalist Space: The Hauntings of 1968.” Panel, Organizer and chair. 1968 in Global Perspectives Conference. University of South Carolina. February 11-14, 2018. Panelists: Michael Dowdy, Eli Jelly-Schapiro, and Seulghee Lee.
    “‘Very California’: 1968, the (Neoliberal) University, and the Future Pasts of Mexican (American) Writing.” Conference Paper. 1968 in Global Perspectives. University of South Carolina, February 2018.
   “Quarantine Citizen: Latinx Poetry and the Matter of Capital.” Paper on the panel for Dialectical Imaginaries: Materialist Approaches to U.S. Latino/a Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism. 4th Biennial Latinx Literary Theory and Criticism Conference. John Jay College, New York, April 25-27, 2019.
   “Global Souths Slantwise.” A Reading and Discussion with Rosa Alcalá, Susan Briante, Mauricio Kilwein Guevara, Farid Matuk, and Rodrigo Toscano. Panel organized, introduced, and moderated. ASAP/10 Annual Conference. New Orleans, October 2018.
    “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. 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.    

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