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Keegan Finberg is an assistant professor of English in modern and contemporary American literature at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is also affiliate faculty in the departments of Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies and Language, Literacy & Culture at UMBC.

She received her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2015. She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and a M.A. from UC Santa Cruz.

Keegan specializes in poetry and  twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature, particularly experimental and avant-garde works. She researches across several disciplines including critical theory, feminist theory, modern and contemporary art, media and performance. She is working on her first scholarly monograph, Poetry in General, or, Literary Experimentalism since 1960, which argues that postwar poetry emerged as a form of socially engaged praxis, one that reimagined the public as a readership.

Her academic articles have been published in Textual Practice and Canada and Beyond, and her public scholarship has appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, Jacket2, and elsewhere. She has presented her work at the Modern Language Association, the Modernist Studies Association, and the American Comparative Literature Association, among other conferences.

Before joining the UMBC faculty, Keegan taught a wide range of classes in literature, creative writing, and writing at UC Santa Cruz, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Southern Indiana.

She is also a poet. Her debut chapbook, The Thought of Preservation, is available from Ursus Americanus Press.

See her tweets here.

To contact her send an email to kfinberg@umbc.edu

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