Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

Center for Writers, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing

Dissertation: Vanishing Point, poems with critical introduction

Areas of Concentration: Poetry Writing, 16th and 17th Century English Poetry, 20th Century American Poetry, Rhetoric and Composition

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

M.F.A. in Poetry Writing

Thesis: Beginning the Name That Was Mine, poems

Areas of Concentration: 20th Century American Poetry

Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA

M.A. in Biblical Languages and Literature

Areas of Concentration: Hebrew Bible and Christian Bible

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

B.A. in English with Honors

Areas of Concentration: Classical Literature, Film and Film Theory, Poetry Writing

CURRENT POSITIONS

  • Tulsa Artist Fellow in Poetry, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2019-present.
  • Research Fellow, Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, University of Tulsa, 2020-present.
  • Founding Director, Tulsa Glitterary Conference and Tulsa Glitterary Reading Series, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2020-present.

PAST ACADEMIC POSITIONS AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor of English, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico, August 2015-December 2018

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

College Composition

College Composition and Research (taught both live and online)

Introduction to Creative Writing (taught hybrid live/online)

Cinema Studies

Poetry Writing

Trends in Creative Writing—Prose Poetry/Flash Fiction/Flash Non-Fiction

Global Diversity and Cultural Studies—East Asian Film

Creative Non-Fiction

Directed Study: Modern and Contemporary American Poetry and Poetics (taught twice)

Topics in English—Japanese Cinema

Graduate Courses Taught:

Pedagogy of College Writing (taught hybrid live/online)

Graduate Survey of Anglo-American Literature (taught hybrid live/online)

Inventing Realities, Fabricating Truths (graduate creative writing workshop)

Graduate Directed Study: Poetic Form and Poetic Theory

Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Writing-across-the-Curriculum Program and the Writing Center, St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin, 2003-2006

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

College Writing (developmental composition)

Introduction to Literature (writing-intensive first-year course)

Survey of British Literature I (Beginnings to Milton)

Milton

Special Topics: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

Special Topics: 20th Century LGBQT Literature and Film

Assistant Teaching Professor of English and Director of the Freshman Writing Program, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 2000-2003

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

Freshman Seminar: Creation Myths (writing-intensive first-year course)

Freshman Seminar: Monster Narratives in Literature and Film (writing-intensive first-year course)

Composition I (taught classroom-based, hybrid, and online)

Composition II

Survey of World Literature I (Gilgamesh to Beowulf)

Survey of British Literature I (Beginnings to Milton)

Introduction to Poetry

Introductory Poetry Workshop

Intermediate Poetry Workshop

Greek Drama (taught once live and once online)

Advanced Composition

The Bible as Literature

Graduate Courses Taught:

The English Lyric Poem

Teaching College Composition

Adjunct Assistant Professor of English, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee, 1999-2000

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

Composition I

Composition II

Introduction to Western Humanities

Graduate Instructor, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 1992-1996

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

Composition I

Composition II

Introduction to Poetry

Survey of World Literature I (Beginnings to Shakespeare)—teaching assistant

Intermediate Poetry Writing

Graduate Instructor, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1990-1992

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

Introduction to Poetry Writing

PUBLICATIONS

Creative Work

Book

Instructions for Seeing a Ghost (University of North Texas Press, February 2020), poems. Winner of the 2019 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry.

Chapbooks/Pamphlets

Proviso, collaboration with painter Kristen Tomecek, Paper Machine Press, forthcoming 2021 (poems with paintings).

Elegies for the Gasoline Age, collaboration with multimedia artist Richard Zimmerman, Forobo Press, forthcoming 2021 (poems with cyanotypes).

Tell Me Exactly What You Saw and What You Mean, SCE Press, forthcoming 2021 (poems).

Out of the Frame, Walls Divide Press, November 2019 (poems).

Dead Letter Office at North Atlantic Station, Seven Kitchens Press, August 2017 (poems).

Selected Individual Poetry Publications

“Hermeneutics,” translation of poem by Rodrigo Figueroa, Red Rock Review, forthcoming spring 2021.

