C. V.

Ann Keniston

keniston@unr.edu

 

Department of English/0098

University of Nevada, Reno 89557

phone: 775 682-6399

fax: 775 784-6266

Education

Ph.D., English Literature, Boston University, 2002. Dissertation Advisor: Bonnie Costello

M.A., English with a Concentration in Creative Writing, New York University, 1991

B.A. with General Honors, English, University of Chicago, 1983

 

Selected Professional Appointments

 

University of Nevada, Reno, English Department

Professor, 2016-present

Director of Undergraduate Studies 2015-present

Associate Professor, 2008-2016

Assistant Professor, 2002-2008

 

Université de Pau, France (University Studies Abroad Consortium Program)

Visiting Professor, 2006

 

Harvard University, Expository Writing Program

Preceptor, 2001-2002

 

Selected Courses Taught

 

University of Nevada, Reno English Department

Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop (three semesters)

American Literature and Culture

American Poetry (four semesters)

American Poetry 1865-1945 (two semesters)

American Poetry 1945-Present (two semesters)

American Women Poets (graduate seminar)

Contemporary American Literature (three semesters)

Contemporary American Poetry (graduate seminar)

Core Humanities: American Experience and Constitutional Change (honors; three semesters)

Craft of Poetry (graduate seminar)

Ethics and/as Engagement in 21st-century American Literature (graduate seminar)

Expository Writing: Style and Argument

Haunting and Memory in Contemporary American Literature (graduate seminar)

Honors Composition (six semesters)

Nonhuman, Posthuman, Inhuman (graduate seminar)

Modern and Contemporary American Poetry (graduate seminar)

Modern British and American Poetry (three semesters)

Postmodern American Literature (graduate seminar; two semesters)

Space and Place in Recent British and American Fiction (graduate seminar)

Women in Literature (three semesters)

Writing about Literature (five semesters)

 

Université de Pau

American Writers in France

French-American Literary Connections

 

 

Publications

Single-Authored Books

 

Ghostly Figures: Memory and Belatedness in Postwar American Poetry. Contemporary North American Poetry Series. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2015. Recipient of Robert Penn Warren – Cleanth Brooks Award (2016).

 

November Wasps: Elegies. Poetry chapbook. Georgetown, KY: Finishing Line, 2013.

 

Overheard Voices: Subjectivity and Address in Postmodern American Poetry. New York: Routledge Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory Series, 2006. Paper 2015.

 

The Caution of Human Gestures: Poems. Cincinnati: David Robert Books, 2005.

 
Edited Collections

 

The News from Poems: Essays on 21st-century American Engaged Poetry. Coedited essay collection with Jeffrey Gray, including twelve essays plus a cowritten introduction. Ann Arbor, MI: U. of Michigan P, 2016.

 

The New American Poetry of Engagement: A 21st-Century Anthology. Anthology coedited with Jeffrey Gray. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012.

 

Literature after 9/11. Essay collection coedited with Jeanne Follansbee Quinn. New York: Routledge, 2008. Paper 2010.

 

Forthcoming Chapter

 

“Recipient Unknown: Terrorism and Instabilities of Voice in Post-9/11 American Poetry.” Critical Concepts: Terrorism. Ed. Peter Herman. Cambridge UP.

 

Chapter under Review

 

“Economies of Scale: Contemporary Poetry and the Marketplace.” Bloomsbury Companion to Contemporary Poetry. Ed. Craig Svonkin. (accepted abstract; book proposal under review at Bloomsbury)

 

Articles and Book Chapters Published

 

“Introduction: Contemporary Poetry and the Public Sphere.” (Cowritten with Jeffrey Gray.) The News from Poems: New Essays on 21st-century American Engaged Poetry. Ed. Jeffrey Gray and Ann Keniston. U. of Michigan P, 2016.

 

“Echo Revisions: Repetition, Politics, and the Problem of Value in Contemporary Engaged Poetry.” The News from Poems: New Essays on 21st-century American Engaged Poetry. Ed. Jeffrey Gray and Ann Keniston. U. of Michigan P, 2016.

