Welcome to the website for Michael Dowdy, scholar, poet, and teacher. Peruse for publications about and occasional dispatches from the crooked spine of the Americas–from the Global Souths of Latin America to the unitedstatesian south, from the Andes to the Appalachians, from Colombia to Columbia, South Carolina.
NEW, MARCH 30, 2017: “Poetry from a Year of Precarity” just launched at ASAP/J, the online arm of the terrific ASAP/Journal. This is a review essay of five exceptional books from 2016, by Daniel Borzutzky, Susan Briante, Don Mee Choi, Solmaz Sharif, and Rodrigo Toscano.
NEW, MARCH 21, 2017: My full-length poetry collection, Urbilly, has just won the 2017 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award and will be published in late 2017.
My study of Latinx poetry and poetics, Broken Souths: Latina/o Poetic Responses to Neoliberalism and Globalization, has recently been popping up among some brilliant company. Read here and here and here.
About the header photograph: the Day of the Dead parade, in the Bywater, New Orleans, in 2012. Photograph by Ryan Dowdy. My ekphrastic poem on this photo was published in in the December 2014 issue of Cobalt Review.
My commentary on poetry is now posted on Progressive Poetics, a collaborative project curated and compiled by the poet H.L. Hix. Responding to Adorno, Auden, Tu Fu, and a string of short responses by poets and critics, Hix’s “one-question interview” has generated some tremendous commentaries. Here’s mine.
This course blog for my Fall 2014 MA seminar on documentary poetry is a good place to check out what I do in my classes. Also, check out this course blog from my Spring 2015 undergraduate course on Latina/o poetry.
Follow me on Twitter: @dowdymc