Firestone, Jennifer

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

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.

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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