Ph.D., Florida State University, 2015
Twentieth-Century American Avant-Garde
Literature and Post-1960 Periodical Studies
Nick Sturm’s research and teaching explore the interdisciplinary poetics of innovative American literature with a particular focus on the New York School of poets and adjacent aesthetic movements. Like his teaching with undergraduate students, this scholarship is multimodal—including a digital publishing project, essays, book chapters, data visualizations, interviews, and podcasts—and relies on primary source archival research as well as direct engagement with the artists he studies.
Dr. Sturm’s research has been supported by Emory University’s Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, where he was the Postdoctoral Fellow in Poetics from 2020-21, as well as by grants from Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut. Currently he is completing editorial projects related to the work of poets Alice Notley and Ted Berrigan and editing a digital cluster for the scholarly journal Post45 on post-1960 little magazines. His undergraduate teaching has earned awards from Florida State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. More information about his teaching, pedagogical interests, and scholarship are available at his website www.nicksturm.com, including his research-based blog Crystal Set.
Selected Essays and Book Chapters
“Joe Brainard’s Comic Bokes: Poetry and Comics in the New York School,” forthcoming in Comics and Modernism edited by Jonathan Najarian. Under contract with University Press of Mississippi.
“‘There are no typographical errors in this edition’: Burroughs’s Textual Infection of the New York School,” Burroughs Unbound: William Burroughs and the Performance of Writing edited by Stanley Gontarski. Forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic, December 2021. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/burroughs-unbound-9781501362187.
“Differing Freak Wonder,” an essay on the life and work of poet Jim Brodey. The Poetry Foundation, February 2021. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/articles/155332/differing-freak-wonder.
“‘The beauty of this world knocked me off my feet’: The Poetry of Dick Gallup (1941-2021).” The Brooklyn Rail, February 2021. https://brooklynrail.org/2021/02/poetry/The-beauty-of-this-world-knocked-me-off-my-feet-The-Poetry-of-Dick-Gallup.
“A Brief History of The Poetry Project Newsletter.” The Poetry Project Newsletter #263, February 2021. https://www.poetryproject.org/publications/newsletter/263/a-brief-history-of-the-poetry-project-newsletter.
“‘I make these collages and write’: Alice Notley’s Visual Art.” Jacket2, December 2020. http://jacket2.org/article/i-make-these-collages-and-write.
“The Fires Behind Him: Lorenzo Thomas’s Collected Poems records a lifelong commitment to the liberatory potential of Black nationalism.” The Poetry Foundation, December 2019. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/articles/151701/the-fires-behind-him.
“‘Fuck work’: The Reciprocity of Labor and Pleasure in Joe Brainard’s Writing,” Joe Brainard’s Art, edited by Yasmine Shamma. Edinburgh University Press, April 2019.
“Unceasing Museums: Alice Notley’s ‘Modern Americans in Their Place at Chicago Art Institute.’” ASAP/J, with republished edition of Notley’s original essay, March 2019. https://asapjournal.com/unceasing-museums-alice-notleys-modern-americans-in-their-place-at-chicago-art-institute-nick-sturm/.
“Life in Scatter: Bill Berkson’s memoir reveals a poet both of—and ahead of—his time.” The Poetry Foundation, January 2019. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/articles/149049/life-in-scatter.
“From J to C: Jack Spicer’s and Ted Berrigan’s Shared Mimeograph Revolution,” Following the Fellows Series in connection with Emory University’s Rose Library Fellowship, August 2016. https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/marbl/2016/08/24/ftf-nick-sturm/.
“‘All this pain is necessary’: Amiri Baraka’s SOS: Poems 1961-2013.” ArtsATL, April 2016. https://www.artsatl.org/review-all-pain-necessary-amiri-barakas-sos-poems-1961-2013/.