My first book was entitled Collage in Twentieth-Century Art, Literature, and Culture: Joseph Cornell, William Burroughs, Frank O’Hara, and Bob Dylan (Ashgate, 2014). Exploring the influence of Europe’s artist-émigrés on New York City culture from 1912 onwards, it argued that collage was both a transformative practice and a provocative theoretical model that was central to modernism and its aftermaths, revolutionizing the ways in which literature was written and art and music was made during the twentieth century.
I am currently working on my second book, a cultural history of New York City from the counterculture to the AIDS crisis, tentatively titled Multiple Voices, which explores the relationship between neighborhood change and the poetry written during the period.
I have also written articles or chapters on William Burroughs, Richard Yates, Allen Ginsberg and Frank O'Hara, and Joe Brainard and John Ashbery, and am interested in the study of place, space, and movement, and in the interrelation of literature, art, and music.
I am also working on a project funded by a British Academy Small Grant, called Joe Brainard and the New York School: Material Texts and Digital Cultures (or 'Make Your Own Brainard'), which will digitize and make interactively accessible a selection of previously-unseen collage materials selected by and belonging to artist and poet Joe Brainard.