“Monologue as Hypothermia Sets In” and “My Husband and I Discuss How to Break Out of This Rut,” El Portal, December 2020.

“(Anti-) Olympus,” “Succubus,” “Aomame and Tengo,” and “[How can one release such emptiness from a finite body],” translations of poems by Rodrigo Figueroa, Latin American Literature Today, vol. 1, no. 16, November 2020.

“Poem after John Wolfe’s ‘Residence, Anadarko Okla.’,” Art Focus Oklahoma 35.3 (Summer 2020), pp.24-25.

“Aleph,” “Gimmel,” “Hēt,” and “Hē,” Lighthouse Literary Journal, July 2019.

“Cri de Coeur in Red,” “Post-Mortem,” “Leaving North Winsloe, August 2015,” and “Tet,” Four Way Review, April 2019.

“Essay on Powerlessness” and “Unfinished Stained Glass Window,” The Boiler: A Journal of New Literature, October 2018.

“Cri de Coeur in White,” Glass: A Journal of Poetry, October 2018.

“The Subjunctive Mood,” Tar River Poetry, Fall 2018.

“Doppelgängers,” “Providence,” and “Three Fragments from East Webster Place,” Broadkill Review, July 2018.

“Question,” Third Wednesday, June 2018.

“Letter to John Ashbery,” “Dalet,” and “Zayin,” Nimrod International Journal, vol. 61, no. 2 (Spring/Summer 2018): 83-86.

“Invocation,” Tupelo Quarterly 15, June 2018.

“Trying to Name What Doesn’t Change,” UnLost, January 2018.

“Survivor’s Guilt,” Worcester Review, vol. 38, no. 1-2 (Winter 2017): 12.

“Self-Portrait with the Death of the Firstborn,” Cold Creek Review 1.2 (June 2017).

“Ghazal to John from Exile,” Coal Hill Review, June 2017.

 “Vita Poetica,” Valparaiso Poetry Review, vol. 38, May 2017.

 “Postcard to John, Overlooking Barachois Beach, Late May,” Unbroken, April 2017.

 “Self-Portrait with the Plague of Waters Turned to Blood,” Yellow Chair Review, November 2016.

“Still Life with the Plague of Darkness,” El Portal, November 2016.

“Late April Song” and “San Francisco, June 1999,” El Portal 74.1 (Spring 2016): 36-7.

 “Two Storms,” A Short Ride: Remembering Barry Hannah. Oxford, MS: VOX Press, 2012. 44-45.

“After Chagall,” Yalobusha Review 21 (2002).

“Rooms,” James White Review 13.1 (1996).

 “I Want to Talk about You,” William and Mary Review 33 (1995).

“Jackson Zoo” and “North Sea Flotsam,” Mississippi Review Online 1.2 (1995).

“A Dunking,” Cream City Review 18.2 (1994).

 “Breakings” and “The Others,” Cumberland Poetry Review 11.3 (1991).

Interviews and Reviews

“Semi-Immigrants: A Conversation between Simon Han and Steve Bellin-Oka,” Denver Quarterly, forthcoming summer 2021.

“An Interview with Steve Bellin-Oka,” Blue Mountain Review, forthcoming spring 2021.

“An Interview with Steve Bellin-Oka,” Dante’s Old South, National Public Radio, aired April 17, 2021.

“Intensive Care by Alberto Guttiérez Plaza, translated by Arthur Dixon,” World Literature Today, forthcoming spring 2021.

“An Interview with Steve Bellin-Oka,” Nimrod International Journal blog, April 2020.

“To the Limits of Sight: A Conversation with Adeeba Talukder,” Adroit Journal, August 18, 2019.

“A Conversation with Rita Dove,” Mississippi Review 22.3 (1995). Reprinted as “Tricking the Muse by Taking Out the Trash.” Conversations with Rita Dove. Ed. Earl Ingersol. Oxford, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2003. 121-35.

Textbooks and Anthologies

A Field Guide to Invented Contemporary Poetry, Fork Tine Press, forthcoming 2022.

