David Calonne

A photo of David Calonne

Lecturer III

English Language and Literature

617D Pray-Harrold


[email protected]


B.A. Ancient Greek, University of California at Los Angeles
Ph.D. English, University of Texas at Austin

Interests and Expertise

Beat Literature, Native American Literature, Twentieth Century American Literature

Has also taught at University of Texas at Austin, University of Michigan, University of Chicago.


  • LITR  420   Studies in the British Novel
  • LITR 180    Rebels and Outsiders in Literature: Beat Literature
  • LITR 161    Native American Literature
  • LITR 103    All the World's a Stage: Introduction to Drama
  • LITR 102    Metaphor Matters: Introduction to Poetry
  • LITR 101    Imaginary Worlds: Introduction to Fiction
  • LITR 100    Worlds on the Page: Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 300W   Writing About Literature
  • WRTG 121  Researching the Public Experience

Publications and Presentations

Diane di Prima: Visionary Poetics and the Hidden Religions (New York: Bloomsbury, 2019)

The Spiritual Imagination of the Beats
 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Conversations with Gary Snyder
 (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2017)

Henry Miller: Critical Lives
 (London: Reaktion Books, 2014)

Charles Bukowski: Critical Lives
 (London: Reaktion Books, 2012)

William Saroyan: My Real Work Is Being
 (Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1983)

Literati Bookstore, Book signing for The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way: Charles Bukowski on Writing, February 2019

"On Diane Di Prima," Ypsilanti Public Library, Spring 2018

"Diane di Prima and the Hidden Religions," Paris, France, European Beat Studies Network, October, 2017

"William Saroyan and Armenian Literature," Oxford University, August 2017


Independent Studies on Bukowski and H.P. Lovecraft

Selected Professional Service

Created course on Beat Literature for EMU Literature Department which I have taught several times: LITR 180, Rebels and Outsiders: Beat Literature