Michael Snediker

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Michael D Snediker is a well-known poet and a scholar of American literature and disability theory. He was a Queens National Scholar and Associate Professor of American Literature at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario. His poetry has appeared in The Cortland Review,1 The Paris Review,2 Blip Magazine, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Blackwarrior Review, Court Green, Crazyhorse, Jubilat, Margie, Pleiades. He has been nominated twice for the prestigious Pushcart Prize. His widely reviewed book Queer Optimism: Lyric Personhood and Other Felicitous Persuasions (University of Minnesota Press, 2008).[1][2][3] offers new readings of the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Hart Crane, Elizabeth Bishop, and Jack Spicer. He is currently at work on a new book, on “The Aesthetics of Disability: American Literature and Figurative Contingency.” He received his Ph.D in English from The Johns Hopkins University. He currently teaches at the University of Houston.


"The Apartment of Tragic Appliances" (Punctum, 2013)

Bourdon (White Rabbit Press, 2010).

Nervous Pastoral (Dove/tail Press, 2008).

Selected Chapters and Articles[edit]

  • “Is the Rectangle a Grave? Bersani, Rothko, and the Dream of Disability,” Collected Essays on Leo Bersani, ed. Mikko Tukkanen (SUNY Press, forthcoming).
  • “Pierre and the Non-Transparencies of Figuration,” ELH (2010).
  • “Subjunctivity,” Postmodern Culture 18.3 (2008).
  • “Queer Optimism,” Postmodern Culture 16.3 (2006).
  • “Stasis & Verve: Henry James and the Fictions of Patience,” The Henry James Review 27.1 (2006).