Contributing editor, The Norton Mix for Composition and Literature (Norton, 2018).

Manuscripts in Progress

Unpromised Land (poems).

Internment: An Essay on Eight ‘Relocation Centers’ (creative nonfiction).

The Way North (translation from the Spanish of José U. Escobar’s Vereda Del Norte; novel).

Invisible Border (translation from the Spanish of Rodrigo Figueroa’s Una Frontera Transparente; poems).

MULTIMEDIA WORK

PROVISO: Family Class and Queer Immigration, multimedia installation with Kristen Tomecek, Tulsa Artists Fellowship, Cameron Studios, Tulsa, OK, forthcoming September 6-30, 2019.

“Geronimo: Two Poems,” Recall/Respond, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK, June 21-October 13, 2019.

HONORS, DISTINCTIONS, AND COMPETITIVE AWARDS

For Proviso

Winner, Antenna Chapbook Prize, Paper Machine Press, 2021.

For Tell Me Exactly What You Saw and What You Think It Means

Winner, Blue Mountain Review LGBQT Chapbook Contest, Southern Collective Experience Press, 2020.

For Instructions for Seeing a Ghost (previous manuscript title—Ash Sonata):

Winner, 2019 Vassar Miller Prize for Poetry, University of North Texas Press, January 2019.

Semi-Finalist, Lena-Miles Todd-Wever Poetry Prize, Pleiades Press, December 2018.

Finalist, Barry Spacks First Book Award, Gunpowder Press, September 2018.

Finalist, Autumn House First Book Prize Autumn House Press, August 2018.

Finalist, The Backwaters Prize, Backwaters Press, July 2018.

Finalist, Trio House Award for a First or Second Book of Poetry, July 2018.

Semi-Finalist, Blue Lynx Poetry Prize, Lynx House Press, November 2017.

Semi-Finalist, Moon City Press Poetry Award, Missouri State University, October 2017.

Finalist, Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, Southern Illinois University Press, September 2017.

Finalist, Cowles Poetry Book Prize, Southeast Missouri State University Press, September 2017.

Finalist, Two Sylvias Press Poetry Prize, Two Sylvias Press, August 2017.

Finalist, Autumn House Press First Book Award, Autumn House Press, August 2017.

Finalist, 42 Miles Press Poetry Award, 42 Miles Press, June 2017.

Finalist, Washington Prize, Word Works Press, June 2017.

For Dead Letter Office at North Atlantic Station

Semi-Finalist, Tomaz Salamun Prize, Verse, August 2017.

Finalist, Center for Book Arts Poetry Chapbook Prize, May 2017.

Finalist, Glass Poetry Press Chapbook Prize, March 2017.

Finalist, Coal Hill Review Chapbook Prize, Autumn House Press, November 2016.

Finalist, Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize, Two Sylvias Press, August 2016.

Other Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

Eli Cantor Poetry Fellowship, Corporation of Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, January 2020.

Poets in the Park Fellowship, Gettysburg National Military Park, National Parks Arts Foundation, September-October 2019.

Nominee, Best of the Net, for “Tet,” Four Way Review, September 2019.

Translation Scholar, Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference, June 2019.

Tulsa Artists Fellowship, George Kaiser Family Foundation, January 2019-present.

Nominee, Best of the Net, for “Self-Portrait with the Death of the Firstborn,” Cold Creek Review,August 2017.

Poetry Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, June 2017.

Internal Research Grant, Eastern New Mexico University, April 2017.

Poetry Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, January 2017.

Poetry Grant, Vermont Studio Center, November/December 2016.

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference General Contributor, August 2016.

Internal Research Grant, Eastern New Mexico University, April 2016.

Grant Writing Award, St. Norbert College, 2005.

Faculty Development Summer Research Grant, St. Norbert College, 2004.

Faculty Development Travel Grant, St. Norbert College, 2004 and 2005.

Joan Johnson Award in Poetry, University of Southern Mississippi, 1993.

Academy of American Poets Award, University of Virginia, 1990.

