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 Maria A. Dikcis

Northwestern University / English Department / University Hall 215 / 1897 Sheridan Rd. / Evanston, IL 60208 / mdikcis@u.northwestern.edu 

EDUCATION Ph.D., English, Northwestern University, expected 2020 M.A., English, Northwestern University, 2017 M.A., Humanities, The University of Chicago, 2013 B.A., English, French minor, summa cum laude, Loyola University Chicago, 2012 B.S., Psychology, summa cum laude, Loyola University Chicago, 2012

CERTIFICATES Certificate in Teaching, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, Northwestern University, 2018 Certificate in Critical Theory, Interdisciplinary Program in Critical Theory, Northwestern University, 2017

DISSERTATION “Ink, Wave, Signal, Code: Multiethnic American Poetry and Its Technologies After 1960” Committee: Harris Feinsod (chair), John Alba Cutler, James J. Hodge, and Michelle Huang

Since the 1960s, the rapid expansion of a body of texts by African American, Asian American, and Latinx poets has been accompanied by an intensive engagement with several media conditions beyond print. From the mimeograph machine to the vinyl record, and the TV screen to that of the computer, key works by poets of color have reflected the evolving technologies under which they live and write, while critiquing the limits those platforms have imposed upon their cultural work. Considering the long tail of literary modernism’s premium on “experimental” works, I am proposing that poetry’s already well-established fascination with and appropriation of technological means since the earliest days of the historical avant-garde undergoes new inflections as poetic representations of racial identity have experienced a groundswell since the late 20th century. 

RESEARCH & TEACHING INTERESTS  20th and 21st C. poetry and poetics; African American, Asian American, and Latinx literature and culture; critical race and ethnic studies; media theory; digital humanities; contemporary new media, conceptual, and installation art; histories of the carceral state and prison abolition movements

PUBLICATIONS Reviews Review of semiautomatic (Evie Shockley, 2017), Chicago Review, The Black Arts Movement in Chicago, 62:4/63:1/2 “A Panorama of Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Photographs,” CB&Q: Building an Empire, An Archive from the Newberry Library, 2013

Poetry “The Unicorn in Captivity: 1:23am” and “Disbelief is Fertile,” Palimpsest: Yale Graduate Literary & Arts Magazine, Volume IX:TRANS[. . .] “Happy Birthday,” graze magazine 7 “Woman at Her Toilette,” “Station Briefly, the Seasons,” and “Happy Birthday,” Colloquium magazine 2  

Fiction “The Butcher Boy,” Diminuendo: The Loyola Quarterly Literary Magazine, Volume 15, Issue 2 “Acid Gastronomy,” Diminuendo: The Loyola Quarterly Literary Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 3

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, & HONORS Honorable Mention, A. Owen Aldridge Prize, American Comparative Literature Association, 2019 Reading Group Grant, Critical Theory Cluster and Department of English, Northwestern University, 2019 ($250) Interdisciplinary Conference Travel Grant, The Graduate School, Northwestern University, 2019 ($1,000) The Graduate School Co-Sponsorship Grant, Northwestern Prison Education Program, 2019 ($300) Conference Travel Grant, The Graduate School, Northwestern University, 2019 ($1,000) Brady Conference Travel Grant, Department of English, Northwestern University, 2019 ($1,000) Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) Fellow, 2018 ($300) Conference Travel Grant, The Graduate School, Northwestern University, 2018 ($1,000) Humanities Without Walls Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2018 ($5,000) Summer Institute Cologne Fellowship, Urbanism and Hip Hop Program, University of Cologne, Germany, 2016 ($2,000) Mellon Humanities Cluster Fellowship, Poetry & Poetics, Northwestern University, 2014 ($2,500) Phi Beta Kappa, Loyola University Chicago, 2012 Dr. Thomas Richard Gorman Endowed Scholarship in English, Loyola University Chicago, 2011