 

“Traumatic Brain Injury in Post-9/11 American Fiction.” Post45 Contemporaries Series. October 2015.

Web.

 

“Introduction: Saying What Happened: Engaged Poetry after the Millennium.” (Cowritten with Jeffrey Gray.) The New American Poetry of Engagement: A 21st-Century Anthology. Eds. Ann Keniston and Jeffrey Gray. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012. 1-19.

 

“The Contemporary American Ode.” A Companion to Poetic Genre. Ed. Erik Martiny. New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. 64-76.

 

“‘Not Needed, Except as Meaning’: Belatedness in Post-9/11 American Poetry.” Contemporary Literature 54.4 (2011): 658-83. Special Issue on Poetry of the 2000s.

 

“Paranoia in Post-9/11 American Fiction.” (Cowritten with Jeanne Follansbee.) Phi Kappa Phi Forum 91 (2011): 16-17. Issue won an APEX Award for Publication Excellence (2012).

 

“Headnote” and “Instructor Guide.” Cluster on “Globalization and Post-9/11 American Culture.” Heath Anthology of American Literature 1945-Present, Vol. E. Sixth Ed. Ed. Quentin Miller. New York: Heath, 2009.

 

“Introduction: Representing 9/11: Literature and Resistance.” (Cowritten with Jeanne Follansbee Quinn.) Literature after 9/11. Eds. Ann Keniston and Jeanne Follansbee Quinn. New York: Routledge, 2008. 1-15.

 

“The Holocaust Again: Sylvia Plath, Belatedness, and the Limits of Lyric Figure.” The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath. Ed. Anita Helle. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2007. 139-58.

 

“‘To feel with a human stranger’: Adrienne Rich’s Postmodern Confession and the Limits of Identification.” Modern Confessional Writing: New Critical Essays. Ed. Jo Gill. London: Routledge, 2005. 50-66.

 

“Beginning with ‘I’: The Legacy of Adrienne Rich’s Of Woman Born.” From Motherhood to Mothering: The Legacy of Adrienne Rich’s Of Woman Born. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Albany: SUNY Press, 2004. 223-40.

 

“‘The fluidity of damaged Form’: Apostrophe and Desire in 1990s Lyric.” Contemporary Literature 42 (2001): 294-324.

 

Review Essays, Essays, and Reviews

 

Review of Catherine Keyser’s Playing Smart: New York Women Writers and Modern Magazine Culture and Caren Irr’s Pink Pirates: Contemporary American Women Writers and Copyright. American Literature, 2011.

 

“Balm after Violence: Louise Gluck’s Averno.” Review essay. Kenyon Review 30:4 (2008): 177-87. Rpt. Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 280. Ed. Jeffrey W. Hunter. Detroit: Gale, 2010. 129-33.

 

Review of Charles Wright’s Scar Tissue. Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment. 15: 2 (2008): 207-9.

 

“Elementary Odes.” Teachers and Writers Magazine 38:2 (2006): 27-35.

 

“Ways of Seeing.” Review of Willard Spiegelman’s How Poets See the World: The Art of Description in Contemporary Poetry and Jeffrey Gray’s Mastery’s End: Travel and Postwar American Poetry. Contemporary Literature 47:3 (2006): 483-90.

 

“Barrenness: An Argument.” Essay/memoir. Gettysburg Review 13:1 (2000): 75-84.

 

“Homo Faber.” Essay/review of Frank Bidart’s Desire. Threepenny Review 79 (1999): 12-15.

 

“Efforts of Influence: Moore and Bishop.” Review of Joanne Feit Diehl’s Elizabeth Bishop and Marianne Moore: The Psychodynamics of Creativity. Contemporary Literature 36 (1995): 384-91.

 

Editorial Work

 

Headnotes on Tillie Olsen, Richard Rodriguez, and the Occupy Movement. Five Hundred Years: America in the World, ed. Scott E. Casper and Richard O. Davies. Sixth ed. 2016.

