College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Linda Russo
Clinical Associate Professor

Linda Russo


Linda Russo teaches courses in creative writing and literature. She received her Ph.D. in English from the Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and her M.F.A. from Emerson College, and is the recipient of fellowships from Centrum, the Ragdale Foundation and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Before coming to WSU, Russo directed Sounds Out, a reading series at the University of Oklahoma, and she currently co-directs the English Department's Visiting Writers Series. She has given poetry readings in the U.S., Canada, Portugal, Cuba, Iceland, and Japan. Her creative and critical writing centers around place, which takes the shape of geopoetics and site-based creative works (see and critical writing about transpacific connections, ecology, and geography in post-WWII American poetry.

Meaning to Go to the Origin in Some Way. Shearsman Books, forthcoming 2015

The Enhanced Immediacy of the Everyday. Chax Press (Tucson, AZ), forthcoming 2015

picturing everything closer visible. Projective Industries, 2013 (chapbook)

American Heritage Syntax. Publisher Unknown, 2012 (chapbook)

MIRTH . Chax Press (Tucson, AZ), 2007

Secret Silent Plan (chapbook). Curricle Patterns (Buffalo, NY), 2000 (chapbook)

o going out. Potes & Poets Press ( Elmwood, CT), 1999 (chapbook)

Poems have recently appeared in Interim, New American Writing, Shearsman and Tinfish, and on-line at summer stock. Spiral Orb and Horse Less Review. Her contribution to "Poetry in Performance" is archived at PennSound.

Literary Essays:
To Think of her Writing Awash in Light (Winner of the Subito Press inaugural lyric essay/creative nonfiction award, selected by John D'Agata). Subito Press, forthcoming 2015.

The Light of This: An Itinerant Essay Around a Reading of The Gorgeous Nothings, Jacket2 (2014).

“Iovis in Bolinas.” (a review-essay of Anne Waldman’s The Iovis Trilogy).

Jacket2 (2013)

The poem that marks things.” (Stephen Ratcliffe interviewed). Jacket2 (2011)

“Notes in and around Yard Works.” Interim vol. 29 (Summer 2011)

“Homage to O, a Book by Leslie Scalapino.” Leslie Scalapino Tribute, Delerious Hem (September 2010)

“Urban Wilderness Soundwalk.” ecopoetics vol. 6/7 (2009)

"Aural Spaces: Teaching Writing Listening." p-queue vol. 5 (Fall 2008)

"Writing Within: Notes on Ecopoetics as Spatial Practice."  How2 vol. 3, no. 2 (2008)

" ‘Precious, Rare and Mundane': On the Work of Joanne Kyger." Introduction to About Now: Collected Poems by Joanne Kyger ( Orono, ME: National Poetry Foundation, 2007)

Published Articles:
“How You Want to be Styled: Philip Whalen in Correspondence with Joanne Kyger, 1959-1964.” Among Friends: Gender and the Social Site of Poetry, ed. Libbie Rifkin and Anne Dewey (University of Iowa Press, forthcoming 2013)

"Poetics of Adjacency: 0-9 and the Conceptual Writing of Bernadette Mayer & Hannah Weiner." Don't Ever Get Famous: Essays on New York Writing Beyond the ‘ New York School ', ed. Daniel Kane. ( Normal, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 2006)

"Dealing in Parts and Particulars: Joanne Kyger's Early Epic Poetics." Girls Who Wore Black: Women Writing the Beat Generation , ed. Nancy Grace and Rhonna Johnson (NJ: Rutgers, 2002)[Reprinted in The Beat Generation: A Gale Critical Companion , ed. Lynn M. Zott (MI: Gale, 2003)]

"The ‘F' Word in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: An Account of Women-Edited Small Presses and Journals." The World in Time and Space: Towards a History of Innovative American Poetry In Our Time, ed. Edward Foster. Talisman, A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics #23-26 (2002)

“The Limited Scope of the Recuperative Model: a context for reading Joanne Kyger.” Introduction to a guest-edited Feature on Joanne Kyger. Jacket 11(April 2000)  

Teaching Interests

writing and place, post-WWII/New American poetries (Beat, Black Mountain, etc.), masculinist & feminist poetics, women's writing, and creative, investigative & experimental writing.











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