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José Felipe Alvergue
Victoria Brockmeier
Jon Cotner
Kristina Marie Darling

Robert Dewhurst

Stephanie Farrar

Soma Feldmar

Zack Finch
Jordan Green
David Hadbawnik

Adam Katz

Morani Kornberg-Weiss

Margaret Konkol
Shiv Kotecha

Warren Lloyd
Holly Melgard
Justin Parks
Courtney Pfahl
Sean Reynolds

Andrew Rippeon
Siobhán Scarry
Andrea Strudensky
Divya Victor

Joseph Yearous-Algozin


josé felipe alvergue has an MFA from the Cal Arts School of Critical

Studies, and is currently a doctoral candidate writing on Cecilia

Vicuña, Theresa Cha, and Myung Mi Kim. He has given papers on Vicuña,

the Japanese architect Toyo Ito, and the TIjuana based art collective,

Torolab. josé works on poetics where the term intersects architecture,

performance, media study, and philosophy. This intersdisciplinary

approach to research carries over into his performance based work,

most recently the completion of a three part work, _cor-_, performed

at the ACA Galleries in Chelsea, NY, the &NOW Conference on

Experimental Writing, in Buffalo, NY, and for the St. Mark's Poetry

Project, in the Bowery. His book, _us look up/ there red dwells_ was

published by Queue Books, 2008. josé teaches poetry to children for

Just Buffalo, and wants to teach undergraduates a course on Walking.

josé is also an amateur cyclist, and won a gold medal as a member of

2010's Western New York team at the Empire State Games.

Victoria Brockmeier is primarily interested in modernism. Ongoing projects include tracing out the relationship between poetry and the language of psychosis, or perhaps more properly that of “unreason”; Frankfurt school aesthetics; masculinity, history-making, inheritance & education in Joyce; the possibilities for formal innovation in criticism; and, the eventual topic of my dissertation, 20th-century mythopoesis.

Focus of project: For millennia, devotional and divinely-inspired poetry was the norm; suddenly, early in the 20th century mystic experience and poetry become unloosed from each other, or at least their workings together become obscured. I’m curious to formulate an explanation of why, and of how mythic poetry does go on, in various ways. There’s a direct throughline of interest from Pound through HD, Robert Duncan and Nate Mackey; I’m also interested in Yeats, Eliot, Hart Crane, Jack Spicer, Anne Carson, and others. Poetry has appeared in New Letters, LIT, Chelsea, Inkwell, Natural Bridge, and other magazines and is forthcoming in Pleiades: a journal of new writing. In 2006 I started a reading series and an associated small press project called dove|tail which has so far featured Laura Mullen, Matthew Cooperman, and Tim Donnelly. “I bake a phenomenal cheesecake, love NFL football, and enjoy knitting complicated cable and lace patterns.”

Jon Cotner focuses on the practice of dialogue in poetry, philosophy, and anthropology. He is the author, with Andy Fitch, of Ten Walks/Two Talks (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Cotner and Fitch recently completed another manuscript called Conversations over Stolen Food. Cotner has performed his dialogic improvisations across the country and internationally.

Kristina Marie Darling is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Poetics Program, where her research interests include Modernist poetry, experimental women's writing, and feminist literary theory.  She is the author of eight books of poetry:  Night Songs (Gold Wake Press, 2010), Compendium (Cow Heavy Books, 2011), The Body is a Little Gilded Cage: A Story in Letters & Fragments (Gold Wake Press, 2012), Melancholia (An Essay) (Ravenna Press, 2012), Palimpsest (Patasola Press, forthcoming in 2012), The Moon & Other Inventions:  Poems After Joseph Cornell (BlazeVOX Books, forthcoming in 2012), Correspondence (Scrambler Books, forthcoming in 2013), and Petrarchan (BlazeVOX Books, forthcoming in 2013). Kristina is also the editor of a forthcoming anthology, narrative (dis)continuities: prose experiments by younger american writers (Moria Books, 2012).  She has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and the Ragdale Foundation, as well as grants from the Kittredge Fund and the Elizabeth George Foundation.  Visit her online at

Robert Dewhurst is studying contemporary lyric, New American, and New Narrative poetics. He is interested in the theory and history of the lyric, affect and emotionality, queer theory, textual criticism/editorial theory, and print culture. He is an associate editor for Semiotext(e), edits the small magazine Satellite Telephone, and co-edits Wild Orchids (with Sean Reynolds). He is planning a dissertation on the poet John Wieners.



