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Ailish Hopper

Assistant Professor, Peace Studies



BA (Religion; Certificate in African-American Studies), Princeton University, 1993.
MFA (Creative Writing and Literature), Bennington College, 2000.

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Poetry writing and poetics, new narrative practices. Critical race theory, cultural rewriting, critical pedagogy and nonviolence practices

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances


Dark~Sky Society. New Issues, 2014.
Selected by David St. John as runner up for the New Issues poetry prize.


Bird in the Head, Center for Book Arts, 2005.
Selected by Jean Valentine for the Center for Book Arts chapbook prize.

Recent journal publications (Poetry):

"The Good Caucasian," in Harvard Review Online, August 8 2014.

"Circle in the Grass" in Blackbird, Vol 12, No 2, Summer 2013.

“Song of Blackout and Whiteache,” in The Baffler, Fall 2012.

“Romanticism,” “Home of the Quiet Storm,” and “Cyano-,” in American Poetry Review.    March/April 2012.

 “15 ½” in Agni 74, Fall 2011. 

“Emancipation Test: On Being Crazy,” and “Silver Gelatin,” in American Letters & Commentary, Fall 2011

“Emancipation Test #54,” and “Plight of the Overseer,” in Tidal Basin Review: The Black Issue, Spring 2011 

Other poems have appeared in journals including Many Mountains Moving, Ploughshares, and Poetry.

Essays, Book chapters and invited blog posts:

"Can a Poem Listen? Variations on Being-White," in Boston Review Nov 2014

"Freedom Loop: Mixtape for Jake, Essay-style." Evening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics. Issue 26; Feb 2013---Special Tribute to Jake Adam York.

“The Gentle Art of Making Enemies: A Poet Rewriting Race” in The Task of Un/Masking: Essays on Poetry and Race. Edited by Laura McCullough.  University of Georgia, 2013.

“Something’s Missing: Poetry and the Unthinkable.” Best American Poetry blog, 7 August 2012

“Undiscovered Countries (Radical Poem-Cartography).” Best American Poetry blog, 8 August 2012

“Dichoto-Myelitis.” Best American Poetry blog, 9 August 2012

“I Talk White.” Best American Poetry blog, 10 August 2012

“myTOC: This Is (for the Lover in You).” Best American Poetry blog, 11 August 2012

“The Gentle Art of Making Enemies: On Gwendolyn Brooks.“ Memorious blog, Fall 2010

Funded Research

Goucher College Summer Research Grant, 2006, 2010, 2013
MacDowell Fellow, 2012
Yaddo artist's residency, 2007
Individual Artist Grant, Baltimore Commission for Arts and Humanities, 2006
Vermont Studio Center artist's residency fellowship, 2006

Awards/Significant Accomplishments

Maryland State Arts Grant, 2014
New Issues Poetry Prize, runner up, 2013.
Excellence in Teaching Award, Goucher College, 2013.
Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize, 2005.
Jane Kenyon Scholarship, Bennington College, 1999.

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