Adra Raine

April 8, 2018

Degrees

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

Bio

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.


Publications:

  • “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.

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  • “Poetry as ‘Syndrome and Song’ in Bruce Smith’s Devotions.” Free Verse, Issue 22(Spring 2012): n. pag.

Awards

  • 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)

Curriculum Vitae / Resume

Calvin Olsen

April 6, 2018

Degrees

2011, MFA Creative Writing, Boston University

2010, BA English, Brigham Young University

Bio

Calvin is an MA candidate in the Literature, Medicine, and Culture program, and Poetry Editor of The Carolina Quarterly. He is currently completing his thesis, an online anthology of poetry and medicine titled antiBODY.


Publications:

  • Poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Tampa Review, International Poetry Review, The London Magazine, Poetry Daily, Tar River Poetry, The Missouri Review, Lay Bare the Canvas: New England Poets on Art, and many other journals and anthologies.

Teaching Awards

  • ASN/SICE Alumni Association Scholarship for Careers in Education, 2009 & 2010.

Awards

  • Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship – Boston University Creative Writing Program, 2011

Curriculum Vitae / Resume

Martin Groff

April 5, 2018

Degrees

2015, BA English and German, Lebanon Valley College

Bio

I am a PhD student in the English and Comparative Literature department at UNC – Chapel Hill. I graduated from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania in 2015 with a BA in English and German, and creative writing minor. I began in the graduate program at UNC in Fall 2015. My research interests are centered around the destabilization of nationalism and time in 19th century American literature.


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Jessica Slavic Drexel

April 5, 2018

Degrees

2014, MA Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2012, BA German & Latin, Hillsdale College

Bio

I am a comparative modernist scholar specializing in Anglo-American and European poetry and poetics. My dissertation focuses on the poetic epiphany in modernist and secular aesthetic frameworks in Anglo-American and German traditions, with particular attention given to William Carlos Williams, T. S. Eliot, and Rainer Maria Rilke. My analytical framework draws on literary, religious, and philosophical traditions as I examine the phenomenon of the secular epiphany in the twentieth century. In addition to my research, I recently received an award for excellence in teaching English rhetoric and composition at UNC. For this class, I employ a genre-awareness approach that emphasizes interdisciplinary skills such as research, developing a writing process through peer review and revision, and digital literacy; I have particularly enjoyed developing units on film analysis and career readiness.


Teaching Awards

  • Erika Lindeman Teaching Award for Composition and Literature, 2017

Curriculum Vitae / Resume