Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor of English
Much of my research takes place at the intersection of Israeli and American culture. I’ve lived in Israel for several extended stays since 1992, and for five years taught summer classes in Israeli and Palestinian Literature at Tel Aviv University. My newest book combines that background with my interest in comics. The Comics of Rutu Modan: War, Love and Secrets combines gender studies, trauma studies, and literary analysis to explore Modan’s oeuvre within the context of Israeli history. I have an ongoing project translating Iraqi-Israeli poet Eli Eliahu and contextualizing his work for English-speaking audiences.
On the creative writing side, I am a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and the author of four books: the novel The Discontinuity of Small Things; two essay collections; and a collection of essays about writing, Lit From Within: Contemporary Masters on the Art and Craft of Writing, co-edited with Dinty W. Moore. I have led study abroad programs in Israel and in Ireland and spent three years as director of Ohio University Press, which gave me a continuing interest in the evolution of contemporary publishing. My interests are hybrid and so is my writing—I tend to combine and interrogate traditional forms and try to help my students both understand traditional writing expectations and learn how to challenge them.