PhD The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Office: 1249A HW
Office Hours: Tuesday 1:30-3:30
Professor Dowdy teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in twentieth-century North American and Latin American poetries, Latina/o literature, and multi-ethnic literatures of the U.S. Recent courses have explored questions of citizenship in Latina/o literature and representations of place, space, and nature in post-World War II U.S. American poetry.
Professor Dowdy’s first book, American Political Poetry in the 21st Century (Palgrave, 2007), examines the language of individual and collective agency in various strains of contemporary American poetry and hip-hop music. His articles on African-American, Latina/o, and Mexican poets and on hip-hop culture have appeared in Appalachian Journal, Callaloo, College Literature, Hispanic Review, MELUS, and Popular Music and Society. He has been a fellow at The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center and in the National Endowment for the Humanities seminar “Toward a Hemispheric American Literature.”
His second book, Broken Souths: Latina/o Poetic Responses to Neoliberalism and Globalization, will be published by the University of Arizona Press in November 2013. As the first book-length study of the diverse field of Latina/o poetry and the first to put Latina/o and Latin American poets in conversation, Broken Souths presents a literary geography of poetic responses to neoliberalism, the global political project to extend free-market logic to all spheres of life. Chapters feature discussions of Latina/o poets such as Victor Hernández Cruz, Martín Espada, and Juan Felipe Herrera, alongside influential Latin American counterparts, including Roberto Bolaño, Ernesto Cardenal, and José Emilio Pacheco.
Two book chapters are scheduled to appear in Martín Espada—Poet, Activist, Educator: Critical Essays (ed. Edward J. Carvalho, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press) and in American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics, Volume 2 (eds. Claudia Rankine and Francisco Aragón, Wesleyan University Press). The latter essay examines the poetics of the incomparable Maurice Kilwein Guevara.
As a poet, Professor Dowdy has published a chapbook, The Coriolis Effect (Bright Hill Press, 2007), and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poems have appeared in Aethlon, Appalachian Journal, Blueline, Broad River Review, Crab Orchard Review, J Journal, Kestrel, Pembroke Magazine, and Town Creek Poetry, among other places.