Cluster on “Globalization and Post-9/11 American Culture.” Heath Anthology of American Literature 1945-Present. Vol. E. Sixth Ed. Ed. Quentin Miller. New York: Heath, 2009.

 

Poems in Journals 2009-2016

 

2016: Gettysburg Review (2 poems), Beloit Poetry Journal (2 poems), Carolina Quarterly (2 poems), Dogwood (3 poems)

 

2015: Crazyhorse (3 poems), Anthem (3 poems)

 

2014: Literary Imagination (1 poem)

 

2013: Antiphon (1 poem), Gris-gris (3 poems), Tampa Review (4 poems)

2012: Cream City Review (2 poems), River Styx (1 poem), Tule Review (2 poems), Missouri Review Online (1 poem)

 

2011: Tar River Poetry (1 poem)

 

2010: Beloit Poetry Review (2 poems), Red Rock Review (2 poems)

 

2009: Antioch Review (1 poem), Interim (2 poems), New Ohio Review (1 poem), Salamander (1 poem)

 

Selected Poems in Journals 1997-2008

 

Memorious (2007, 1 poem), Shade (2006, 3 poems), Epoch (2005, 1 poem), North American Review (2005, 1 poem), Spoon River Poetry Review (2005, 3 poems), Verse Daily (2005, 1 poem), Southwest Review (2005, 1 poem), Pequod (1998, 1 poem), Kenyon Review (1997, 2 poems)

 

Work in Progress

 

Book Manuscripts in Preparation

 

“Economies of Scale: Capitalism and Incorporation in 21st-Century North American Poetry.” A study of economics and value in late 20th– and early 21st-century North American poetry, including chapters focusing on the ways poets represent and manipulate concepts of production, commodification, consumerism, deficit spending, scarcity, and precarity.

 

“Unoriginal: Poems.” A full-length volume of poems based on the case history of Anna O. and subsequent writings about it.

 

“Ethics after Poststructuralism.” Coedited volume with Brendan Johnston and Lee Olsen.

 

Selected Awards and Fellowships

Fellow, Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University, 2017 (pending)

Sabbatical Leave, University of Nevada, Reno, 2016-7, 2008-9

Artist Fellowship Grant, Nevada Arts Council, 2016

Robert Penn Warren – Cleanth Brooks Book Award, 2016 (for Ghostly Figures)

Professional Development Grant, Nevada Arts Council, 2016, 2005 (twice), 2004

Residency/Fellowship and Subvention Award, Camac Arts Center, France, 2016

Residency/Fellowship, Wellspring House, MA, 2016

Residency/Fellowship, Noepe Center for Literary Arts, MA, 2016

Scholarly and Creative Activities Research Grant, College of Liberal Arts, UNR, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2008,   2007, 2006

Summer Research Assistant Grant, English Department, UNR, 2015, 2012, 2011, 2004-2009

Semi-finalist, 42-Miles Poetry Book Competition, 2015

Silver Core Implementation Grant, UNR, 2015

Honorable Mention, Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship, 2014

Honorable Mention, Wordworks Poetry Book Prize, 2014 (second ranked ms. out of 265 submissions)

Finalist, May Swenson Poetry Book Prize, 2014

Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Inductee, UNR, 2013

External Grants Fellowship, UNR, 2012-3

Pushcart Prize Nomination, 2012

Centrum Foundation, Residency/Fellowship, 2009

Ucross Foundation, Residency/Fellowship, 2008, 1996

University of Nevada, Reno Nomination, NEH Summer Stipend, 2008, 2004

Jackpot Grant, Nevada Arts Council, 2008, 2003

Endowment Fund Artist’s Grant, Sierra Arts Foundation, 2007, 2003

Runner-up, Mousel-Feltner Award for Research and Creative Activity, College of Liberal Arts, UNR,

2006 (awarded 2007)

