Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA, USA
In the luckiest and otherwise best cases, academic research and
teaching afford the opportunity for continuous learning and
reinvention, rather than standing in place in a career based on
initial training. Every four or five years I've moved my work in a
meaningfully different direction, from (1) creative writing and
general or public arts criticism, to (2) new media, hypertext, and
electronic literature, (3) translation studies, world literature, and
multilingual literature, (4) security studies and critical
institutional and disciplinary history, (5) the cultural history and
political economy of computing.
At Penn State I'm the faculty director of the Digital Culture and Media
Initiative, a project of the Department of English in the College
of Liberal Arts. My teaching includes undergraduate and graduate
courses in new media and digital studies. Recent graduate seminars
include “Media Theory and Modernity,” “Historicizing ‘Digital
Humanities’,” and “Platform, Software and Code Studies.” Other
undergraduate and graduate teaching has included courses in the theory
of the essay, the literary fragment, U.S. nonfiction prose, and
literatures of migration and displacement.
In a past life I wrote literature. My literary publications from 1996–2009 included City: An Essay (University of Georgia
Press, 2002), Dial Series One (Potes & Poets Press, 1999), and poetry, fiction, and
nonfiction published in literary journals. In the same period I published a variety of general or
public arts criticism including reviews of works of contemporary poetry and fiction and essays on
topics like code poetry, digital art, literary hypertext and hypermedia, the lyric essay, and the
first generation of web-based poetry journals.
If you're looking for something from past versions of this site
(pages, blog posts, etc.), consult the commit
“Screening a Digital Visual Poetics.” Configurations 8:1 (Winter 2000): 63-85. Rpt.: “Screening a Digital Visual Poetics.” In Eduardo Kac, ed., Media Poetry: An International Anthology, (Bristol: Intellect Books, 2007): 251-270.