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Hillary Gravendyk

Hillary Gravendyk


Assistant Professor of English

Education: B.A., Tulane University; M.A., University of Washington; M.A., Ph.D., University of California Berkeley

Expertise: 20th-Century American Literature; Poetry and Poetics; Phenomenology; Disability Studies; Environmental Studies

With Pomona Since: 2009; on leave 2013-14

Office: Crookshank Hall 101

Campus Phone: (909) 607-2212

Email: Hillary Gravendyk

Research Interests

Perhaps the reason that poetry and poetics has remained such a consistent research interest for me is that it is such an expansive category: writing about poetry has allowed me to develop my thinking on environmental issues and naturalist history; engage the projects of conceptual and visual artists; participate in the emergent field of illness and disability studies; and to begin to work with early twentieth-century phenomenology. The study of poetry allows me to follow my critical muse down just about any theoretical or cultural path, and yet I never have to abandon the delight and familiarity of writing about poems —instead, I’m allowed to bring an old skill to a new world, again and again.

Editing projects currently in process or under review

  • Through, Plain by Larry Eigner (with a critical introduction) and The Holloway Anthology; 30 years of Poetry at Berkeley (with Lyn Hejinian)
  • Recent poetry has appeared in: American Letters & Commentary, Barnstorm, The Bellingham Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, The Colorado Review, The Eleventh Muse, Fourteen hills, Ghosting Atoms: Poems and Reflections After the Bomb, MARY, 1913: A Journal of Forms, Octopus Magazine, Tarpaulin Sky

Selected Awards and Honors

  • University of California, Berkeley; Chancellor’s Fellowship, 2003-08; Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, 2008; and University Teaching Effectiveness Award, 2008
  • Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prize in Poetry 2006 & 2008
  • The Center for British Studies, Kirk Underhill Graduate Paper Prize, 2007
  • Emily Chamberlain Cook Prize in Poetry, 2007
  • Joan Lee Yang Memorial Prize in Poetry, 2007