Journals edited:


WILD ORCHIDS 1-2 (2009, 2010).  Graduate student scholarly publication, University at Buffalo.  Festschrifts dedicated to unexpected authors (Melville, Hannah Weiner), include contributions from poets, visual artists, scholars, and literary theorists. Vol. 3 (William Blake) forthcoming in May 2011. See: <>.

Satellite Telephone 1-3 (2007, 2008, 2010).  Self-published small literary magazine assembled in the DIY spirit of mimeo; contributors have included Eileen Myles, Fanny Howe, and Tracey Emin. See: <>.


"Gay Sunshine, Pornopoetic Collage, and Queer Archive." Porn Archives. Tim Dean, ed. Forthcoming, SUNY Press, 2011.

"Dorothea Lasky, It's Unbelievable."  ON Contemporary Practice 2 (Mar. 2010): 51-4.

"A Philosophy of Surrender: David Rattray in Puerto Angel." Semiotext(e) Online.  September 2006. 



"In Public: John Wieners's Audio-Video Archive." Small Press in the Archive lecture series, hosted by the Poetry Collection at the University at Buffalo (curator, Margaret Konkel), 3 December 2010.

"On Hannah Weiner's Country Girl." Roundtable on Hannah Weiner hosted by the University at Buffalo Poetics Program (Dir., Myung Mi Kim), 29 October 2010. With Patrick Durgin (Art Institute of Chicago), Kaplan Harris (St. Bonaventure University), and Marta Werner (D'Youville College).


Rev. of Boone, Bruce.  Century of CloudsCallicoon, NY: Nightboat Books, 2010.  Poetry Project Newsletter 223 (Apr/May 2010): 30.

Stephanie Farrar's dissertation is concerned with the ways that modes of poetic address engage with contemporary political discourses and in reassessing the formal and historical constitution of literary modernism in America poetry from the mid-nineteenth-century through the 1930’s. The dissertation committee is chaired by Professor Cristanne Miller, with Professors Myung Mi Kim and Ewa Ziarek. Stephanie earned her B.A. in English with Honors at the University of California at Davis and her M.A. in Literature at the University of California at San Diego where her thesis was directed by Professor Michael Davidson. She a member of the Poetics graduate Group and has participated in a Poet’s Theatre rendition of Kevin Killian’s “Celebrity Hospital,” in a (co)lludere performance project with Margaret Konkol curated by Divya Victor, in the collaborative printing press project “Scrap-Paper,” among other poetry events and projects. She has given papers at The Louisville Twentieth Century Conference and NEMLA where she proposed and chaired a panel. She is serving on a hiring committee this year, and is a member of professional organizations including NEMLA, MLA, and The Nineteenth-Century Women Writers Group. In addition to teaching literature and composition classes at UB, Stephanie is currently teaching a graduate seminar on the cultural work of American poetry in the nineteenth-century at St. Bonaventure University.

  Soma Feldmar:

English PhD in Poetics

Bio: Born in Vancouver, BC, Soma Feldmar grew up there and on the surrounding islands. She has, at different times in her life, been a dancer, model, actor, stage hand, theater lighting designer, production manager for a performance space, office assistant, administrative assistant, teacher’s assistant, teacher, scholar, student, and poet. Her first book of poems, Other, was published in November 09 by CUE books, out of North Vancouver, BC. She has been a member of the Kootenay School of Writing since 2002. Her MFA in Writing & Poetics is from Naropa University, and she is currently a PhD candidate in the Poetics Program of the English Department at SUNY Buffalo.