RECENT PUBLIC READINGS OF CREATIVE WORK

Note: All readings from March until May 2020 were canceled due to COVID-19 public health restrictions.

Invited reading, Eastern Shore Writers Association, April 22, 2021.

Invited reading, Magic City Books, Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 4, 2021.

Bilingual reading of poems by Rodrigo Figueroa and translations by me, Tulsa Artist Fellowship, August 31, 2020.

Bilingual reading of poems by Rodrigo Figueroa and translations by me, American Literary Translators Association annual conference, virtual, October 6, 2020.

Invited reading, Bad Mouth Reading Series, Albuquerque, NM, September 21, 2020.

Invited reading, Open Mouth Reading Series, Fayetteville, AR, September 13, 2020.

Invited reading, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, May 14, 2020.

Invited reading, Poetry Foundation, Chicago, Illinois, May 12, 2020.

Invited reading, Ivy Bookshop, Baltimore, Maryland, April 7, 2020.

Invited reading, New Dominion Bookshop, Charlottesville, Virginia, April 4, 2020.

Invited reading, Pegasus Reading Series, Dallas, Texas, March 27, 2020.

Invited reading, Magic City Books, Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 24, 2020.

Tulsa Artists Fellows in Writing reading, Duet Jazz Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma, July 19, 2019.

Invited reading, Normal’s Bookstore, Baltimore, Maryland, March 6, 2019.

Invited reading, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, February 6, 2019.

Invited reading, Popular Culture Association of the South Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 2018.

Invited reading, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, April 2018.

Invited reading, Southwest Popular Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 2018.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND PAPERS PRESENTED

“Cinepoems and Cinepoetics,” Nimrod International Journal Conference for Readers and Writers, Tulsa, OK, November 5, 2020.

“The Ethics of Writing about Historical Trauma and Cultural Memory,” Nimrod International Journal Conference for Readers and Writers, Tulsa, OK, October 2019.

“Documentary Poetics and Cultural Memory,” New Orleans Poetry Festival, New Orleans, LA, April 2019.

“Destabilizing the Gaze: A. Van Jordan’s The Cineaste and Cinematic Spectatorship,” American Literature Association, San Francisco, May 2018.

“‘Big, Scary and Frankenstein-Looking’: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Frankenstein, and Post-Modern Adaptation,” Popular Culture Association, Indianapolis, IN, March 2018.

“‘I Can’t Wait to Get My Hands on His Orbs’: Andrew Wells and the Absent/Present Gay Male in Buffy, the Vampire Slayer,” Southwest/Texas American Culture and Popular Culture Association,” Albuquerque, NM, February 2017.

 “Disrupting the Rhetoric of the Image: Using Internet Memes in the Freshman Composition Classroom,” Trends in Teaching Composition Conference, Collin College, Dallas, TX, October 2015.

“The Rhetoric of Gang Violence in Buffy, the Vampire Slayer,” Southwest/Texas American Culture and Popular Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM, February 2005.

“Milton, Comus, and the Castlehaven Case,” Milton Association, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2004.

“‘Anger’s My Meat’: Shakespeare’s Coriolanus and the Consumption of the Body,” Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL, November 2003.

 “A Visual Rhetoric of American Gun Violence in the British Queer as Folk Series,” American Culture Association, New Orleans, LA, April 2003.

“Freshman Seminar Programs: When the Humanities Speak to Each Other,” William Watson Conference on Composition, Jackson, MS, May 2002.

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Professional Writing Consultant to healthcare practitioners and legal review boards, 2007-2015.

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Tulsa, OK (2019 to present)

  • Director, Translation Now! Symposium, Tulsa, OK, 2021.
  • Founding director, Tulsa Glitterary Conference, Tulsa, OK, 2020-present.

Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico (2015-2018)

  • Graduate Coordinator, Department of Languages and Literature

St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin (2003-2006)

  • Director of the Writing-across-the-Curriculum (WAC) Program and the Writing Center

University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi (2000-2003)

  • Director of the Freshman Writing Program and Director of Graduate Student Instructors

ASSESSMENT AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE

Led assessment of WAC program at St. Norbert College for accreditation, 2005.

