Ed Pavlić (Ph.D. Indiana University) is Distinguished Research Professor of English and African American Studies. Affiliated faculty in Creative Writing, author of eight collections of poetry, two critical studies, and a recently completed novel, he twice served as Director of the Creative Writing PhD Program in English (2006-2011, 2015-2017). His most recent books are Let's Let That Are Not Yet : Inferno (National Poetry Series, Fence Books, 2015) and 'Who Can Afford to Improvise?': James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listeners (Fordham University Press, 2015). Other recent works are Visiting Hours at the Color Line (National Poetry Series, Milkweed Editions, 2013), But Here Are Small Clear Refractions (Achebe Center, 2009, Kwani? Trust, 2013) and Winners Have Yet to be Announced: A Song for Donny Hathaway (U Georgia P, 2008). His other books are Paraph of Bone & Other Kinds of Blue (APR-Honickman/Copper Canyon, 2001), Crossroads Modernism: Descent and Emergence in African American Literary Culture (U Minnesota Press, 2002), and Labors Lost Left Unfinished (UPNE/Sheep Meadow Press, 2006).
Forthcoming books include: Another Kind of Madness (Milkweed Editions, 2018), a novel set mostly in Chicago and coastal Kenya and tuned to the sound of soul in music, especially in the songs of Chaka Khan; Live at the Bitter End: A Trial by Opera (Saturnalia Books, 2018), a collection of poems in the structure of a murder trial; and Let It Be Broke (Four Way Books, 2020), a collection of poems focused upon cross-racial dynamics in American life. Among his current projects are: a non-fiction work, “No Time to Rest: James Baldwin’s Life in Letters to His Brother David"; "'Outward in Larger Terms': The Radical Geography of Adrienne Rich's Expanding Solitudes," a study of the poet's career; and "Like I Was Ink," a memoir exploring the intimate tangle of race and identity in American experience.
He has published essays, poems, fiction and dramatic pieces in publications and with organizations including: The Academy of American Poets (poets.org), The American Poetry Review, A Gathering of the Tribes, Africa Is a Country, African American Review, AGNI, The American Book Review, The Artful Dodge, The New Black Magazine, Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters, DoubleTake, The Black Scholar, Black Renaissance Noire, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz and Literature, The Chimurenga Chronic, Colorado Review, Contemporary Literature, The Cortland Review, Indiana Review, The Quarterly Conversation, Cross-Connect, Xcp: Cross Cultural Poetics, The Chicago Quarterly Review, 5 Trope, F(r)iction, Harvard Review, James Baldwin Review, Jubilat, Kwani?, Kweli Journal, Lana Turner, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Memorious: a forum for new verse and poetics, MiPoesias, Mississippi Quarterly, Modernism/Modernity, Narrative Magazine, New Orleans Review, Ninth Letter, Nimrod, Open City, PBS Newshour, PEN Poetry Series, PEN World Voices Anthology, Ploughshares, Red Wheelbarrow, Smartish Pace, Terminus, Transition, Triggerfish Critical Review, Wasafiri, Washington Square, The Wallace Stevens Review, and The Worcester Review.
His awards include the Albert Christ-Janer Creative Research Award (2015), the National Poetry Series Open Competition (2012, 2014), the The American Poetry Review / Honickman First Book Prize (2001), the Writer of the Year Award from the Georgia Writer’s Association (2009), and the Darwin Turner Memorial Award from African American Review (1997). He has had fellowships from The Lannan Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, The Vermont Studio Center, The Willson Center for the Humanities, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.
Pavlić teaches classes mainly in modern and contemporary African American and American poetry, fiction, film and music as well as courses in creative writing. He’s particularly interested in courses that explore the literary imagination, as well as its cultural and political implications, in relation to other media such as music, film, and photography. Recent courses include:
ENGL 2390 Honors : ‘Mongrel Ink’ and the Modal I/eye: Multinational and Multicultural Visions in Michael Ondaatje’s Prose, Poetics and Films
English 3800 : Creative Writing : “First Course in Turbulence” : The Workshop
English 4860 : Topics in Multicultural Literature : “as a Dance / it is obscure” : Black Music in American and International Writing
English 4860 : ‘WHO CAN AFFORD TO IMPROVISE?’ : Emergent, Human Geographies in the Transnational Literary Imagination
English 4880 : Topics in African American Literature : “alter / become a something more” : Contemporary African American Poetry
English 4800 : Advanced Creative Writing : Adapting the Visual : Film as Figure and Fictive Art
English 4884 : "Love will stunt your growth / Hate'll make you old": 21st Century Black Writing
English 4690 : “Question of Degree” : Perfecting the Fallible in Samuel Beckett’s Major Works
English 4640 : Film as Literature : “BLACK SOUNDS MATTER” : Black Music in Modern and Contemporary Cinema
English 8800 : Graduate Poetry Workshop : “Instructions for Building Straw Huts” : The Poetry Workshop
English 6800 : Graduate Form and Craft in Creative Writing : “pictures fly without target” : the Photo-Poetic and Fictive-Filmic in Michael Ondaatje’s Writing”
English 6800 : Graduate Form : Writing Behind the Writing : Letters, Journals in/as Literary Art
English 8730 : Graduate Seminar : “Making Words Do Something” : James Baldwin’s Political Aesthetic
English 8800 : Graduate Seminar : ‘this touch is political’ : Adrienne Rich and the Poetics of Relational Politics
Links to Recent Work