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Lisa Hollenbach

Assistant Professor

Address: Morrill 311C
Phone: 405-744-6227


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Areas of Interest & Expertise
  • Post-1900 American Literature

  • Poetry and Poetics

  • Sound Studies

Recent Courses Taught
  • ENGL 5680: Documentary Poetics

  • ENGL 5480 Sounding American Poetry

  • ENGL 4320: Listening to Contemporary Poetry

  • ENGL 4310 The 1920s in American Literature

  • ENGL 4220: Modern American Poetry: The Long Poem

  • ENGL 3343: Reading Poetry

  • AMST 3743 / ENGL 3813: Harlem Renaissance

Selected Publications
  • “Jaime de Angulo’s Indian Tales and KPFA-FM.” Jaime de Angulo, Gui Mayo, and West Coast Modernism, edited by Edgar Garcia, special issue of Chicago Review, vol. 64, no. 1/2/3, Summer 2021, pp. 86–94.

  • “Broadcasting ‘Howl.’” Modernism/modernity Print Plus, July 12, 2018.

  • "Sono-Montage: Langston Hughes and Tony Schwartz Listen to Postwar New York." American Literature 87.2 (June 2015): 275-302.

  • "Phonography, Race Records, and the Blues Poetry of Langston Hughes." A Companion to the Harlem Renaissance, ed. Cherene Sherrard-Johnson (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015), 301-316.

Selected Conference Presentations
  • “Amiri Baraka on the Radio.” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. Louisville, KY, February 23-26, 2022.

  • “Broadcasting Multicultural Literature and ‘Third World’ Consciousness on KPFA-Berkeley.” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, California, March 29–April 1, 2018.

  • “Phonotext and/as Paratext.” Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention. New York, New York, January 4–7, 2018.

  • "Pacifica Radio and the Broadcasting of the San Francisco Renaissance." Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. Louisville, KY, February 2017.

  • "Langston Hughes, Folkways Records, and the Voice of Authentic Folk." MLA Annual Convention. Philadelphia, PA, January 2017.

  • "Susan Howe and the Poetics of Feminist Broadcasting on Pacifica Radio." American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, March 2016.

Current Research

Poetry FM: American Poetry and Radio Counterculture (under contract, University of Iowa Press, Contemporary North American Poetry Series). My current book project investigates the significance of radio as a medium for and dynamic figure in post-1945 U.S. poetry. Contrary to once-dominant narratives about the decline of radio in the television age, the post-WWII transformation of the U.S. broadcasting industry altered but did not end writers’ engagement with radio, who in turn played a role in the emergence of new experimental forms of underground and noncommercial FM radio. To investigate this phenomenon, Poetry FM focuses on poets’ involvement with the Pacifica Radio network—the nation’s first listener-supported public radio network—from the poets and pacifists who established Pacifica’s first station KPFA-FM in Berkeley in 1949; to the San Francisco Renaissance, Beat, and New York poets who both shaped and subverted the sounds of the counterculture on Pacifica’s Berkeley (KPFA) and New York (WBAI) stations; to the feminist poets and activists who seized Pacifica’s frequencies in the 1970s. But this is not simply the story of an oral poetry finding an aural medium. In the poetry and radio work of writers like Kenneth Rexroth, Jack Spicer, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, Paul Blackburn, Audre Lorde, Pat Parker, and Susan Howe, one finds a recurring ambivalence about the technics and poetics of reception. Through tropes of static, silence, and inaudibility as well as voice, sound, and signal, these poets’ radio texts and poems point toward new modes of aural engagement in the archive of post-1945 U.S. radio and literary cultures.


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