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Faculty and Staff

Michael Dowdy

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

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
English Language and Literature
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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 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
ENGL 426: American Poetry: Poetry of Social Engagement
SCHC 450: Borders and Barricades: Reading U.S. Latinx Literature


    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.

Research Projects 

I am coediting with the poet Claudia Rankine the anthology American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement, which will be published by Wesleyan University Press in Fall 2018. Shorter projects include an essay on Latinx poetry in The Cambridge Companion to Latin American Poetry (ed. Stephen Hart) and an essay on Latinx poetry in Dialectical Imaginaries: Materialist Approaches to U.S. Latino/a Literature (eds. Marcial González and Carlos Gallego), to be published by the University of Michigan Press.

Selected Publications 

    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)

   • "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.
    “Juan Felipe Herrera’s Assemblages and Undocuments.” Paper. Panel: Contemporary Poetics and Race: Intersections in Place and Particularity. Presiding: Rachel Galvin, Timothy Yu. Panelists: Philip Metres, Philip Metres, Sonya Posmentier, Anthony Reed, and Dorothy J. Wang. MLA Annual Convention, January 2018, New York City.
    “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.