Ed Pavli?

Professor of English

pavlic@uga.edu Phone: 706-254-5422 Office: 321 Park Hall

ED PAVLI? is Professor of English and Creative Writing. His new 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). 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 (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).

His next book, Live at the Bitter End: A Trial by Opera (Sheep Meadow Press/UPNE), will be released in fall, 2016. Among his current projects are a non-fiction work, “No Time to Rest: James Baldwin’s Life in Letters to His Brother David,” and a novel, titled "Another Kind of Madness," set in Chicago and tuned to the sound of Chaka Khan. 

He has published essays, poems, fiction and dramatic pieces in publications including: 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, The 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, PEN World Voices Anthology, Ploughshares, Red Wheelbarrow, Smartish Pace, Transition, Triggerfish Critical Review, Wasafiri, Washington Square, The Wallace Stevens Review, and The Worcester Review.

His prizes 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 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.

PAVLI? 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 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

Boston Review:  "We Called That Touch"

from All Along It Was a Fever—a what poem

LARB:  Ed Pavli? on Turning into Dwelling


Amen is the Price: James Baldwin and Ray Charles at Carnegie Hall

Boston Review:  Come On Up, Sweetheart:  James Baldwin's Letters to his Brother

Oh Don't Try Me": On Style, Salt, and Serena Williams's Utterly Astonishing Breadth of Utterance

In at the Door: Book Three: Inflation

". . .where only the truth can live": James Baldwin's Poetics of the Heart (1951-1955)

The Goal is Clarity: War, Sports, and the Dangerous, Delightful, and Disgusting Elasticity of Experience

Welcome to the Errordome: Are Editors Still Afraid of James Baldwin?

“As long as you think you’re white, you’re irrelevant”: James Baldwin’s White History Week

(Part 1) James Baldwin at 90: Not the Country We’re Sitting In Now

(Part 2) James Baldwin at 90: Toward a Writing Immune to Bullshit

(Part 3) James Baldwin at 90: Black Style in an Age of Sights for the Speechless

(Part 4) James Baldwin at 90: The Brilliance of Children, the Duty of Citizens


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