Research Interests: Located primarily in 20th and 21st century poetry and poetics, with the occasional and precise limb probing history for lineage and community, I am interested in the intersections of language and ethics, including poethics, temporality, the relationships between experience, language, body, and time, as well as how these play out in the polis; what their, its, politics is, in relation to power and lack of power.

Current Orals Committee:

Ming Qian Ma, Ewa Plonowska Ziarek, Krzysztof Ziarek


·         Graduate Poetics Group – Treasurer

·         English Composition Program – Comp. Instructor

·         English Graduate Students Union – Voting Member

·         English Department – Admissions Committee


·         MFA in Writing and Poetics, received from Naropa University: 2005

                            - Steven Taylor, Anselm Hollo



“Literal Eros(ion)” in Bombay Gin 26: 2000

“Eros” in Transgendered Tapestry: 2001

“Depth Perception” in For Immediate Release: Sept 2002

“Painting Words” in Front Magazine: March 2003

“Well I never” in Front Magazine: Sept 2003

“Facial Fragments” in Front Magazine: Nov 2003

“First 3 pages of Moving Target” in Front Magazine: June 2004

“Let Explore Forms,”

“Facial Fragments,”

“This is not a poem either,”

“Well I never” all in W7: Fall 2003

“Fear” in West Coast Line: Spring 2004

Unperformable Text of Performance of ‘Stone’” in Nerve Lantern: Summer 2004

Selection from “If Language” in Bombay Gin 32: Summer 06

Selection from “If Language” on Made up Movement: Fall 06

Selection from “Fortune Poems” on Spring 06



Other. CUE Books: Nov 2009


“Language is Love: A Blaserian Poethics” on Spring 06


Of “Wanders” by Robin Blaser and Meredith Quartermain in The Rain (Vancouver Review of       Books): Oct 2003

Zack Finch is interested in Poetry & Poetics, Philosophy, Music, Art. Poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Poetry, Radical Society, Forklift, Ohio, Tin House,, 88, Gulf Coast, Shankpainter, Green Mtns Review… Book Reviews in Boston Review. Essays in P-Queue and I Have Imagined a Center (essays on Susan Howe)

Jordan Green works on romantic poetry; aesthetics of violence and catastrophe

  David Hadbawnik is a poet and performer currently living with his wife in Buffalo, NY. Recent publications include the books Translations From Creeley (Sardines, 2008), Ovid in Exile (Interbirth, 2007), and SF Spleen (Skanky Possum, 2006); essays in Jacket and Chicago Review; and poems in Damn the Caesars, Little Red Leaves, and Exquisite Corpse. He is the editor and publisher of Habenicht Press and the journal kadar koli. He began studying towards his PhD in poetics at SUNY Buffalo in fall 2008, where he directs the Buffalo Poets Theater. He also hosts a house reading series that typically features one poet from the UB poetics program and one poet from the Buffalo community.

kadar koli (Slovene: “Whenever”) is an occasional journal that publishes innovative poetry, translation, visual art, and criticism. The most recent issue includes work from Brenda Iijima, Nathaniel Mackey, Clifton Riley, Susan Briante, Kim Gek Lin Short, Ammiel Alcalay, Richard Owens, Eileen Myles, and others.

At the University at Buffalo, David is involved in the Poetics Program and the Graduate Poetics Group, and he also founded with other students the Medieval Early Modern Student Association, which recently collaborated with other organizations to bring guest speaker Jeffrey Jerome Cohen to UB. Other interests include psychoanalysis, philosophy, and language study (Latin and Old English). He is currently working with Profs. Randy Schiff, Joan Copjec, Steve McCaffery, and Graham Hammill, and his field is medieval literature with a focus on poetics. Specifically, he is considering questions of authorship and loss in poetry through the lens of language and translation.

He has served as an officer in the GPG, MEMSA, and in various capacities in the English Graduate Student Association, including senator, union rep, admissions committee, etc.

