Stephanie Anderson is a PhD candidate in the English Department, writing a dissertation on twentieth century American poetry. She is also the author of a book of poetry, In the Key of Those Who Can No Longer Organize Their Environments (Horse Less Press) and several chapbooks.
Joel Calahan is a PhD student in comparative literature and a translator of Italian poetry. His research focuses on translation theory and practice and twentieth-century poetry in English and Italian, especially the avant-garde movements of these literatures. He is also interested in Marxist criticism and linguistic approaches to literature. Some poets that inspire him to eager conversation include Emily Dickinson, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Louis Zukofsky, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Edoardo Sanguineti, Marcello Frixione, and Keston Sutherland.
Michael Hansen is coeditor of Chicago Review. He is writing a dissertation on Victorian prosody. An article on the eighteenth-century sonnet revival was recently published in Literary Imagination and his poems have appeared in journals such as Boston Review, Volt, Denver Quarterly, and Verse.
Rachel Kyne is a third-year PhD student in the English department. She works mainly on the poetics and visual cultures of Anglo-American and French modernism. She has a BFA in Visual Arts (Painting) from the Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver (2005) and an MA in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University, Montreal (2010). She is particularly interested in the use of interior spaces, visual icons, and technological apparatuses to mediate subjective encounters in poetry, prose, and drama.
Patrick Morrissey is a PhD student in the English Department. He studies mainly twentieth-century poetry but is also broadly interested in transnational modernism, the long history of poetry and poetics, and aesthetic philosophy. He is a member of the Chicago Review poetry staff and author of the chapbook Transparency (Cannibal Books, 2009). His poems and essays have appeared in New American Writing, Harp & Altar, Colorado Review, and other journals.
Erin Nerstad is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English. She is writing a dissertation on the intersection of religious faith and poetic form in nineteenth-century British poetry. She has an article on Robert Browning in the Winter 2012 issue of Victorian Poetry.
Dustin Simpson, a PhD student in Comparative Literature, is writing a dissertation on modern poetry and pleasure, with chapters on Charles Baudelaire, T.S. Eliot, and Hart Crane. Dustin is interested in all kinds of poetry (especially American, British and French), late romanticism, decadence, Aestheticism, modernism and the avant-garde, and aesthetics and philosophy of art.
Johanna Winant is working on a PhD in English. She is interested in the fields of lyric poetry and poetics as well as 20th century literature. She returns often to particular authors such as: Lowell, Bishop, Plath, Moore, Coleridge, Dickinson, Stevens, and Joyce. She returns often to particular problems such as: the lyric speaker, figurative language, and aesthetic and epistemological questions about what a poem is, how it works, and what (if anything) we can learn from it.