WORK IN PROGRESS
I have ambitious writing goals for the next five years: two book projects, several articles and book chapters, the publication of several interviews with London-based feminist academics and writers. The pieces I'm working on share a commitment to understanding what it means to be intellectual, queer, and a (white, cis, privileged, reproductive, formerly heterosexual) woman in this very troubling historical moment: the early twenty-first century.
My two book projects are interrelated. The first, a book of my selected essays 1987-2015, is being edited by Shannon Maguire, a poet, scholar, and editor from Canada, and is tentatively entitled Feminist Openings, Queer Encounters: Reading Innovative North American Texts. The second book is a critical autobiography entitled Queer Openings: Reading. Gender. Experimental Writing. In this book, I reread my own scholarly archive for the ways that my practice as a literary critic enabled me to articulate my lesbian existence, despite the fact that I lived a heterosexual life until I came out at age 45.
Queer Openings has developed out of "Reading for Queer Openings: Moving. Archives of the Self. Fred Wah," a chapter I wrote for Linda Morra's forthcoming book Moving Archives. On October 25th, 2017, I gave a talk based on this chapter at Robert Hampson's Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar Series at Senate House in London.
BOOK CHAPTERS AND ARTICLES
'Strange Passages(s): On finding ourselves in queer space with Caroline Bergvall,' which will appear in Georgina Colby's forthcoming Reading Experimental Writing (Edinburgh University Press, 2019).
'This (Queer) Woman Who Is Not One, and the Other Who Is: Enacting gender ontoformativity in experimental writing,' has been submitted to Clare Hemmings and Ilana Eloit to be considered for their special issue of Feminist Theory on "Lesbian Theory, Feminist Politics: Transnational Perspectives."
Since January 2017, I have conducted in-depth interviews with two of the women in London whose work has influenced me most. The first lengthy interview was with Clare Hemmings, director of the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics, where, shortly after moving to London, I spent a joyous Lent term 2012. The second interview was with writer and artist Caroline Bergvall. Now my neighbour and friend, Caroline and I have known each other since the mid-1990s, when we met at Romana Huk's Assembling Alternatives conference at the University of New Hampshire. An early interview Caroline and I conducted together may be found here. Edited versions of both interviews are forthcoming in the European Journal of Women's Studies.