Kristina Marie Darling is a third-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

Andrew Dorkin studies 19th, 20th, and 21st century poetry and poetics, with a particular interest in poems that experiment with medium and materiality.  This calls for a flexible and diverse set of approaches, including textual criticism and editorial theory, media studies, and visual art history, in addition to philosophy and literary theory. Specifically, past and current projects have focused on material play and humor in Stephen Crane’s The Black Riders and other lines, the textual and editorial history of Emily Dickinson’s poems, archival work on Ed Dorn’s Gunslinger manuscripts, and the philosophy of Michel Serres.

Soma Feldmar’s interests lie in the relationship between language and ethics, with a focus on particular poetries and poetics as ethical. Her understanding of ethics and language is based on the work of Levinas, Kristeva, and ontological theories of ethics. Working with these ideas and building her own theory, Feldmar’s dissertation will explore the work of Rosmarie Waldrop, Robin Blaser, and Barbara Guest as poethical. Her first book of poetry, Other, was published in 2009 by CUE Books. She has served as both Treasurer and President of the Graduate Poetics Group, and co-organized a graduate symposium, UB Poetics @ 20.

Michael Flatt’s interests include poetics, book production, and digital humanities. He is studying the future possibilities of annotation as a scholarly practice and a trope of postmodern literature. His first book of poetry, Absent Receiver, was published by SpringGun Press in 2013. His poems have also appeared or are forthcoming in 1913: A Journal of Forms, Destroyer Magazine, Horse Less Press, 32 Poems, and elsewhere. He has published an article in Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui, and his reviews of poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous journals.

Declan Gould’s primary areas of research are how disability studies and global feminisms intersect with documentary poetry and other avant-garde approaches to writing. She is also interested in bicycling, class, and the turn towards the other. Declan has an MFA from Temple University, and her poetry can be found in Falling in Real Time, Mobius, and Visions International.

Joe Hall is interested in the relationship between commons, waste, and poetics. He is the author of two books of poetry: Pigafetta Is My Wife (Black Ocean, 2010) and The Devotional Poems (Black Ocean, 2013). With Chad Hardy he co-authored The Container Store Vols. I & II (SpringGun, 2012).

Amanda Montei is a second-year PhD candidate interested in affective permutations of modernism, feminism, transnationalism, and avant-garde poetics. Primarily focused on (re)conceptions of identity, citizenship, and aesthetic theory, her recent research has involved East African experimental theater, the politics of mourning, representations of forgiveness (and resentment) in post-genocide communities, and revisions of the sublime. Her critical work has appeared in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Performing Ethos: An International Journal of Ethics in Theatre & Performance, and Ms. Magazine. Her poetry has recently appeared in Explosion Proof Magazine, Delirious Hem, PANK, Joyland, and others, and her manuscript The Failure Age was recently named a semifinalist for the Annual Slope Editions Book Prize. Her installation Mzungu, a collaborative erasure project created from testimonies given by young Ugandans, was featured last September at PACT Zollverein in Essen, Germany, and she has presented work on feminist conceptual poetry at MOCA Los Angeles. She holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, where she instructed a course on 20th Century avant-garde art movements. She has also taught, in varying contexts, in Los Angeles, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

 Justin Ramm enjoys studying thematic entanglements of silence, hesitation, elegy, memory, and the grotesque in literature and visual art. He is particularly interested in the ways that cinema and collage aesthetics inform American poetry of this persuasion, and also curious about parallel motifs in Southern fiction and Greek drama. Tactile work, typography, and creative alternatives to the digital evolution of texts all excite him.

Jacob Schepers’ interests lie in American poetry from 1945 onward and in psychoanalytic criticism. He is pursuing his M.A. in English and is a member of the Graduate Poetics Group here at Buffalo. A 2012 Calvin College graduate with honors in English, he is a two-time recipient of the Academy of American Poets’ Student Poetry Prize and a past presenter at the Conference on Christianity and Literature with his essay entitled “‘Instead of the cave?’: A Charitable Audience for John Berryman’s The Dream Songs.

Ryan Sheldon is a first-year PhD candidate currently working in the Poetics program. He received his BA from Wesleyan University, where he completed a short-fiction honors thesis in English, “Ways in Which the Ship Foes Down: Stories,” and was the recipient of the 2013 Sophie Reed Poetry Prize. He is interested in fragment and sentence poetics, the intersections between plain language philosophy and poetry, representations of social irony in contemporary literature, and the politics of authorial insincerity. You can find his criticism and interviews at BOMBlog.


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