Junior Faculty Research Grant, University of Nevada-Reno, 2004-06

Winner, “Reflections in Motion” Public Art Competition (for poetry on public buses), Clark County, NV,

Department of Parks and Community Services, 2004

Participant, “Five Major Odes” Seminar, Summer Institute in Literary Study, National Humanities

Center, 2004

Runner-up, Stanzas Poetry Prize, David Robert Books, 2004

Teaching Fellowship, New York University Creative Writing Program, 1990-91

Henry James Fellowship, New York University, 1989-90

Phi Beta Kappa, University of Chicago, 1983

 

Invited Talks

“Hysteria, Early Psychoanalysis and Poems.” Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada, December 2016. (pending)

 

“Reimagining Close Reading for the 21st Century.” Keynote Address. Robert Warren Circle, Western Kentucky University, April 2016.

 

“Poems of Loss and Healing.” Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada, January 2016.

 

“The Contemporary Poetry of Social Engagement.” UUFNN, January 2015.

 

“Poetry as Spiritual Practice: Odes and Elegies.” UUFNN, January 2014.

 

“A Celebration of Unitarian and Universalist Poets.” UUFNN, January 2012.

“The New American Poetry of Engagement: Politics and Contemporary Poetry.” Sacramento Poetry

   Center. October 2012.

“Contingent Memorials.” Symposium on “Iraqimemorial.org.” University of Nevada, Reno. March

2010.

 

“Hearing Voices: Haunting in Some Contemporary American Women Poets,” Brown Bag Lunch Series,

UNR Women’s Studies Program, 2003.

 

Selected Presentations

 

“Guilty Remnants: Materiality and Leftovers in Post-9/11 Post-Apocalyptic Fiction.” Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA. January 2017. (pending)

 

“‘The ghosts of the dead filled the empty seats’: Absent Bodies and Ghostly Presence in Post-9/11 American Fiction.” Modern Language Association Convention, Austin, TX. January 2016.

 

“‘Were you afraid / your book would vanish’: The Ersatz Homemade Book in the Digital Age.” Modern Language Association Convention, Austin, TX. January 2016.

 

“‘The within loss’: Dehumanization and Failures of Containment in NourbeSe Philip’s Zong!” Non/Post/Inhumanism Symposium. University of Nevada, Reno. November 2015.

 

“21st-century Poetic Transactions: Reading Economics with Psychoanalysis.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, Durham, NC. October 2015.

 

“Posthuman Economics: Systems of Exchange in Christian Bök’s Recent Sequences.” Approaching Posthumanism and the Posthuman Conference. Geneva, Switzerland. June 2015.

 

“‘A metonym of its disaster’: Ground Zero as Anti-Memorial in Teju Cole’s Open City.” Modern Language Association Convention, Vancouver, BC. January 2015.

 

“Making Money Talk: Commodification in Rae Armantrout’s Post-Recession Poems.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, Riverside, CA. October 2014.

 

“Neuroscience and Amnesia in Post-9/11 American Fiction.” Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Honolulu, HI. January 2014.
“Post-Witness in 21st-Century American Poetry.” Modern Language Association Convention. Boston, MA. January 2013.

 

“Measuring the Political: Form in 21st Century American Poetry.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, Seattle, WA. October 2012.

 

“Melancholia Compressed: Toward a Postwar American Poetics of Belatedness.” Conference on Poetry and Melancholia, University of Stirling, UK. July 2011.

 

“Gifts of the Unlost: Witness and Excess in Anne Carson’s Nox.” American Literature Association Conference. May 2011.

 

“Economics and the Gift in Postmodern American Poetry.” “After the New Modernist Studies: Rethinking the Postmodern” Seminar. Modernist Studies Association Conference. November 2010.

 

“Redefining the Figurative: The Interleaf in Susan Howe’s The Midnight.” “Marginal Modernisms: Texts and Paratexts” Seminar. Modernist Studies Association Conference. November 2010. (Unofficial participant)

 

“Didactic Elegies after 9/11.” Modern Language Association Convention. December, 2009.

