My scholarship is interdisciplinary and focusses on twentieth-century U.S. literature and culture. I have a particular interest in the poetry, art, and music of New York City.
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 now writing my second monograph, Multiple Voices: New York City Poetry, 1950-1995, which combines close reading, creative writing, and archival research, to explore the relationship between poetry and the urban, political, and social changes that the city underwent during this time, arguing that socially-situated poetry offers particular sites of resistance. I am also editing a comprehensive new anthology of New York poetry from the eighteenth century to the present day: City of the World: the Poetry of New York (under contract to Fordham University Press, 2021).
I was recently awarded a British Academy Small Grant, for a project called Joe Brainard and the New York School: Material Texts and Digital Cultures (or 'Make Your Own Brainard'), which has digitized and made interactively accessible a selection of previously-unseen collage materials selected by and belonging to New York School artist and poet Joe Brainard. You can make your own Brainard here: www.makeyourownbrainard.com.
I have written or am writing articles and book chapters on the poetry of New York City, American women poet-editors during the mimeograph revolution, Joe Brainard and John Ashbery, Allen Ginsberg and Frank O'Hara, Allen Ginsberg and collage, place, space and identity in Richard Yates, William Burroughs and eating, and William Burroughs and art.