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Scholarly Associate Professor Linda Russo

Linda Russo

Biography:

Linda Russo teaches courses in creative writing and literature, directs the land-based web project EcoArtsOnThePalouse.com, and is currently the Director of Creative Writing. She received her Ph.D. in English from the Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and her M.F.A. from Emerson College, and is the recipient of fellowships from Centrum, the Ragdale Foundation and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Her creative and critical writing centers around understanding relationships between humans and the more-than-human world, which takes the shape through ecopoetics,  geopoetics and site-based creative works.

Poetry:

Midwinter Constellation (collaboration). Lead: Becca Klaver. Black Lawrence Press (NY), 2022.

Plant Poems Project (2021)

Interview at the Scottish Poetry Library (Edinburgh, Scotland), April 2016

Participant, Winner of the Bessmilr Brigham Poets Prize. Lost Roads Press (Jackson, WY), 2016

Meaning to Go to the Origin in Some Way. Shearsman Books, (Bristol, England), 2015

Poems have appeared in magazines including Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Interim, New American Writing, Shearsman, South Dakota Review, Tears in the Fence, and Tinfish, and online at Ecotone, EntropyE-RatioJournal of Poetics Research, La Vague Journal, and Open Letters Monthly

Ecocriticism, Ecopoetics, Geopoetics:

EcoArtsOnThePalouse.com

“Real and Mythopoetic Geographies: Reading Joanne Kyger’s “fragmented, i.e. several valleys.” in Kyoto.” Poet in Place and Time: Critical Essays on Joanne Kyger, ed. Jane Falk and Mary Paniccia Carden. (Clemson University Press). Forthcoming.

“Decolonial Praxis/Indigenous Resurgence: Relational Accountability in ‘Kin Study’ Poetics,” The Routledge Companion to Ecopoetics, ed. Mary Newell, Bernard Quetchenbach and Orchid Tierney (Routledge, 2023).

“Pygmy Rabbit: Brachylagus idahoensis.” becoming—Feral: A Book of Beasts. Ed. Josh Armstrong, Alexandra Lakind, Chessa Adsit-Morris, Rebekka Sæter, Addie Hopes, Emery Jenson, Sabrina Manero. Objet-a Creative Studio (Glasgow, UK, 2021)

“Ways of Being Earthly: Sympoetic Ecopoesis and Birds in Larry Eigner’s Poems.” Momentous Inconclusions: New Essays on Larry Eigner, ed. Jennifer Bartlett & George Hart. (University of New Mexico Press, 2021).

dear places thereincollaboration with visual artist Daniela Molnar (2020).

Geopoetics in Practice. Co-edited with Eric Magrane, Sarah De Leeuw, and Craig Santos Perez. (Routledge, 2020).

Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the AnthropoceneCo-edited with Marthe Reed. (Wesleyan University Press, 2018).

Revisiting a Journal Taken to Mount Talol/Pooksaus/Tahoma/Tacobeh/Tacoma/Rainier.” Ecotone, 2017.

Poems from Meaning to Go to the Origin in Some Way (Shearsman, 2015) are planted along the Rideau Trail in a forested area in Ontario, Canada with Rout/e Footpress: Poetry Found in Place. (2017)

Writings on bioregional poetries can be viewed at Jacket2 (May-August, 2015)

“Writing Within: Notes on Ecopoetics as Spatial Practice.” How2 vol. 3, no. 2 (2008)

Literary Essays:

To Think of her Writing Awash in Light (Winner of the Subito Press Lyric Essay award, selected by John D’Agata). Subito Press, (Boulder CO), 2016.

“but you whiz by”: on slow reading, textual curating, vernacular scholarship, & Wave Books’ edition of Lorine Niedecker’s “Lake Superior.” Tripwire 10 (April 2016)

“The light of this: An itinerant essay around a reading of The Gorgeous Nothings.” Jacket2 (2014)

“Reading Iovis in Bolinas.” (a review-essay of Anne Waldman’s The Iovis Trilogy)Jacket2 (2013)

‘Precious, Rare and Mundane’: On the Work of Joanne Kyger.” Introduction to About Now: Collected Poems by Joanne Kyger ( Orono, ME: National Poetry Foundation, 2007)

Published Articles:

“How You Want to be Styled: Philip Whalen in Correspondence with Joanne Kyger, 1959-1964.” Among Friends: Gender and the Social Site of Poetry, ed. Libbie Rifkin and Anne Dewey (University of Iowa Press, 2013)

“Poetics of Adjacency: 0-9 and the Conceptual Writing of Bernadette Mayer & Hannah Weiner.” Don’t Ever Get Famous: Essays on New York Writing Beyond the ‘ New York School ‘, ed. Daniel Kane. ( Normal, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 2006)

“Dealing in Parts and Particulars: Joanne Kyger’s Early Epic Poetics.” Girls Who Wore Black: Women Writing the Beat Generation , ed. Nancy Grace and Rhonna Johnson (NJ: Rutgers, 2002)[Reprinted in The Beat Generation: A Gale Critical Companion , ed. Lynn M. Zott (MI: Gale, 2003)]

“The ‘F’ Word in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: An Account of Women-Edited Small Presses and Journals.” The World in Time and Space: Towards a History of Innovative American Poetry In Our Time, ed. Edward Foster. Talisman, A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics #23-26 (2002)

“The Limited Scope of the Recuperative Model: a context for reading Joanne Kyger.”Introduction to a guest-edited Feature on Joanne Kyger. Jacket 11(April 2000)

Teaching Interests:

creative, investigative & experimental writing; 20th & 21st century poetries; women’s writing; writing in place

Contact Information

Linda Russo, M.F.A, Ph.D
Scholarly Associate Professor
Office: Avery 321
Office Hours: TUES and WED  3-4
Email: lrusso@wsu.edu