Bios of Participants

Radiclani Clytus is an Assistant Professor of English at Brown University, specializing in nineteenth-century (African) American cultural productions. He has received fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, New-York Historical Society, and Library Company of Philadelphia. He is the editor of Blue Notes: Essays, Interviews, and Commentaries (University of Michigan, 2000), a compilation of prose works by Yusef Komunyakaa, and is the author of articles on nineteenth-century circum-Atlantic visual culture. His forthcoming book, Envisioning Slavery: American Abolitionism and the Primacy of the Visual, examines the ocularcentric roots of American anti-slavery rhetoric.

Virginia Jackson is UCI Endowed Chair in Rhetoric, Department of English, University of California, Irvine.  She is the author of Dickinson’s Misery:  A Theory of Lyric Reading (Princeton University Press, 2005) which won the  2006 Christian Gauss Award from  Phi Beta Kappa as well as the 2005 Modern Language Association Prize for a First Book.  She is the editor of On Periodization (ACLS, 2010) and the co-editor (with Yopie Prins), of The Lyric Theory Reader (Johns Hopkins, 2013) She also directs Poetics | History | Theory at UCI.

Amaud Jamaul Johnson teaches creative writing and African American literature at the University of Wisconsin.  He is the author of the poetry collections Red Summer (Tupelo Press, 2006) and Darktown Follies (Tupelo Press, 2013).  His poems have appeared in The Cave Canem AnthologyThe New England ReviewThe Virginia Quarterly ReviewPoetry Daily, and other literary publications. He is the recipient of The Dorset Prize (for Red Summer) and has received fellowships from Stanford University and Cave Canem.

Meredith L. McGill teaches American literature at Rutgers University, where she also directs the Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative. She is the author of American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1837-1853 (Pennsylvania, 2003) a study of nineteenth-century American resistance to tight control over intellectual property. She has edited two collections of essays: Taking Liberties with the Author (ACLS, 2013), which explores the persistence of the author as a shaping force in literary criticism, and The Traffic in Poems: Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Transatlantic Exchange (Rutgers, 2008), in which a variety of scholars model ways of understanding nineteenth-century poetry within a transatlantic frame.

Evie Shockley teaches African American literature and 20th- and 21st-century poetry at Rutgers University. She has published two books of poetry, a half-red sea (Carolina Wren Press, 2006) and the new black (Wesleyan, 2011), as well as a book of criticism, Renegade Poetics:  Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (Iowa, 2011).

Brian Teare teaches creative writing at Temple University.  He is the author of Companion Grasses (Omnidawn, 2013), Pleasure (Ahsahta 2010, winner of a 2010 Lambda Literary Award), Sight Map (University of California, 2009), and The Room Where I Was Born (Wisconsin, winner of the 2003 Brittingham Prize).  His poems and essays have been anthologized in Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande 2006), Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos, 2011), At the Barriers: The Poetry of Thom Gunn (University of Chicago, 2009)and Encyclopedia Vol. 2, F-K (Encyclomedia, 2010)

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