Gregory Laynor


Pre-Doctoral Lecturer

BA, Liberal Studies, Union Institute & University
MA, English and Creative Writing, Temple University
PhC, English, University of Washington

Office: Husky Hall 1416
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011



As a teacher, I focus on offering students multiple modes of engaging historical materials in relation to their own interests and experiences. My courses present the intersections of art forms as occasions for thinking about the history of perception and the politics of attention. I ask students to ask questions and pursue answers through further research, art experiments, discussions, and presentations.

Recent Courses Taught

BIS 203 History of Interarts
BIS 470 Art, Politics, and Social Change


My art, research, and teaching focus on the social relations, technical mediations, and embodied actions involved in language and literacy. My work as an interdisciplinary artist focuses on the making of poetry through events, exchanges, archives, institutions, and objects. My scholarly research on the interdisciplinary works of artists such as John Cage, Yoko Ono, and Gertrude Stein intersects fields such as poetics, art history, performance studies, media studies, and queer studies. Through the Simpson Center for the Humanities, I am co-organizer of Affect & Audience in the Digital Age, a research group interested in the institutional, curatorial, and pedagogical implications of contemporary poetry’s emergent modes of digitally-mediated art and scholarship.

Selected Talks and Exhibitions

Institute for Neo Connotative Action, Detroit (2014).

Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2013).

City University of New York Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, New York (2011).

Hedreen Gallery, Seattle (2011).

Temple Gallery, Philadelphia (2009).

UbuWeb (2008).