His imprint habenicht press ( has published the following titles:

Sarah Peters, Curses and Other Love Poems, 2002;

Diane di Prima, The Ones I Used to Laugh With, 2003;

Mytili Jagannathan, Acts, 2003;

Dale Smith, Notes No Answer, 2005;

kadar koli 1, Spring 2007

kadar koli 2, Fall 2007

kadar koli 3, Spring 2008

kadar koli 4, Spring 2009

kadar koli 5, Spring 2010

Micah Robbins, Crass Songs of Sand & Brine, 2010

Buffalo Poets Theater, in collaboration with graduate poetics students at UB and Buffalo community poets, has produced the following events:

Robert Duncan, The Origins of Old Son; Barbara Guest, The Office; excerpts from Hannah Weiner’s Clairvoyant Journal: March 5, 2009, Burchfield Penney Art Museum.

Kevin Killian and Karla Milosevich, Celebrity Hospital, April 2, 2009, Burchfield Penney Art Museum.

Excerpts from Eileen Myles’ libretto Hell, October 24, 2009, Just Buffalo’s “Big Night” series at WNYBAC.

Excerpts from Jack Spicer’s Troilus, February 27, 2010, Just Buffalo’s “Big Night” series at WNYBAC.

“The Cinema Cabaret”: an evening of live film narration, with Konrad Steiner, Morani Kornberg-Weiss, Jen Hofer, Holly Melgard, Joey Yearous-Algozin, Robin Brox, and Todd Mattina, March 17, 2010, at Hallwalls Cinema.

Carla Harryman, Memory Play, October 30, 2010, at Just Buffalo’s “Big Night” series at WNYBAC.


  Adam Katz is a first year Ph.D. candidate in the Poetics Program.  Currently interested in the possibility that certain kinds of poetry could cause an experience of time that’s different from how time is normally experienced, and in how this different temporal experience could cause different kinds of behavior.  Interested in the Objectivists, Berkeley Renaissance, Language writing, and how these movements and/or their readings of each other are addressed in contemporary (anti-)lyric practice such as A Tonalist etc.  Also interested in how ideas of poetry, writing, time, and being are situated in texts of continental philosophy / critical theory, and how poets respond to these philosophical/critical situations.

His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in BlazeVOX, EOAGH, POOL, Otoliths, Reconfigurations, Sous Rature, and elsewhere; his essay "Meditation and Methodology" (on poetic craft pedagogy/politics, Derrida, vipassana, Robert Hass, Heidegger, and George Oppen) is forthcoming in the anthology Imaginary Syllabi (ed. Jane Sprague) from Palm Press; and he presented the chapbook White, Blue, Red, & Charcoal-Grey, a collaboration with the visual artist and architect Jackie Stluka, at the 2009 &Now conference.

  Morani Kornberg-Weiss moved from Tel Aviv to Buffalo in order to pursue a Ph.D. in English at SUNY Buffalo's Poetics Program. Her main interests revolve around 19th and 20th century poetry and poetics, the lyric tradition, theories of the body, Marxism, Feminist Theory, and the intersection between poetry and the visual arts. She is interested in the way voice and body intersect within lyrical practice and the cultural and social conditions of lyrical individuation, collectivity, and history. She presented a paper on Jack Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues at the University of Birmingham, UK and will deliver a paper on Sylvia Plath’s ekphrastic works at the upcoming NeMLA conference held at Rutgers University. Her administrative services include: Graduate Poetics Group treasury, Composition Committee, and Admissions Committee. Her poems have been published in Voices Israel Anthology 2009, Re-Vision: A Collection of Poetry and Prose, Papilio: A Collection of Poetry, and Genius Floored, and she has also translated English poetry into Hebrew. Currently, she is at work on a series of poems that examine the art of origami, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and pornography.

  Margaret Konkol

Margaret Konkol’s dissertation Modernizing Nature traces the parallel emergence of environmental thinking in popular and avant-garde discourse in trans-local contexts between the years 1914 and 1964. Toward the completion of this dissertation Margaret has been awarded the Mark Diamond Dissertation Research Grant, the Humanities Institute Grant to attend the Digital Humanities Summer Institute and, from the Modernist Studies Association, a travel grant enabling her to present at the annual conference. The dissertation is chaired by Professor Cristanne Miller, with Professors Stacy Hubbard and Myung Mi Kim.


