Maria Damon

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University, 1988.

Curriculum Vitae


  • contemporary poetry and poetics
  • cutlural studies
  • American poetry from 1940
  • diaspora studies
  • cultural poetics
  • ethnicity and ethnography
  • experimental writing
  • literature of trauma
  • marginalized literatures
  • mass/popular culture
  • Modern poetry
Courses Taught
  • Contemporary African American Poetry
  • EngL 8621 - Seminar on Writing for Publication
  • Advanced Workshop in Poetry (Creative Writing)
  • Women Experimental Poets
  • The San Francisco Renaissance
  • Poetry Writing: Trauma, Play, Experiment (Creative Writing)
  • Poetry/Culture/Power
  • Contemporary American Poetry
  • Writing the Body Politic(s)
  • Unfinishing Your Work
  • EngL 3009 - Introduction to Modern Literary Theory
  • Poetry and Politics in Our Time
  • Weird Books by Women
  • Poetry as Cultural Critique
  • Queer Poetry
  • Jewish American Word Art: Gertrude Stein, Allen Ginsberg, Lenny Bruce
  • Bob Dylan
  • American Poetry Since 1900
  • Diaspora Poetics
  • Writing/Life/History: Creative Writing and Cultural Studies
  • Beat Sensibilities
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board, American Literature: 1998 - 2000
  • Jewish Cultural Studies Discussion Group Executive Committee: 1996 - 2000
  • Primary planner and organizer, Cross-Cultural Poetics Conference: 1996 - 1997


  • Contributing Editor, Cross-Cultural Poetics: 1995 - present
  • Post-literary 'America:' from Bagel Shop Jazz to Micropoetries. Damon, Maria, University of Iowa Press, Author, 2011.
  • Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader. Damon, Maria, Ira Livingston, Illinois University Press, Author, 2009.
  • pleasureTEXTpossession.. Damon, Maria, Zasterle Press, Co-Author, 2005. Link
  • Literature Nation. Damon, Maria, Bedford, Co-Author, 2003. Link
  • "Electronic Poetry Assay: Diaspora, Silliness and "Gender": Damon, Maria, Cybertext Yearbook, Author.
  • "Writing, Social Science and Ethnicity in Gertrude Stein and Certain Others." : Damon, Maria, New York University Press, 2001.
  • "Was That 'Different,' 'Dissident' or 'Dissonant'? Poetry (n) the Public Spear: Slams, Open Readings, and Dissident Traditions." : Damon, Maria, Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • "Jazz-Jews, Jive and Gender: Ethnic Anxiety and the Politics of Jazz Argot." . Damon, Maria, University of Minnesota Press, Author, 1996.
  • Avant-garde or Borderguard: (Latino) Identity in Poetry. Damon, Maria, Author, Fall 1998.
  • "'Unmeaning Jargon'/ Uncanonized Beatitude: Bob Kaufman, Poet.": Damon, Maria, University of Alabama Press, South Atlantic Quarterly, 1998.
  • "Post-literary Poetry, Counterperformance, and Micropoetries." Class Issues: Pedagogy, Cultural Studies, and the Public Sphere: Damon, Maria, New York University Press, 1997.
  • The Dark End of the Street: Margins in American Vanguard Poetry. Damon, Maria, University of Minnesota Press, Author, 1993. Link
  • Imagine Fund Grant, University of Minnesota, 2009 - 2012
  • Award for Outstanding Contributions to Post-baccalaureate, Professional, Graduate and Professional Education; Induction into Academy of Distinguished Teachers , 2007
  • Faculty Summer Research Stipend, University of Minnesota, 2000
  • McKnight Endowment for the Arts and Humanities Grant
  • McKnight Matching Funds for Summer Research, 2000