Cathy Wagner

Catherine Wagner

Professor of Creative Writing

314 Bachelor Hall 
Oxford Campus


  • PhD, University of Utah, 2000
  • MFA, University of Iowa, 1994
  • BA, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 1991

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Creative writing
  • Poetry writing
  • Contemporary and modern American poetry and poetics
  • Contemporary and modern British poetry and poetics
  • Poetry and politics

Selected Publications



  • Bornt. Miniature handmade chapbook. Schaffhausen, Switzerland: Dusie Press, 2009.
  • Articulate How. Washington, DC: Big Game Books, 2008.
  • Hole in the Ground. Oxford, OH: Slack Buddha Press, 2008.
  • Everyone in the Room is a Representive of the World at Large. Letterpress. Fort Collins, CO: Bonfire Press, 2007.
  • Imitating. London: Leafe Press, 2004.
  • Exercises. New York: 811 Books, 2004.
  • Hotel Faust. Sheffield/Cheltenham, England: West House Books/Gratton Street Irregulars, 2001.
  • Boxes. Los Angeles: Seeing Eye Books (now Mindmade Books, 2001.
  • Fraction Anthems. New York: 811 Books, 1999.

Edited Book

Selected anthology publications:

  • “Chicken,” Penguin Anthology of the Prose Poem, ed. Jeremy Noel-Tod, London: Penguin, 2018.
  • Best American Experimental Writing (BAX), ed. Douglas Kearney, Wesleyan University Press, 2017.
  • The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, ed. Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar, and Patricia Smith, Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2017.
  • Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America and the UK, Emily Critchley, ed., Hastings, UK: Reality Street Editions, 2015.
  • The Volta Book of Poets, ed. Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Sidebrow Books, 2015.
  • Devouring the Green: Fear of a Human Planet, ed. Sam Witt, Jaded Ibis Press, 2015.
  • Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, second edition, ed. Paul Hoover (Norton, 2013)
  • Out of Everywhere: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America and the UK, second edition, ed. Emily Critchley (Reality Street Editions, UK, 2013),
  • The Arcadia Project, ed. Joshua Corey and G. C. Waldrep (Ahsahta Press, 2012)
  • The Sonnets: Rewriting Shakespeare, ed. Sharmila Cohen and Paul Legault (Nightboat Books, 2012)
  • Poets on Teaching (Iowa University Press, 2010)
  • Starting Today: Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days (Iowa University Press, 2009)
  • Gurlesque (Saturnalia 2009)
  • State of the Union: 50 Political Poems (Wave 2008)
  • A Best of Fence: The First Nine Years (Fence 2008)
  • Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets (Verse 2004)
  • The Best American Erotic Poems, 1800 to the Present (Scribner 2008).

Selected Poems Online



  • “The Exploit: Affective Labor and Poetry at the University,” Work in Modern and Contemporary Poetry, ed. Jo Lindsay Walton and Ed Luker, Palgrave 2019
  • “Naming Names in the Fabulous Real: A Letter to the New Narrator," From Our Hearts to Yours: New Narrative as Contemporary Practice, ed. Rob Halpern and Robin Tremblay-McGaw, Oakland CA: ON: Contemporary Practice,2017
  • “Imperial Partitioning in the Neoliberal University,” with T. Kulbaga and J. Cohen, World Social and Economic Review of Contemporary Policy Issues, Issue 8: "The Political Economy of the University INC,” 60–77, April 2017
  • “Messing with the Beholder: Claudia Rankine’s Citizen and Embedded Conceptualism,” part of feature, “Conceptual Writing (Plural and Global) and Other Cultural Productions,” ed. Divya Victor, Jacket 2, 2016
  • “I Am a Poet and I Have,” Poetic Labor Project (July 2012)

Archived Performances

Grants and Awards

  • "Writing Lab" Residency, Mount Tremper Arts Foundation, Woodstock, MA, October 2019
  • Residency, Eliot House, Gloucester, MA, June 2018
  • Research Collaborative Grant for Environmental Humanities Working Group, Humanities Center, Miami University, 2018
  • Altman Fellowship, Humanities Center, Miami University, 2017

Work in Progress

Wagner is writing essays on academic labor and poems toward a new manuscript and is co-editing a collection of environmental humanities essays, "Contesting Extinctions: Critical Relationality, Regenerative Futures."