She received her B.A. from Reed College and her M.A. from the University of Virginia where she wrote her thesis on radio performance and community formation in the poetry of Jamaican poet Louise Bennett. Her primary interests include twentieth and twenty-first century poetry and poetics. Her secondary research interests are environmentalism, cultural studies, textual criticism, and digital humanities.

Teaching and Residencies

In addition to environmental literature and composition courses at UB, Margaret has, for the past three years, served as a writer-in-residence for Writing with Light, the joint education program of CEPA Gallery and Just Buffalo Literary Center.

Recent Conferences, Publications, Performances

Margaret attended the 2010 Modernist Studies Association in Victoria, British Columbia where she organized a session titled "Networks and Ecologies of Female Modernisms” for which she gave a paper on gender and nature in Mina Loy’s “Songs to Joannes.” As an invited speaker to the Black Mountain North Symposium (October 8-10, 2010) Margaret delivered “Conversion to Her: Robert Creeley’s Transgender Poetics.” Her article “Creeley in Age: Negative Poetics in Robert Creeley’s Late Work” appears in Jacket 31.

Her poems have been published in Shampoo, Little Red Leaves, Ekleksographia, and Damn The Caesars. For Buffalo Poet’s Theater Margaret directed Barbara Guest’s play “The Office,” and for (co)ludere collaborated on a performance project with Stephanie Farrar.


Margaret curates the Mildred Lockwood Lacey Small Press in the Archive Lecture Series which she founded in 2007. The series draws on materials in The Poetry Collection at SUNY Buffalo in order to explore community/discourse formations, the status of ephemera and the making of genre, the conditions of literary production, transatlantic cross-pollinations in and between specific magazines, the careers of poets, the role of book art, and how the little magazine functions in the making of the avant-garde.

  Shiv Kotecha studies 20th-century poetry and poetics.  His interests lie in poetic translation and erasure, epistolary exchange as lyric practice, and the serial poem in its many mid-20th century incarnations. His piece LRYIC is forthcoming in the journal Becoming Poetics.

Warren Lloyd came to UB with an MFA in ‘New Forms’ which is a multi-media approach to fine art, taking shape, primarily, in the form of installations, performances, video and textual explorations. His work has focused on the way language and images work together to create meaning. Within the last two years the focus of his work has been involved with engaging assumptions about fine-art, while taking issue with surveillance culture, the medical gaze, and identity (production). Focus of project: I’m interested in the social and historical potentialities of language based writing, its possible engagement with the body, trauma studies, working-class narratives and early modernism. Creating forms of creative scholarship and fusing poetics with historical and contemporary criticism are among my central projects. I’m also working on a project called Moving, which deals with how the moving of household furniture relates to writing and naming. The project focuses on parallels between the two, which intersect at areas of possession, private property, objects (furniture), labor, and homes. Work has appeared in Homonumos Magazine ( Beijing), There Journal, Vibrant gray, and a review of Maria Damon and mIEKAL aND’s book: pleasure TEXT possession is forthcoming at Moria Poetry.


  Holly Melgard is an incoming co-editor of P-Queue ( along with Joseph Yearous-Algozin, which is a journal of contemporary aesthetics and poetics, where writings appear beside enactments of such critical or theoretical positions: unruly forms (2007), responsibility (2008), spatiality (2009), polemic (2010); planning to continue this in 2011 with an issue on “document.” She is the out-going president of the Graduate Poetics Group, ongoing editor of Con-Verse (constraint-based trans-crip/lat-ion series), former editor of Slightly West (TESC Evergreen-based lit-journal), and forthcoming author of the poetry chapbook Narcsolicitation (TROLL THREAD). Sections of her manuscript Echochambermusic have been published or are forthcoming in Boog City, Scrap Paper, PRESS, Wheelhouse Magazine, and TROLL THREAD.

