Keegan Finberg is an assistant professor of English in modern and contemporary American literature at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
She received her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2015. She also 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. An earlier version of this work was awarded a University of California Chancellor’s Dissertation-Year Fellowship, a competitive year-long writing grant.
Her academic articles have been published in Textual Practice and Canada and Beyond, and her public scholarship has appeared in Jacket2, The Rumpus, The Believer, 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.
Keegan has 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, and was awarded the Leslie Scalapino Fellowship for the Ashbery Home School in 2015. Her poems consider institutional sexism, dramatize the anthropocene, and interrogate the racialization of places. Keegan’s recent poems appear in Sixth Finch, Prelude Magazine, Rove, and Bone Bouquet. Her debut chapbook, The Thought of Preservation, is forthcoming from Ursus Americanus Press in 2019.
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