Michael Dowdy’s research and teaching interests include U.S. Latina/o studies, Latinx literatures, poetry and poetics, poetry of the Americas, hemispheric American studies, and multi-ethnic literatures of the U.S. His writing focuses on representations of space, place, and nature in modern and contemporary poetries.

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.

For further information, visit his faculty webpage at the University of South Carolina.


Broken Souths: Latina/o Poetic Responses to Neoliberalism and Globalization, published by the University of Arizona Press, 2013. Check this page for details.

American Political Poetry in the 21st Century, published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. See here and here. This book examines the language of individual and collective agency in various strains of contemporary American poetry and hip-hop music.

Articles and book chapters:

August 2016: “Ascendance and Abjection: Reading Latina/o Poetry in the Summer of Trump,” in The American Poetry Review.

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August 2016. “They Must Be Re(pre)sented: Archiving Nuyorican Poetry’s ‘Diasporous’ Bodies.” Review essay of In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam, by Urayoán Noel. In Journal of Modern Literature.

Spring 2016. “Reinventing Ecopoetics: Chicano Poetry’s Undocumentary Turn.” In Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies.

Acknowledged Legislator

“‘The black braid of names’: A Hemispheric Mapping of Martín Espada’s Lyric Monuments,” in Acknowledged Legislator: Critical Essays on the Poetry of Martín Espada, published by Farleigh Dickinson University Press, edited by Edward J. Carvalho, April 2014, pp. 219-241. To buy this collection, click here.

“‘Andando entre dos mundos’: Towards an Appalachian Latino Literature,” in Appalachian Journal 39.3-4 (2012), pp. 270-288.

“‘Of the smog’: José Emilio Pacheco’s Concussive Poetics of Mexico City,” in Hispanic Review 79.2 (2011), pp. 291-316.

“‘A mountain / in my pocket’: The Affective Spatial Imagination in Post-1952 Puerto Rican Poetry,” in MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States) 35.2 (2010), in a special issue on Multi-Ethnic Poetics edited by Keith Leonard and Meta Jones, pp. 41-67.

“Spaces for Congregation and Creative Play: Martín Espada’s and Victor Hernández Cruz’s Poetic Plazas,” in College Literature 37.2 (2010), pp. 1-23.

“Live Hip Hop, Collective Agency, and ‘Acting in Concert,’” in Popular Music and Society 30.1 (2007), pp. 75-90.

“Working in the Space of Disaster: Yusef Komunyakaa’s Dialogues with America,” in Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts & Letters 28.3 (2005), pp. 812-823.

Subcomandante Skater, Mexico City

Subcomandante Skater, Mexico City, 2009

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