Richard Owens is interested in 20th and 21st Century Anglophone poetry, Marxist and post Marxist theory. Focus of project: The thrust of my project, although not yet clearly defined, involves an investigation of the (re)mapping of space and those strategically constructed oppositional identities which emerge in the longer autobiographical poems of Basil Bunting, Hugh MacDiarmid, David Jones, Lynette Roberts, Mina Loy and others.
Publications: Editor. Damn the Caesars is a journal of contemporary poetry and poetics committed to fostering a transnational, transoceanic dialogue among poets, artists, and critics. The journal has enjoyed generous support from the David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters (Steve McCaffery), the James H. McNulty Chair (Dennis Tedlock), and the Samuel P. Capen Chair of Poetry and the Humanities (Susan Howe). Editor/ Publisher: Punch Press is a small press imprint which has brought out letterpress chapbooks and broadsides. Recent titles include Brian Mornar’s Repatterning and Dale Smith’s Susquehanna. My writing has appeared in the following journals: Jacket, Skanky Possum, Rain Taxi, Aufgabe, Big Bridge, Cipher Journal, BlazeVOX, O Poss, Kadar Koli, Origin (6th Series in memory of Cid Corman), House Organ, and Maximum Rock-n-Roll.

Justin Parks is interested in Modernist poetry, Black Mountain poets, post-structuralist theory. Focus of project: I am currently thinking about the idea of the local in poetry, and particularly in the work of Charles Olson and Edward Dorn.

Courtney Pfahl is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate, and participates in the Poetics Program and recently founded Modernisms graduate group.  Her research interests include theory, the avant-garde, visual poetry, visual art, experimental books, and film.  Under the advisement of Krzysztof Ziarek, Steve McCaffery, and William Solomon, Courtney is working on her dissertation, with the working title Un-Reading Authority: On the Possibility of a Machtlose Text.  This project is responding to Jacques Rancière’s explicit discussion of the “emancipated spectator” in his recent book by the same name, and Martin Heidegger’s implicit, though arguably necessary, assumption in his later writings of a power-free text.  It will explore whether it is possible to have a text free of power relationships, and what that text would be.  This dissertation will be mainly focused on mid- to later twentieth-century, North American poetry, and will be concerned specifically with texts that complicate or seek to destroy the subject-object distinction inherent in the author-reader relationship.

              Courtney creates artist’s books and paintings, and she has also recently published single poems in Wild Orchids (“Transposition of ‘A Utilitarian View of the Monitor’s Fight’”) and Scrap Paper (“with evoweling N”).  She also designed the 18+ foot accordion-fold book-form out of used inter-office envelopes to collect the broadsides from various poets for Scrap Paper, which was produced to coincide with Poet-Publishers: A Contemporary Small Press Symposium (2009).


“Innocence Unleashed!: Monstrous Children in Eraserhead and The Brood.” PCA/ACA Conference.  St. Louis, Spring 2010.

Benjaminian Aura in Bill Viola’s Filmic Art.”  Spectres and Spectators Graduate Student Conference. University of Rochester, Spring 2009.

“Painting Eve in Six Steps” (poem). Women in Philosophy Annual Symposium.  Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Fall 2009.

Sean Reynolds studies 20th-century poetry, the history of the English language, and Greek tragedy. He is particularly interested in translation theory and the cultural and poetic role of the “dead language.” His language studies have included Ancient Greek, Latin, and Anglo-Saxon, among others. He is planning a dissertation on translations by American poets since the mid-20th century. With Robert Dewhurst, he co-edits the critical journal Wild Orchids ( He has presented (or is scheduled to present) conference papers on David Melnick’s Men in Aida, the Anglo-Saxon Metrical Charms, and Jack Spicer’s Beowulf.

