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. Shannon Maguire, a poet, scholar, and editor from Canada, is editing a book of my selected essays entitled Feminist Openings, Queer Encounters: Reading Innovative North American Texts. My second project is a critical autobiography entitled Queer Openings: Reading. Gender. Experimental Writing. In this book, I reread my own scholarly archive, including some of the essays in the first book, for the ways that my practice as a literary critic enabled me, at the age of 45, to come out.
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
My goal for this fall is to write "An interdependent theory of reading: Caroline Bergvall's hyphenated practice" for Georgina Colby's forthcoming Reading Experimental Writing.
The abstract for my article, "This (queer) woman who is not one, or lesbian existence beyond the apparition: Unpacking ghost cargo in transnational experimental writing by lesbians," has been accepted for submission to Clare Hemmings and Ilana Eloit's special issue of Feminist Theory on "Lesbian Theory, Feminist Politics: Transnational Perspectives." I plan to start working on the article in December 2017, for submission in April 2018.
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.