Poetry. The essays collected in this volume are cross-genre hybrids of creative and critical enchantment with the multifaceted works of Susan Howe from 1969 to 2019. Through print and electronic, video and vinyl, manuscript and typescript, gallery installation and special collection media and methods, W. Scott Howard illuminates Howe's "invisible colliding phenomena" of folding floreate flare. Howard's prose modulates from lyrical invocations to theoretical discourses, becoming increasingly embedded in generative, unpredictable intersections among Howe's archives, artifacts, and factual telepathy. The book also includes an extensive interview with Susan Howe concerning chance and discipline in her poetics and praxis from My Emily Dickinson to Debths. Howard's writing moves within and against fields of study (mainly history, literature, and philosophy plus a few others here and there); across and through time periods (from the early modern to now), following a nonconformist's helical quest 'after' the poet's signal escapes.
W. Scott Howard received his PhD (1998) in English and Critical Theory from the University of Washington, Seattle, where he was a member of the Subtext Collective. At the University of Denver, he teaches in the Department of English & Literary Arts; and in the Emergent Digital Practices Program, the Critical Theory Program, the University Honors Program, and the DU-Iliff PhD Program. His teaching, research, and publications engage the fields of modern and postmodern American poetry; Renaissance and early modern literature & culture; poetics and historiography; literary & cultural theory; and digital humanities. Scott worked at Powell's Books (1990-1993) where he managed the Critical Theory section and the prism interdisciplinary discussion series, and co-managed (with Vanessa Renwick) the Small Press & Journals section and the dew.claw reading series. His literary arts interviews appeared in PLAZM magazine (1993-1997), one of which was noted in the documentary film, Helvetica (2007). Scott is the founding editor of Appositions: Studies in Renaissance / Early Modern Literature & Culture; and of Reconfigurations: A Journal for Poetics & Poetry / Literature & Culture. Scott's work has received support from the Modern Language Association; the Pew Charitable Trusts; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Beinecke Library, Yale University; and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Scott lives in Englewood, CO where he gardens, writes, and commutes year-round by bicycle, following what crow dost. At the University of Denver, he is professor of English & Literary Arts; and editor of Denver Quarterly.Author City: DENVER, CO USA