Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
I found my way to the United States as a foreign student on a one-year scholarship to attend Indiana University. Like so many other foreigners coming to this country, I stayed on. I completed my doctorate in 1989 and began working for EMU soon after. In 1999, I became an American citizen. Despite having lived in America for many years, I've retained a distinct German accent. There are no doubt other things "German" about me, including research projects that frequently take me back to the country in which I was born and raised. My recent scholarly interests include modern poetry and poetics; theories of gesture and embodiment; ecotheory and criticism. In addition, since the fall of 2015, I have been editor of JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory, which is produced by EMU's English Department. I continue to think and write about the poetry of T. S. Eliot and Muriel Rukeyser and developed, with the help of students, the Muriel Rukeyser: A Living Archive Website.