Jeffrey Pethybridge

Core Assistant Professor, Summer Writing Program Director
Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Executive Leadership Committee
PhD Candidate in English Literature and Creative Writing, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2008 / MA in Creative Writing, Boston University, 2000 / BA in English, Old Dominion University, 1999 /
BA Creative Writing & Literature, MFA Creative Writing (Low-Residency), MFA Creative Writing & Poetics
WRI715, Poetry Workshop: Experimental Poetry / WRI758, Poetry Workshop: Documentary Poetics / WRI748, Multigenre Workshop: Activist Writing / WRI770, Multigenre Workshop: Cross-Genre Forms / WRI775, Multigenre Workshop: Cross-Disciplinary Writing / WRI730, Multigenre Workshop: Performance Art and Writing / WRI671, Prose Workshop: Narrative Practices / WRI617, Poetics Seminar: Writers in Community / WRI740, Poetics Seminar: Film Poetics / WRI707, Poetics Seminar: Major Authors / WRI880, MFA Creative Thesis / WRI791W, Spring Writers Practicum / WRI312, Poetry and Poetics / WRI329, Writing Workshop: Contemplative Poetics / WRI380, Writing Workshop: Eco-Poetics / WRI349, Literature Seminar: Modernism & Postmodernism / WRI460, Writing Workshop: Ekphrastic Writing / WRI457, Literature Seminar: Major Authors / WRI417, Writing Workshop: Writers in Community / WRI451-3, Summer Writing Program

Jeffrey Pethybridge is the author of Striven, The Bright Treatise. His work appears widely in journals such as Chicago Review, Volt, Poor Claudia, Best American Experimental Writing, The Iowa Review, LIT, New American Writing and others. He teaches in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University where he is Director of the Summer Writing Program. He is also the North American Editor for Likestarlings, a web-archive of collaborative poetry and poetics.
He lives in Denver with the poet Carolina Ebeid and their son Patrick; together they curate and host the Lord Weary’s Reading Series, and edit Visible Binary. He’s currently at work on a documentary project centered on the recently released torture memos entitled “Force Drift, an Essay in the Epic.” He grew up in Virginia.

  • Striven, The Bright Treatise (Noemi Press 2013)
  • I teach and write out of the genealogies of experimental writing across the long twentieth century into contemporary practices. Documentary and investigative poetics, eco-poetics, visual poetry, and writing in the embodied wake of trauma have been special areas of my creative research and writing.

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