B.A. English, Stanford University
M.A. Creative Writing, University of Washington
Ph.D. English, University of Washington
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246
I teach classes in creative writing and poetics, literature and other arts, and cultural studies. In many of my courses, I emphasize poetics, or why we write how we write. In general, I place a strong emphasis on how something occurs. By understanding, for example, how an essay or poem is constructed or how in the twentieth century the concept of sexuality emerges at the same time as do many new specialized academic disciplines, we are better positioned to understand and to intervene in our existence. Each of us comes into our lives through different historical junctures, inheriting a diverse and sometimes conflicting array of cultural beliefs, ideas, and practices. I hope to help students learn how to participate more actively in the very make-up of their lives—in its furtherance and alteration.
Recent Courses Taught
BIS 378 Languages of Poetry
BIS 387 Women and American Literature: Between Sincerity and Masquerade
BIS 455 Literature and Sexuality
BIS 486 Studies in Women and Literature: The Location of Culture
BISIA 310 Creative Writing: Poetry
BISIA 311 Creative Writing: Prose
BCULST 581 Approaches to Textual Research: What Can We Do With Texts
BCULST 581 Approaches to Textual Research: Love and Sex
BCULST 587 Topics in Cultural and Arts Practices: Autobiography and Autoethnography
My research has evolved through my two primary commitments--to engage in experimental writing and in scholarly inquiry. In my critical book, Omissions Are Not Accidents: Gender in the Art of Marianne Moore, I address how gender is defining for Moore’s poetry, although she herself largely omits gender polemics from her writing. I am in the process of finishing a book-length manuscript, The Transmutation of Love in Twentieth Century Poetry, which claims that in order to understand the modernist and postmodernist poetic innovations of such major writers as Ezra Pound, H.D., Robert Duncan, Kathleen Fraser, and Nathaniel Mackey we need to consider how they write through love, transforming love writing from lover-beloved forms to an impersonal or transpersonal love writing.
In my creative writing, I seek to engage oblique aspects of existence and to alter conventional understanding. My first published full-length book of creative writing, Incapacity—a cross genre work of autobiography, biography, fiction, and poetry—received a book of the year award in 2004 from Small Press Traffic. Rachel Blau DuPlessis commented about this book: “How many facets has event? What is at stake in need? What is authorship? Where do the powerful directives of negativity lead? Engaging the potential of post-patriarchal narrative and subjectivity, yet inside women’s dilemmas in our time, Jeanne Heuving writes a saturated, paradoxical, pensive and intense book on transformative seismic events and on misty envelopments that link inside and out like a moebius loop.” My second book, Transducer, a book of experimental poetry, was described by the poet Andrew Joron as a “trance inducer. Watching its petals fall, I am hypnotized into hearing frequencies audible only to the blind.”
As a participant in an extended international innovative writing scene, I have worked on diverse editing projects, read my work in multiple national and international venues, and curated and produced reading series. I currently serve on the advisory boards for HOW2 and Chax Press, and at UWB coordinate the Writing For Their Lives
Author + Conversation series.
I have received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright Foundation, UW Simpson Humanities Center, and Beinecke Library at Yale.
Transducer, Chax Press, 2008.
Incapacity, Chiasmus Press, 2004.
Omissions Are Not Accidents: Gender in the Art of Marianne Moore (Wayne State University Press, 1992).
“Kathleen Fraser and the Transmutation of Love,” Contemporary Literature, Fall 2010: 532-564.
Jeanne Heuving: in conversation with Dodie Bellamy, Jacket 27 (April 2005): 1-16.
"An Exchange Among Joan Jonas, Susan Howe and Jeanne Heuving," conducted by Valerie Smith. Joan Jonas: Five Works, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York, 2004: 127-136. Reprinted in HOW2:3 (Spring 2005)
A Dialogue About Love [. . .] in the Western World / Tracking Leslie Scalapino," HOW2 1:7 (Spring 2002): 1-45.
"The Violence of Negation or 'Love's Infolding,'" The World in Time and Space: Towards a History of Innovative Poetry 1970-2000, ed. Ed Foster and Joseph Donahue, Talisman House Publishers, 2002: 185-200.