Alan Gilbert

Author of the poetry books, The Treatment of Monuments (2012) and Late in the Antenna Fields (2011), as well as a collection of essays, articles, and reviews entitled Another Future: Poetry and Art in a Postmodern Twilight (2006). His poems have appeared in The Baffler, Bomb, Boston Review, Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, jubilat, and The Nation, among other places. His writings on poetry and art have appeared in a variety of publications, including Artforum, The Believer, Bookforum, Cabinet, HTMLGIANT, Modern Painters, Parkett, and The Village Voice. Recipient of a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and a 2006 Creative Capital Foundation Award for Literature. Taught poetry and poetics at Columbia University and Wesleyan University. SLC, 2013–

Graduate Courses

Writing 2017-2018

Poetry Craft: 20th-Century Avant-Garde Poetry


This class will focus on the history of 20th-century avant-garde poetry. We will begin briefly in the 19th century with Charles Baudelaire, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Lautréamont, and Stéphane Mallarmé and then examine various avant-garde, experimental, and non-mainstream poetry movements, including Symbolism, Imagism, Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Harlem Renaissance, Négritude, Black Arts Movement, Black Mountain School, Beats, New York School, feminist poetry, Objectivism, cross-cultural poetics, ethnopoetics, spoken-word poetry, hip-hop, language poetry, concrete poetry, and more. We will end by focusing on recent trends, such as Flarf, conceptual writing, and digital poetry. Along the way, we will pause to talk more extensively about important figures in this history, such as T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, Aimé Césaire, Charles Olson, Adrienne Rich, Amiri Baraka, John Ashbery, and Alice Notley, as well as read the work of a few younger writers. We will also occasionally reference parallel developments in 20th-century avant-garde art, theatre, and music. We will write poems inspired by, though not necessarily imitative of, materials presented in class.