Grant Jenkins - Faculty & Adjuncts

Grant Jenkins, PhD

Grant Jenkins, PhD
Associate Professor of English
College of Arts & Sciences
English and Creative Writing
918-631-2573 Zink Hall Room 360


PhD – University of Notre Dame MA – University of Notre Dame BA – University of Texas


Grant Matthew Jenkins teaches Twentieth- and Twenty-First century American literature, with specialties in modern and postmodern experimental poetry and poetics, African American and other ethnic literatures, creative writing, ethical and critical theory, and composition and rhetorical studies. He has written on Modernist poets like Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Louis Zukofsky, George Oppen, Lorine Niedecker, Melvin B. Tolson, and Charles Reznikoff, as well as post-war writers such as Ed Dorn, Robert Duncan, Charles Olson, Allen Ginsberg, Susan Howe, Lyn Hejinian, and Lorenzo Thomas. His current book project examines the ethics of experimental African American poetry after 1970, including the work of Nathaniel Mackey, Will Alexander, Erica Hunt, Harryette Mullen, and Mark Morris. As a poet, he has published two books of poetry and poems in several little magazines, including Birddog, Cannibal, Sugar Mule, Syntax, Action Yes, and Big Bridge. Other creative projects include work with digital flash poetry, image, and sound and can be found online at and YouTube

Research Interests

Modern and Postmodern Poetry and Poetics, particularly African American poetry
Ethical and Critical Theory
Composition and Rhetorical Studies

Teaching Interests

American Literature since 1900
Modern and Postmodern Poetry and Poetics
Creative Writing (poetry and screenwriting)
African American and other Ethnic Literatures
Ethical and Critical Theory
Screen Studies: Television & Film
Composition and Rhetorical Studies



  • Morphs. with Cheryl Pallant. Chicago: Cracked Slab Books, 2009. (Poetry)

  • Poetic Obligation: Ethics in Experimental American Poetry after 1945. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2008.

  • Joy of God and Other Series. Norfolk, VA: Black Bird Press, 2002. (Poetry)

  • Returns: De-Selected Poems (manuscript)

Journal Articles

  • “‘re: Source:’ African Contexts of Nathaniel Mackey’s Ethics.” African American Review 48.4 (Winter 2015): Forthcoming.

  • “Melving B. Tolson’s Ethical Experiment and the Philosophy of Otherness.” Flashpoint 13 (Spring 2012) .

  • “Beyond, Between, and Other-wise: Mark McMorris’s Postcolonial Poethics.” Mosaic: A Jour-nal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 45.1 (March 2012): 17-34.

  • “The Ethics of Teaching, or Beyond Pedagogy.” Journal of Advanced Composition 29.1 (2009): 711-743.

  • “’The little hole in the eye:’ George Oppen’s Critique of Vision.” Big Bridge 3.3 4 Aug 2009.

  • “My Susan Howe, or Howe to Teach,” Poetry and Pedagogy: The Challenge of the Contemporary, Eds. Juliana Spahr and Joan Retallack. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006.

  • “Lorine Niedecker, Simone de Beauvoir, and the Sexual Ethics of Experience.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 23.2 (Fall 2004): 311-337

  • Saying Obligation: The Ethics of George Oppen’s Objectivist Poetry.” Journal of Ameri-can Studies 37.3 (2003): 407-433.

  • “George Oppen” and “Louis Zukofsky.” Jewish Writers of the 20th Century. Ed. Sorrel Kerbel. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2002.

  • “First Annotations of Ed Dorn’s Gunslinger.” Sagetrieb 15 (Winter 1996): 57-176.

  • Gunslinger’s Ethics of Excess: Subjectivity, Community, and the Politics of the Could Be.” Sagetrieb 15 (Winter 1996): 207-242.

  • “Le pont des arts: A Trans-subjective Reading of Camus’s The Fall,” Analecta 27 (1991): 79-82. A creative, critical variation on Camus’s themes.


  • Other Wise: Ethics in African American Poetry After the Civil Rights Movement. (In progress)

Book Reviews

  • Review of Susan Vanderborg’s Paratextual Communities, Rain Taxi (Fall 2002): 52.