 

“‘The little that we get for free’: Gifts, Commodities, and the Economics of Loss in Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘Poem.’” Modern Language Association Convention. December, 2008.

 

 

Selected Conference Panels Organized and Chaired

 

Panel Organizer. “Poetic Materials.” Modern Language Association Convention. January 2016.

 

Panel Organizer and Chair. “21st-Century American Poetry.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Literature Association Conference. October 2014. (2 panels)

 

Panel Chair. “American Literature.” Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Honolulu, HI. January 2014.
Panel Organizer. “Political and Social Engagement in 21st-Century American Poetry.” American Literature Association Conference. May 2013.

 

Panel Chair. “American Poetry and the Political in the New Millennium.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Literature Association Conference. October 2012.

 

Panel Organizer and Chair. “Didacticism in Contemporary American Poetry.” Special Session. Modern Language Association Convention, December 2009.

 

 

Selected Invited Poetry Readings

 

Sundance Bookstore, Reno, NV 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2007, 2005.

Sacramento Poetry Center, Sacramento, CA 2014, 2008.

Boston University (host of group reading) 2013.

Boston Public Library (host of group reading) 2013.

Concord Academy, Concord, MA, 2013, 2005.

Women’s Writing Salon. Grass Valley, CA 2011.

Lassen County Arts Center, Susanville, CA 2010.

Regis College, Weston, MA 2008.

Community College of Southern Nevada, North Las Vegas, NV, 2007.

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT, 2007.

Wellfleet Public Library, Wellfleet, MA 2007.

Z-Arts, Springdale, UT, 2007.

Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe, CA 2006.

Université de Pau, Pau, France, 2006.

University of Nevada, Reno, 2005.

Blacksmith House, Cambridge, MA, 2005.

Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, MA, 2005.

Guest Poetry Workshops

Concord Academy, Concord, MA, 2013, 2005.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada, Reno, 2013, 2012

Lassen County Arts Center, Susanville, CA, 2010.

Z-Arts, Springdale, UT, 2007.

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT, 2007.

Community College of Southern Nevada, North Las Vegas, NV, 2007.

 

 

Selected Courses Taught

 

University of Nevada, Reno English Department

Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop (three semesters)

American Literature and Culture

American Poetry (four semesters)

American Poetry 1865-1945 (two semesters)

American Poetry 1945-Present (two semesters)

American Women Poets (graduate seminar)

Contemporary American Literature (three semesters)

Contemporary American Poetry (graduate seminar)

Core Humanities: American Experience and Constitutional Change (honors; three semesters)

Craft of Poetry (graduate seminar)

Ethics and/as Engagement in 21st-century American Literature (graduate seminar)

Expository Writing: Style and Argument

Haunting and Memory in Contemporary American Literature (graduate seminar)

Honors Composition (six semesters)

Nonhuman, Posthuman, Inhuman (graduate seminar; pending)

Modern and Contemporary American Poetry (graduate seminar)

Modern British and American Poetry (three semesters)

Postmodern American Literature (graduate seminar; two semesters)

Space and Place in Recent British and American Fiction (graduate seminar)

Women in Literature (three semesters)

Writing about Literature (five semesters)

 

Université de Pau

American Writers in France

French-American Literary Connections

 

Harvard University Expository Writing Program

The Confession (two semesters)

 

Teaching Interests

 

History and Theory of Poetry; 20th and 21st Century Poetry; and Postmodern American Literature and Theory; Modernism (British and American); Gender in Literature and Theory; Lyric Theory; Psychoanalysis and Literature; Creative Writing (Poetry); Literature and Public Engagement; Contemporary Fiction

 

Service
Professional

Editorial Advisor, College Literature, 2010-12

Nominee, Poetry Division Executive Committee, MLA, 2010

Promotion review for Beloit College, 2010

Promotion review for UCLA, 2009

Book manuscripts evaluated for Routledge Books, Cambridge UP, Notre Dame UP, U of Virginia P.