Orals Committee: Kalliopi Nikolopoulou, Myung Mi Kim, Krzysztof Ziarek


  Andrew Rippeon, editor of the journal P-Queue (2007 – 2010) and of QUEUE Books (2007 – present), received the 2010 Gray Chair Dissertation Fellowship for his dissertation-in-progress, tentatively titled Lyric Resource.  The project considers the critical and social-political value of poetic sound, and includes a historical survey of lyric theory as well as investigations of recent and contemporary poets, with chapters on Larry Eigner, Jayne Cortez, and Kamau Brathwaite.  Under the advisement of Myung Mi Kim and Cristanne Miller in English, and Krzysztof Ziarek in Comparative Literature, work on Lyric Resource, is expected to conclude in the summer of 2011, for defense the following fall.

              This year, Rippeon brings his four-year editorship of P-Queue ( to a conclusion as he hands off the editorship to current students Holly Melgard and Joey Yearous-Algozin.  Having received the position from founding editor Sarah Campbell, Rippeon has made the longevity of the journal a priority under his tenure, and P-Queue remains the only Poetics publication currently in operation after the tenure of its founding editor(s) .  After Campbell’s three issues (1: “From Poetry to Prose,” 2: “Anomalies”, and 3: “Hybrids”), Rippeon has curated issues on “Disobedient/s” (4), “Care” (5), “Space” (6), and “Polemic” (7). 

              Working to expand the journal’s print- as well as web-presence, Rippeon also established a chapbook series parallel to the journal, and through it has published more than half-a-dozen chapbooks by more than 10 writers and artists often working in collaboration.  Several titles are forthcoming, and the catalog to-date includes The Plans Caution (architect Richard Taransky and poet Michelle Taransky, herself winner of the 2008 OmniDawn Poetry Prize, selected by Marjorie Welish), Mobius Crowns (Srikanth Reddy and Dan Beachy-Quick), us look up / there red dwells (José Felipe Alvergue), the precipice of jupiter (poet erica lewis and visual artist mark stephen finein), Eyechart Poems (Geof Huth), Pre-Chewed Tapas (visual artist Jimbo Blachly and poet Lytle Shaw), and with Michael Cross the festschrift Building is a Process / Light is an Element: Essays and Excursions for Myung Mi Kim.  Throughout, both P-Queue and QUEUE have sought to engage with the long tradition of small- and fine-press work at the University at Buffalo and in the greater western New York region.

              Over the course of his graduate term in Buffalo, Rippeon has co-organized a number of conferences and symposia of various sizes, including “George Oppen: A Centenary Conversation” (Spring 2008, with Zack Finch, Siobhan Scarry, and Andrea Strudensky), “A Symposium on DURA” (Fall 2008, with Justin Parks), and “Poet-Publishers: A Small Press Symposium” (Spring 2009, with Rich Owens).  In 2008, he co-founded with Siobhan Scarry the Graduate Poetics Group, and served that year as the group’s Vice-President.  The Group has continued to operate as a strong force within the Poetics community in a number of ways: as a source of funding for students in the English Department as well as other departments affiliated with Poetics, as a repository for student input to Poetics programming and curricula, and in offering service opportunities to graduate students in Poetics. 

             Recent essays and reviews are also available or forthcoming in Attention Span, Jacket2 and The Poetic FrontPRIEST, a chapbook of poems, was commissioned by the Vigilance Society in 2009, and represents the first installment in an ongoing series under the same title.  Rippeon will appear this month in the Segue Reading Series at the Bowery Poetry Club, discussing P-Queue as well as performing his own work.  He lives in Buffalo with his partner and their hound dog, Mabel.

  Siobhán Scarry's dissertation project explores the ways in which poetries from Whitman and Dickinson up through the mid 20th century have engaged with and re-envisioned notions of community; points of critical inquiry/entry include lyric structures of address, intersubjectivity, the politics of friendship, and the intertextual. Articles based on this project are forthcoming in Jacket2, Sagetrieb, and with the collection Reading Duncan Reading: Essays on the Poetics of Derivation (University of Iowa Press). During her time in Buffalo, Siobhán co-founded (with Andrew Rippeon) the Graduate Poetics Group and served as its first president, as well as organized (with Zach Finch, Andrew Rippeon, and Andrea Strudensky) the spring 2008 conference "George Oppen: A Centenary Conversation." Through the Just Buffalo organization, she taught for years as a visiting poet in the public schools.

