2008, BA English and Studio Art, Drew University
2010, MA English, University of Maine at Orono
2019 (expected), PhD English, University or North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Adra Raine is a scholar, teacher, and poet who studies and teaches American Literature from the nineteenth century to the present, with a focus on contemporary literature, poetry and poetics, and the innovative tradition. Her dissertation, “Resonance Over Resolution: Resisting Definition in Nathaniel Mackey, Ed Roberson, and Susan Howe’s Post-1968 Poetics” focuses on three major American poets whose works engage the politics of poetic form as an urgent response to global social crisis in the late twentieth century, innovating poetic forms that prefer resonance over resolution: to study all sides of meaning, history, and struggle in cross-cultural relation to one another, rather than resolve into single definitions that privilege one culture of meaning over another.
- “In the Folds: Process and Interval in Nathaniel Mackey’s and Ed Roberson’s Post-1968Poetics,” Paideuma (in review).
- “Excavations of ‘a Reagan Childhood’: Lauren Levin’s The Braid.” Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion (accepted).
- Want-Catcher (New York: The Operating System, 2018)
- “Dear Djamilaa: On Nathaniel Mackey’s From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate.” Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Issue 43 (2015): n.
- “Poetry as ‘Syndrome and Song’ in Bruce Smith’s Devotions.” Free Verse, Issue 22(Spring 2012): n. pag.
- Kirby Dissertation Fellowship, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2018)
- Distinguished Teaching Fellow, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2017)
- Dissertation Research Fellowship, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2017)
- Most Outstanding Graduate Student, English Department, University of Maine at Orono (2010)
- Honorable Mention, Turner Award for Essay Writing, University of Maine at Orono (2010)