Led assessment of both Freshman Writing Program and Freshman Seminar Program at the University of Mississippi, 2001-2003.

Participated in curriculum development for pilot Freshman Seminar Program, University of Mississippi, 2002.

WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS FOR FACULTY AND/OR GRADUATE STUDENTS

 “Understanding and Responding to Unconscious Plagiarism,” St. Norbert College, 2005.

“Sequenced Assignments and Their Role in the Development of Critical Thinking Skills,” St. Norbert College, 2005.

“Responding to Student Writing: Options for Reflective Practice,” St. Norbert College, 2004.

“Assessing Student Writing in the Accreditation Process: Quantitative and Qualitative Bias,” University of Mississippi, 2003.

“What Should Discipline-Specific Writing Courses Look Like?: Developing a Freshman Seminar Program,” University of Mississippi, 2002.

New Graduate Instructor and Adjunct Faculty Orientations, University of Mississippi, 2000-2003.

Continuing Graduate Instructor and Adjunct Faculty Teaching Workshops, University of Mississippi, 2000-2003.

EDITING EXPERIENCE

Series Editor, Robin Becker Chapbook Series, Seven Kitchens Press, 2021-present.

Contributing Editor, Nimrod International Journal, University of Tulsa, 2019-present.

Poetry Editor, The Bookends Review, 2018-present.

Assistant Editor, Keystone Chapbook Series, Seven Kitchens Press, 2017-present.

Contributing Editor, Mississippi Review, 1993-1995.

DEPARTMENTAL AND INSTITUTIONAL SERVICE

Faculty Senate Representative, Department of Languages and Literature, Eastern New Mexico University, 2017-present.

Faculty Senate Secretary, Eastern New Mexico University, 2017-present.

Athletics Compliance Committee, Eastern New Mexico University, 2016-2019.

Member of Graduate Council, Eastern New Mexico University, 2015-2017.

Faculty Advisor, Gay/Lesbian/Straight Alliance, Eastern New Mexico University, 2016-present.

New Faculty Mentor, Department of Languages and Literature, Eastern New Mexico University, 2016-2017.

Faculty Evaluation Committee, Department of Languages and Literature, Eastern New Mexico University, 2016-present.

General Education Task Force, Eastern New Mexico University, 2016.

British Literature Search Committee, Eastern New Mexico University, 2016.

Faculty Development Committee, St. Norbert College, 2004-2005.

Faculty Advisor, Gay and Lesbian Student Organization, St. Norbert College, 2003-2005.

General Education Committee, St. Norbert College, 2003-2005 (ex oficio).

Faculty Co-Advisor, Graphos Literary Magazine, St. Norbert College, 2004-2005.

English Department Advisor, St. Norbert College, 2003-2006.

Faculty Mentor, Gay and Lesbian Student Organization, University of Mississippi, 2000-2003.

Poetry Search Committee, University of Mississippi, 2002.

Graduate Teaching Staff Oversight Committee, University of Mississippi, 2000-2003 (chair).

Milton Search Committee, University of Southern Mississippi, 1996 (graduate student member).

COMMUNITY SERVICE/OUTREACH

Organizer, LGBQT Student Organization Film Series, Eastern New Mexico University, 2017-2018.

Organizer, Department of Languages and Literature Film Series, Eastern New Mexico University, 2015-18.

Co-coordinator, Department of Languages and Literature Reading Series, Eastern New Mexico University, 2015-2018.

“Rhetoric and Tragedy in Aristotle,” day-long workshop for Green Bay, Wisconsin high school teachers, June 2005.

Faculty Consultant, North Mississippi Writing Project, 2001-2003.

 “Publishing Poems in Literary Magazines: The Process,” St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Jackson, Mississippi, April 2003.

Coordinator, Williams Corner Bookstore Reading Series, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1990-1992.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS

Poetry Society of America, Modern Language Association, American Literary Translators Association, Associated Writing Programs, American Literature Association, Popular Culture/American Culture Association.