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS & COLLOQUIA “Turing Tests and Robot Love Poems: Technological Vulnerability in Franny Choi’s Soft Science and Margaret Rhee’s Love, Robot”               American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2020 (accepted)
“Down and Dirty: Mimeography and DIY Activism of the Underground Press Revolution” (presenter) "Doppelgängers, the Internet, and Pedagogy” (panel chair) Midwest Modern Language Association Convention, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2019

"In Print, Out of Bounds: Poetry of the Penal Press and the ‘Question’ of Creative Freedom” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI, 2019

“All in a Day’s Werk: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs’s TwERK and the Performance of Racial Sonic Labor” Cultural Studies Association Conference, Black & Race Studies Working Group, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 2019

“All in a Day’s Werk: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs’s TwERK and the Performance of Racial Sonic Labor” The American Literature Association Conference, African American Literature and Culture Society, Boston, MA, 2019

“Printed Internets: Pseudo-autobiography and Digital Interruptions in 21st C. Multiethnic Poetry” Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States Conference, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2019

“Analog Internet: Pseudo-autobiography and the Poetics of Print Digitality in 21st-Century Multiethnic Writing” Modern Language Association Convention, Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, Chicago, IL, 2019

“Thinking Beyond Surfaces: Brian Kim Stefans’s Kluge: A Meditation and the Avatars of Gertrude Stein” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

“Please Stay Tuned: The Televisual Poetics of Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric” American Literature Seminar, The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, 2018

“Being, ‘Online’: Provisional Identities and the Poetics of Regressive Digitality in Mónica de la Torre’s Public Domain and Trisha Low’s The Compleat Purge”  Media and Historiography Conference, Radio/TV/Film Department, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2017

"Don’t Hate the (Word) Player: Queer Sexual Politics and the Erotics of Wordplay in Harryette Mullen’s Sleeping with the Dictionary” Graduate Student Colloquium, Department of English, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2017 

“Thinking Beyond Surfaces: Brian Kim Stefans’s Kluge: A Meditation, Gertrude Stein’s ‘Continuous Present,’ and the Corruptibility of Time” Department of English Graduate Conference, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2016

“The Erotics of Wordplay: Linguistic Jouissance and Alternative Sexual Politics in Harryette Mullen’s Sleeping with the Dictionary” Summer Institute Colloquium, University of Cologne, Germany, 2016                        

INVITED TALKS Graduate Student Roundtable Discussion, Office of Undergraduate Research, Northwestern University, 2018 Moderator, “The workshop, the anecdote, the powerpoint, and the cookbook,” talk by Tan Lin, Poetry & Poetics Colloquium, Northwestern University, 2016 Alumni PhD Panel, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, Campus Days, The University of Chicago, 2015 Master’s Thesis Symposium, “‘Further and further inside, the certitude of absence’: Liminality, (Non)presence, and the Poetics of Embodiment in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee,” Poetry & Poetics Workshop, The University of Chicago, 2013                        

TEACHING EXPERIENCE Instructor of Record Northwestern University Department of English “Writing Television: Theory, Poetics, Politics,” Spring 2018 Expository writing course for 12 students from various disciplinary backgrounds 

Teaching Assistant Northwestern University Department of English “Becoming Latinx,” Professor John Alba Cutler, Winter 2018 “Introduction to Film and Its Literatures,” Professor Nick Davis, Spring 2017  “Introduction to Film and Its Literatures,” Professor Nick Davis, Winter 2016 “Introduction to Shakespeare,” Professor Susan Phillips, Fall 2015

Northwestern University Department of Spanish & Portuguese “Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature,” Professor Frances Aparicio, Winter 2017

Volunteer Instructor The Odyssey Project, Illinois Humanities “Tweets, ’Grams, Emoji, Texts: The Literary Forms of 21st Century Social Media,” Fall 2019 Three-week workshop for 17 alumni of the Odyssey Project, a free college-credit granting program for adults with limited access to higher education

Northwestern Prison Education Program “Introduction to Poetry: Voices, Rhythms, and Visions of Chicago,” co-taught with Anne Boemler (English, Northwestern), Spring 2019 Six-week skills-based writing course for 15 incarcerated students at Cook County Department of Corrections, Division 6; Poetry readings by invited guest speakers Nate Marshall and Daniel Borzutzky

