Grant Jenkins PhD

Associate Professor of English Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences
English Language and Literature


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

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
M.A., University of Notre Dame
B.A., University of Texas

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
Composition and Rhetorical Studies

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
Composition and Rhetorical Studies

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.


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)

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, Nathaniel , and Grant Jenkins. Splay Anthem 2006: n. pag. Print.

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

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

“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.


“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.

"Three Misreadings.” Sugar Mule (July 2010). .

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

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

"[legend]” Used Cat. (2010). (defunct)

"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)

“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. .

“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 .

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

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

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

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

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

Marciszewski, April, and Grant Jenkins. “‘Colleges Take Byte out of Cheating.’ .” Tulsa World (2005): n. pag. Print.

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.

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

ENGL 1033 Exposition and Argument
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ENGL 2403 Introduction to Creative Writing
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ENGL 2403 Intro to Creative Wrtg
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ENGL 2813 Read Irish Lit Ireland
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ENGL 3003 Writing for the Professions
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ENGL 3223 Writing Poetry
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ENGL 3243 African American Lit
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ENGL 3783 Special Topics:
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ENGL 4263 Advanced Poetry Writing
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ENGL 7993 Directed M.A. Research; Directed Writing
ENGL 8193 Special Topics in American Literature
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ENGL 8213 Studies in Genre
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ENGL 8799 Qualifying Exam Preparation
ENGL 9981 Dissertation
FS 1973 First Seminar: Postmodern Musical Film
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WS 3243 African American Lit
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