Article manuscripts evaluated for College Literature, Contemporary Literature, Islamic Studies, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, LIT, Modern Language Studies, Pacific Coast Philology, and PMLA.

 

English Department, University of Nevada, Reno

Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2015-present. Advise students, monitor program status, supervise

academic advisors, compile data for and write part of departmental self-study, devise and implement

new recruiting and retention programming, assemble and chair ad hoc committee evaluating foundation

courses.

Undergraduate Committee, Chair, 2015-present.

Planning Committee, 2015-present. With other departmental officers, advise chair on departmental issues.
Scholarship Committee, 2015-present.

MFA Committee, 2013-present.

Fiction Writer Search Committee, 2015-6.

Global Anglophone Search Committee, 2015-6.

Department Scheduler, 2014-15. Devised department schedule and determined staffing for all 200- to

700-level courses for two regular and four off-terms (approximately 200 courses).

Literature Committee, Chair 2013-2015, 2007-2008; member 2015-16, 2009-13, 2005-6. Oversaw silver

plan syllabus submission; revised literature course rotation; invited, hosted, and obtained funding for

visiting scholars; reviewed and made comments on course schedules. Invited, Introduced, and Hosted Visiting Writers/Scholars Host, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

Core Writing Lecturer and Assistant Director Search Committees, Chair 2014.

Literature and Environment Committee, 2012-2013.

Graduate Committee, 2011-2013, 2006-2008

Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2009-present

Judge, Undergraduate Writing Competitions, 2011, 2006, 2004, 2003

Americanist Search Committee, 2010-12, Chair 2010-11

Personnel Committee, 2009-2011

Grade Appeal Board, 2010

Poet Search Committee, 2009-10

Public Occasions Committee, 2004-2008

Core Writing Lecturer Search Committee, 2007, 2005

Undergraduate Committee, 2002-2006

Ethnic Americanist Search Committee, 2005-06

Fiction Search Committee, UNR, 2003-04

“What Do Professors Do All Day?,” Brown Bag Lunch Series, UNR English Department, 2004

“Getting an MFA” and “Careers in Publishing,” Brown Bag Lunch Series, 2003

 

College of Liberal Arts, University of Nevada, Reno

Personnel Committee, 2014-present

Interim Dean Search Committee, 2015-16

Core Humanities 203 SLO and New Reader taskforces, 2014-15

Commentator, College of Liberal Arts Graduate Student Conference, 2015, 2014

Mousel-Feltner Award Selection Committee, 2014, 2010-12

CLA Scholarship Committee, 2011

Fellowship Judge, Jean Ford Women’s Studies Scholarship, 2011

Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee, 2005-2008

Subcommittee to the Leadership Committee, 2004-2005

 

University of Nevada, Reno

Research and Professional Development Committee, 2013-2014

Academic Standards Committee, 2013-14, Chair 2011-12; 2005-08, 2009-10, 2013-14;

Subcommittee Chair, 2011-12, 2009-10, 2007-08

Ad Hoc Committee to Evaluate the Bachelor of General Studies Degree, 2012

Honors Undergraduate Research Award Selection Committee, 2009

External Scholarships Taskforce, 2004-2008

Taskforce on Work and Family, 2004-2007

 

Community

Judge, Poetry Out Loud, Washoe County Semifinals, 2014, 2010

Visiting Poet, Sage Ridge School, 2012-13, 2008-2009

“Poems and Music about Birds,” Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada, 2012

Poetry Reading Salon: Autumn Poems, UUFNN, 2011

Visiting Poet, Mount Rose Elementary School, 2008-2009

Online Colloquium Facilitator, “Poetry Writing Workshop,” Davidson Young Scholars Program, 2009

Poet in Residence, Jessie Beck Elementary School, 2004-08

Poet in Residence, Mount Rose Elementary School, 2002-04

Instructor, Poetry Workshop, Afterschool Program, Traner Middle School, Fall 2003

 

Languages

 

French

Spanish

 

References

 

Available on request

 

 

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