Aidan Thompson

Aidan Patricia Thompson

M.F.A. Creative Writing, Mills College
B.F.A. Cornish College of the Arts

Dissertation Title:

“Pragmatism and Democratic Embodiment: The Poetics of Constructive Conflict in Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, Mina Loy, and Laura (Riding) Jackson”


Research Interests:

American Modernism/ Poetics/ Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Literature/ Gender Studies/ Creative Writing (poetry)

Selected Publications:

Books (poetry):

So Earnest to Have a Green Point (chapbook) Palimpsest Press, 2006 
Particle and Probability. Bedford, MA: Potes & Poets Press, May 2002

Academic Articles:

“Language and Democracy: Meaning Making as Existing in the Work of Gertrude Stein.”  Forthcoming,
Arizona Quarterly  (2013)
"The Meaning of 'Meaning' in the 'Experimental' Poetry of Gertrude Stein, Lyn Hejinian, Rosmarie Waldrop, and Cole Swensen" In Moria Poetry Journal (2001)

Select Conference Presentations:

“Gertrude Stein: The Poetics of Linguistic Drag and the Exaggerated Chiasmic Swing.”

Manifest Identity. Sponsored by NC State Association of English Graduate Students. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, (2011).

“The Poetics of Collision and ‘Evolutional Transformation’ in Mina Loy’s ‘Anglo Mongrel and

the Rose.’” The Outlaw: Trespass, Disfigurement, Domestication. Sponsored by University at Albany Annual English Graduate Conference (2011).

“Why Not Mama, Dada?: Mina Loy’s Embodied Female Poetics.” Forces at Play: Bodies, Power,

and Spaces. Sponsored by University of Massachusetts, Amherst English Graduate Organization (2012).

“Emily Dickinson’s Poetics of Discord.” Rethinking Dickinson’s Lyrics. Sponsored by Emily

            Dickinson International Society. Forthcoming MLA Conference 2013, Boston

Select Fellowships and Awards:

English Department Outstanding Dissertation Fellowship, 2009-2010

Phyllis Hurd Liston Poetry Prize, 2010.
Finalist, Colorado Review’s Colorado Prize for Poetry Contest, 2003
Finalist, Robert H. Winner Award, 2003, a Poetry Society of America award (Judged by Ron Padgett)

Select Teaching Experience:

ENG 226: Focus Lit Theme, Form, Mode: American Women Modernist Poets
ENG 261: American Literary Traditions
ENG 220: The Development of the Short Story