Michael Dowdy is associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina. He has published two books of criticism, American Political Poetry in the 21st Century (Palgrave) and Broken Souths: Latina/o Poetic Responses to Neoliberalism and Globalization (University of Arizona Press), and his scholarly articles have appeared in numerous journals. His publications as a poet include the book Urbilly, winner of the 2017 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award (forthcoming, late 2017), the chapbook The Coriolis Effect (Bright Hill Press) and poems in many magazines and journals. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and been a faculty fellow at the National Endowment for the Humanities and at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center. Originally from Blacksburg, Virginia, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and taught at Hunter College of the City University of New York for nine years before moving to South Carolina.