Splash! at Northwestern “Poetry’s Oddities, or What in the World is a Zeugma?”, Spring 2019 One-day course on complex and usual poetic forms for 20 Chicagoland high school students participating in college immersion program

New TA Conference, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, Northwestern University   “To B or Not to B: An Introduction to TAing in the English Department,” co-taught with Anne Boemler (English, Northwestern), Summer 2017  “Massaging the Medium: Enriching Students’ Comprehension through Integrated Media Approaches,” co-taught with Angela Leone (Rhetoric & Public Culture, Northwestern), Summer 2017  Two one-day workshops preparing 20 Northwestern PhD students to TA in the Department of English and other media centered courses

Northwest Cultural Council “Contemporary Conceptualisms,” Fall 2015 One-day lecture and creative writing poetry workshop for 10 senior citizen community members

RESEARCH & PEDAGOGICAL TRAINING Fellow, Poetry & Poetics Colloquium, Northwestern University, 2014–present    Participant, Graduate Student Digital Humanities Pedagogy Workshop, Northwestern University, 2018–2019 Participant, Teaching Certificate Program, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, Northwestern University, 2017–2018 Presenter, The Newberry Seminar in American Literature, The Newberry Library, 2017–2018     Participant, Seminar in Teaching College Composition, Cook Family Writing Program, Northwestern University, 2017 Participant, Ordinary Media Workshop, Northwestern University, 2016–2017           Graduate Scholar, Chicago Studies and the Archive, Instructed by Liesl Olson, The Newberry Library, 2017                  

ACADEMIC SERVICE & LEADERSHIP Founder and Facilitator, 21st-Century Critical Prison Studies Reading Group, Critical Theory Program, Northwestern University, 2019-present Poetry Staff Member, Chicago Review, 2018–present Peer Mentor, MFA+MA Litowitz Creative Writing Program, Department of English, Northwestern University, 2018–present Workshop Leader, New Teaching Assistant Conference, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, Northwestern University, 2017 Research Assistant, Professor Harris Feinsod, Department of English, Northwestern University, 2016    Editorial Staff, Cadence: Loyola’s Annual Arts Journal, Loyola University Chicago, 2009–2012 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Editorial Assistant, RHINO Poetry Journal, Evanston, IL, May 2015–September 2015 Read and provided critical commentary on 20-25 manuscript submissions per week; Attended meetings with editorial board to collectively select pieces to be published

Center Administrator, Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, October 2013–September 2014 Maintained and developed the Center’s website by writing content and updating the calendar; Organized all Center events by contacting guest speakers and ensuring that venues and vendors were in place; Tracked cross-disciplinary initiatives at the University, including current faculty publications and courses relevant to the study of American culture; Managed the budget and all finances for the Center 

Manuscripts and Archives Intern, The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, June 2013–August 2013 Processed archival materials for the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad Company collection; Conducted research on 20th C. American social and cultural movements, photography, and transportation developments; Attended colloquia on artist’s books, Native American and Indigenous studies, music and travel, and Shakespearean artifacts

VOLUNTEER CAUSES Poetry Workshop Leader, Poetry in the Schools: The Voice Within Us, Northwestern Poetry & Poetics Colloquium, Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.), Evanston, IL, 2018 Participated in weekly creative writing workshops with high school youth

Pen pal, Black and Pink, Chicago, IL, 2017–2018                    Corresponded through letter writing with an incarcerated individual who identifies as LGBTQIA2S+

Tutor, Southside Scribblers, Bret Harte Elementary School, 2014 Led and designed weekly creative writing activities in elementary level after-school program 

LANGUAGES English (native); French (advanced); Spanish (beginning); HTML, CSS, and Javascript (beginning)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS African American Literature and Culture Society, American Comparative Literature Association, American Studies Association, Cultural Studies Association, Midwest Modern Language Association, Modern Language Association, Northwestern Center for Legal Studies, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States