Siobhán's creative work (both poetry and fiction) has appeared in jubilat, Greensboro Review, Mid-American Review, Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, Five Fingers Review, P-Queue, and other journals; recently named 1st runner-up in the 2010 New Letters Poetry Prize, her poems are slated to appear soon with New Letters. Siobhán's first book of poems, Levering Light, was named finalist in the 2008 May Swenson 1st Book Award; she is at work on her second collection.

Currently writing her dissertation in Victoria, British Columbia, Siobhán is teaching Modernist Literature and Contemporary American Fiction at the University of Victoria. 

Advisors: Cristanne Miller, Tim Dean, Steve McCaffery

Fields of study: Poetics, 20th and 21st century American literature (poetry and fiction), Modernism, Gender and Sexuality

Andrea Strudensky is interested in 20th Century poetry and poetics. Andrea is currently editor of Broke; a lit mag that publishes poetry and fiction. Her dissertation is on the “apostrophe” in 20th Century poetry.

  Divya Victor is a 4th year Phd. candidate at SUNY Buffalo, where she participates in the Poetics Program in the English Department and reads contemporary American and Transnational poetries, continental philosophy, and psychoanalysis in the feminist vein under the guidance of her committee members Myung Mi Kim, Ewa Ziarek, and Steve McCaffery. She is currently working on a dissertation  titled The Poetics of the Alibi, which is a study of  cultural and affective vocalities that are distinct from “vocality” as a figure for identitarian constructs, and which takes an antagonistic position towards conventional understandings of “historical” trauma as a kernel of community formation. She received her B.S from Towson University and her M.A from Temple University.



Her service to the English Graduate Student body has involved her in Graduate Admissions Committee 2009, Graduate Recruitment Committee 2010, the Poetics Digital Archive Project,  and she has served as the Co-President of the Graduate Poetics Group.


Her article  on memory, testimony, and subjectivity and non-feminist writing is forthcoming in the  Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, Special Issue: Postcolonial Pakistani Literature.

She has two new chapbooks: SUTURES  from Little Red Leaves and Hellocasts By Charles Reznikoff by Divya Victor by Vanessa Place from Ood Press.  The latter chapbook is part of the Factory Series by Vanessa Place in the model and anti-model of Andy Warhol's Factory and community of production.

Her installation HELLOCASTS which deals with trauma, historical transcription, and branding of the "Holocaust Industry" was recently curated by Les Figues Press at L.A.C.E Gallery in Los Angeles.

Her poetry has recently appeared in XConnect, ixnay reader 3, dusie, President’s Choice, P-QUEUE, and Drunken Boat.

Her book LYRICAL BLALADS is forthcoming from Troll Thread Press


“Mapping Resistance with Renee Gladman’s The Activist”. Advancing Feminist Poetics and Activism. City University of New York (CUNY), New York City. Fall 2009.

  Joseph Yearous-Algozin studies Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, with a current focus on exhaustion, unreadability, and documentation divorced from readership.  He is the author of the chapbook, The Lazarus Project: Alien Vs. Predator (TROLL THREAD).  His essay, “No One Asked You,” on the street performances of Hannah Weiner, appeared in Wild Orchids. He is the incoming co-editor, with Holly Melgard, of P-Queue (, a journal of contemporary aesthetics and poetics, where writings on or about aesthetics/poetics appear beside enactments of such critical or theoretical positions.  In the past, editions have been constellated around a single theme: Unruly Forms (2007), Responsibility (2008), Spatiality (2009), Polemic (2010); we plan to continue this in 2011 with a call for an issue on “Document.”  Formally the Vice-President of the Graduate Poetics Group, he currently curates the reading series, BYOB.  He received his BA in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA in Poetry from Temple University.





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