  • Review of Kenneth Goldsmith’s Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age. James Joyce Quarterly 49.2 (Winter 2012): 399-402.

  • Mackey , N., and G. Jenkins. “Splay Anthem”. Splay Anthem, Rain Taxi Review of Books, 2006.


  • “split/spilt” and “onomatopoeia him thinks of.” Futures Trading 1.1 (May 2013)

  • “Muscle as Medium.” Readical: Living Arts Chapbook 2009-2011. Tulsa, OK: Living Arts Press, 2012.

  • NUMBERS. Tulsa: Living Arts Press, 2012.

  • “The White Dove Review.” KOSU (forthcoming). Abby Wendel and Sarah Geis, Producers. 14 Feb 2012.

  • “Where Are You Walter Benjamin?” Cannibal 5 (2010) .

  • “[legend]” Used Cat. (2010). (defunct)

  • “Three Misreadings.” Sugar Mule (July 2010). .

  • “Praise Plus Poise Plus Prayer Equal Perfect Peace.” Source Material 04 (April 2010) . (defunct)

  • “a face looks.” Kubos-Tesseract: Living Arts 40th Anniversary Chapbook. Tulsa, OK: Living Arts Press, 2009.

  • “Melvin B. Tolson.” Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. Oklahoma City, OK: Okla-homa Historical Society, 2009. .

  • “Sermon.” (Audio, with the WaKOW! Collective). Toxic Ex-hibit 1. August 2009. (defunct)

  • “Language as Migration: An Interview with Mark McMorris.” Rain Taxi Review of Books (Winter 2009)

  • “Morphs” 4 & 5, 14 & 15 with Cheryl Pallant. Birddog 10 (Jan 2009): 50-54.

  • “Unobstructed.” Alaina R. Alexander, host. Blogtalkradio. 17 May 2008. 1 hour interview about my book and career.

  • “Tulsita.” (with the WaKOW! Collective). (Winter 2006).

  • “Holy/Oil.” (Multimedia installation, with the WaKOW! Collective). Living Arts Gallery, Tul-sa. Oct 4-25, 2007. For clips, see .

  • “Blue Poet in a Red State.” Big Bridge (2006)

  • “Melanie 3: unpacking.” Denver Syntax 8 (2006)

  • “The Ambidextrous Surreal: An Interview with Will Alexander.” Rain Taxi Review of Books Print Edition 11.2 (Summer 2006): 28-30.

  • “Tulsita.” (with the WaKOW! Collective). (Winter 2006).

  • Interview with Harryette Mullen. Rain Taxi Review of Books 10.3 (Fall 2005): 40-42.

  • Marciszewski , A., and G. Jenkins. “Colleges Take Byte Out of cheating.”. Tulsa World, 2005.
  • Walzer, Philip And David Gulliver, “Grade inflation at Virginia universities: Does A stand for average?” The Virginian-Pilot, February 9, 2003

  • “Visual Poetry and Painting.” Installation with Painter Sheila Giolitti at the Hampton Univer-sity Art Museum, Hampton, VA, May 2002.

  • “swallows nesting.” With Good Reason. WGR Radio. Feb 9-15, 2002.

  • Interview with Susan Howe. Rain Taxi Review of Books 7.4 (Winter 2002/3): 47-49.

  • “insinuating error.” The Hampden-Sydney Tiger 24.4 (2000): 13.

  • “Imargination,” “garage,” and “that c.” Poems. The Vernalist (Spring 1999).

  • “‘The Shared Things of an Unlikely Different Poetics:’ An Interview with Michael Palmer,” Sagetrieb 12 (Winter 1993): 53-64.

  • “Prairie Cool: A Documentary Film on the Life and Work of Poet Ron Padgett.” Grant Jen-kins, Writer/Producer. Jeff Van Hanken, Director. (In progress)

  • “wickedness wickedness,” “Through Paterson,” “Roethke n+7.” Typo (forthcoming)

Courses Taught

  • Independent Study
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Special Topics in English Literature
  • African American Texts and Contexts
  • Exposition and Argument
  • Special Topics
  • Dissertation
  • TV Writing
  • Directed M.A. Research; Directed Writing
  • Film Genres
  • Writing Poetry
  • Literature and Film