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  • Jennifer Firestone

    Co-Chair of Literary Studies (Writing); Director of Academic Fellows; Associate Professor of Writing


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    Jennifer Firestone


    Jennifer Firestone is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Story by Ugly Duckling Presse, five chapbooks, and has co-edited two anthologies, including one forthcoming from MIT Press, Other Influences: An Untold History of Feminist Avant-Garde Poetry, which is based on her course, Feminist Avant-garde Poetics.

    Firestone writes serial poems that interrogate ideas of indeterminacy, subjectivity, and the construction, use and performance of language. Her interest in the lyric and sonics informs her aesthetic and philosophy of the fragment, rupture, slipperiness, and ambiguity as being the closest indicatives of “real” life. Firestone writes not to resolve but to deepen the questions at hand and sometimes even the confusion.

    In her courses, Firestone uses experiments, play and collaboration to expand definitions of “poetry.” For her, process is as central as the finished poem and community as valued as much as the individual poet.



    Degrees Held

    MFA, Poetry, San Francisco State University

    Professional Affiliation

    Belladonna* Collaborative

    Recent Publications


    Story (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019)

    Ten (BlazeVOX [books], 2019)

    Gates & Fields (Belladonna*, 2017)

    Flashes (Shearsman Books, 2013)

    Holiday (Shearsman Books, 2008)


    Swimming Pool (DoubleCross, 2016)

    LITtle by LITtle (Dusie Kollektiv, 2014)

    Fanimaly (Dusie Kollectiv, 2013)

    Waves (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2007)

    From Flashes (Sona Books, 2006)

    snapshot (Sona Books, 2004)


    Other Influences: An Untold History of Feminist Avant-Garde Poetry (MIT Press, 2024)

    Letters To Poets: Conversations About Poetics, Politics, And Community (Saturnalia Books, 2008)

    Selected Literary Journals & Anthologies

    Brooklyn Rail, Academy of American Poets, HyperallergicPrelude, About Place, Chicago Quarterly, EntropyDrunken Boat, e-ratio, 580 Split, Boog City, Fourteen Hills, How2, Kindergarde: Avant-Garde Poems, Plays, Stories, & Songs for ChildrenPoetry Salzburg Review, Ping Pong, Typo and Xcp: Cross Cultural Poetics.

    Essays :
    The Volta, Poetry Northwest, Jacket Magazine, Tarpaulin Sky, Building is a Process/Light is an Element: Essays and Excursions for Myung Mi Kim, Spellbound: The Art of Teaching Poetry: “Undressing Advertisements--Poetry as Feminist Critique through Harryette Mullen’s Trimmings.” . 


    Performances and Appearances

    Selected Readings:

    The Poetry Project, New York.|
    Segue, New York. Double Take. Apexart, New York.
    Mcnally Jackson, New York.
    Dixon Place, New York.
    Lévy Gorvy Gallery, New York.
    Mental Marginalia, Brooklyn.
    Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant-garde of One, Brooklyn.
    Black Radish Books and the Dusie Kollektiv, Seattle.
    Berl’s Poetry Shop, Brooklyn.
    Bookcourt, Brooklyn. |
    Spare Room, Portland.
    Canessa Gallery, San Francisco.
    Studio One, Oakland.
    A New Cadence Poetry Series, Santa Cruz.
    The Center for Book Arts, New York.
    Outpost 186, Cambridge.





    Research Interests

    20th and 21st century Experimental Poetry and Poetics with emphasis on The Feminist Avant-garde, Documentary and Investigative Poetics, Cross-Genre Texts, Procedural & Constraint-based Poetics, Projects of Community and Collaboration and small press publishing.


    Awards And Honors

    Gates & Fields named one of the best poetry books of 2017 by both The Brooklyn Rail & Lithub.

    2014 Marsh Hawk Press’ Robert Creeley Memorial Prize.

    Visiting Writer: Lower Manhattan Cultural Center Writing Residency (2013-2015).

    Writing Residences: Ragdale Foundation, Constance Saltonstall Foundation For The Art, Vermont Studio Center Residency.

    Recipient of Eugene Lang's Civic Arts residency on the feminist avant-garde.

    Recipient of New School's Mutual Mentoring grant.

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