Firestone, Jennifer

Jennifer Firestone
MFA, Creative Writing, San Francisco State University
Assistant Professor, Literary Studies

Profile:
I’m interested in experimental poetry and the way it can question and deconstruct aesthetic hierarchies and inherited values. I appreciate writing that takes risks, where something (whether it is a political statement or rebellion against aesthetic norms) is at stake. I’m not impressed with shock or overly didactic poetry. A poem needs to be heartfelt and honest; I need to believe in its emotion and intelligence.
Courses Taught:
  • Advanced Poetry: Contemporary Poetry, Poetics and Letters
  • Introduction to Poetry: 20th Century Poetry and Poetics
  • Intermediate Poetry: Documentary and Investigative Poetics
  • Intermediate Poetry: The New York School of Poets
  • Reading for Writers: Experiments in Poetry
  • The Holocaust: Poetry in Response
  • Literary Foundations 2
Recent Publications:
Letters To Poets: Conversations About Poetics, Politics, And Community (Saturnalia Books, 2008), Holiday (Shearsman Books, 2008), Waves (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2007), From Flashes (Sona Books, 2006), snapshot (Sona Books, 2004).  Individual poems and essays have appeared in How2, Jacket Magazine, Xcp: Cross Cultural Poetics, Fourteen Hills, Poetry Salzburg Review and others.
Email:
FirestoJ@newschool.edu

Research Interests:
20th and 21st century Experimental Poetry and Poetics, The Objectivists, The New York School of Poets, Documentary and Investigative Poetics, Holocaust Poetry, Women Poets, Cross-Genre Work, Cultural Studies, Community and Collaboration.
Professional Affiliations:
The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, Small Press Traffic, Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP).


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