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Author: Catherine Wagner

Catherine Wagner was born in Myanmar (then Burma) during the Vietnam War to American military parents, afterwards living in the Philippines, Indonesia, Yemen, and India before moving to the US. She is professor of creative writing at Miami University, where she is a university labor organizer and founding member of the Environmental Humanities Research Collaborative. Wagner holds a PhD in English: Creative Writing from the University of Utah and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. Her poems appear in the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry and Out of Everywhere: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America and the UK, among other anthologies. Her latest books include OF COURSE (Fence Books, 2020), NERVOUS DEVICE (City Lights, 2012), MY NEW JOB (Fence, 2009), MACULAR HOLE (Fence Books, 2004), and MISS AMERICA (Fence Books, 2001). Her writing on academic labor has appeared in Poetry and Work: Work in Modern and Contemporary Anglophone Poetry (Palgrave, 2019), Toward.Some.Air: Remarks on Poetics (Banff Centre Press, 2015), World Social and Economic Review of Contemporary Policy Issues (2017), Poetic Labor Project, and elsewhere. Recent poems appear in Poetry, Brooklyn Rail, Lana Turner, Chicago Review and other journals. She currently occupies a rectangular urban plot in a riverine valley, site of the still- embattled abolitionist/anti-abolitionist city Cincinnati, Ohio. From a blockhouse nearby, the first US Army marched north in the 1790s to battle the Miami-Shawnee coalition in a war that made heritable private property in the Ohio Valley safe for invading settler-colonizers and served as a template for ongoing continental and intercontinental genocide and ecocide. Although at present she continues to pay down her mortgage, she seeks to unsettle herself, her neighbors, her son and her cat.

Macular Hole
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Macular Hole

Fence Books

Poetry. Catherine Wagner's poems proclaim a finitude that is anything but final, that is instead embodied and generative. That Wagner is in love with the world and its transactions—perceptions, superficial and otherwise; childbearing, painful and ot...

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Miss America
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Miss America

Fence Books

Poetry. "The poems of Catherine Wagner are instantly sacramental, immediately mysterious. Showing songlines to Spicer's profanity and to Zukofsky's purest register, they move through musics entirely their own. There, MISS AMERICA finds a broken worl...

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My New Job
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My New Job

Fence Books

Poetry. A third book of poems by a gurlesque pioneer who continues her intimate and formally inventive exploration of gender, sex, commerce, and power.

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Nervous Device
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Nervous Device

City Lights Publishers

Poetry. In NERVOUS DEVICE, Catherine Wagner takes inspiration from William Blake's "bounding line" to explore the poem as a body at the intersection between poet and audience. Using this as a figure for sexual, political, and economic interactions, ...

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Of Course
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Of Course

Fence Books

Poetry. A lot gets in the way of the revolution. Plants for president. Catherine Wagner is trying to figure out how to be in good relation when the revolution isn't come. OF COURSE is about burnout, and loneliness in a crowd: The lonely is a white m...

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