Curriculum Vitae

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Michael J New

English & American Studies
Parker Hall, M-1402
Keene State College
Keene, NH  03435



Lecturer, Keene State College, 2013-Present

Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Penn State University, 2012-2013

Graduate Teaching Fellow, Penn State University, 2006-2012



PhD, English Penn State University, 2012

MA, English Penn State University, 2008

BA, University of Rochester, 2005


Book Project

Instrumental Voices: Poetic Experiments in Jazz

My book focuses on poets who recorded with jazz musicians, especially during the Black Arts Movement. I argue that emergent multimedia forms synthesized folk traditions and vanguard experimentalism. Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Sarah Webster Fabio, Jayne Cortez, and Gil Scott-Heron drew on experimental jazz and the everyday rituals of black speech as models for a politicized vernacular poetics. By emphasizing literary recordings, my project contributes an alternative narrative that places women at the center of the movement and demonstrates the vitality of Black Arts innovation after the decline of Nationalist politics in the mid-1970s.



“I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say: Recording the Prehistory of Jazz.” Journal of Ethnic American Literature 4.1 (2014): 99-123. Print.

“Black Metaphysical Grace”: Theorizing the Movement of Music in the Black Diaspora, the Case of Cymande.” Expanding What We Know Through Research Across The African Diaspora. Ed. Keith B. Wilson and Kevin Thomas. Minneapolis, MN: Tasora Books, 2009. 103-120. Print.

“Nothing But a Man”: Racial Identity and Musical Production in John Henry Days.” New Essays on the African American Novel: From Hurston and Ellison to Morrison and Whitehead. Ed. Lovalerie King and Linda F. Selzer. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. 241-258. Print.



“Black Poetry on Folkways Records: Hughes, Brown, Walker, and Brooks”
Modernist Studies Association Conference. Boston. 2015.

“Panther Teacher: Sarah Webster Fabio and the Black Arts Movement”
Furious Flower Conference. Harrisonburg. 2014.

“blue/black/magical/woman: Sonia Sanchez’s Poetics of Improvisation”
Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture. Louisville. 2014.

“Sarah Webster Fabio: Black Students, Black Power, Black Arts”
Celebrating African-American Literature Conference. State College. 2013.

“The First Minute of a New Day: Gil Scott-Heron and the Black Aesthetic”
The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present. Detroit. 2013.

“Bluesology: Gil Scott-Heron’s Black History”
Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium. Guleph. 2012.

“A New Black Poet: Gil Scott-Heron’s Small Talk
College Language Association Convention. Atlanta. 2012.

“Jayne Cortez and the Diasporic Subjunctive”
Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture. Louisville. 2012.

“Voodoo Child: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Avant-Garde”
MLA Convention. Seattle. 2012.

“Nathaniel Mackey’s Ythmic Ship: Seriality and Generic Deconstruction”
College Language Association Convention. Spartanburg. 2011.

“All Blues: Genre and the Poetics of Black Music”
MLA Convention. Los Angeles. 2011.

“Delegitimizing Uplift in Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist”
Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US Conference. Scranton. 2010.

“The Mothership Connection: Diasporic Funk and Electribe Formation”
American Comparative Literature Association Conference. Cambridge. 2009.

“William Wells Brown on the Wheels of Steel: Sampling and Signifying in Coltel
Mid-West MLA Annual Convention. Minneapolis. 2008.



I have taught fifteen different courses over the past ten years, including upper- and lower-division literature and rhetoric classes. Offered through American Studies, Comparative Literature, Latina/o Studies, and English, my interdisciplinary courses situate multi-ethnic American literature and culture in hemispheric and diasporic contexts.

Hip Hop Literature, ENG 399

Caribbean Literature and Music, ENG 399

Introduction to American Studies, AMST 210

Jazz Literature, ENG 399

American Biography, AMST 370

What is American Studies? AMST 140

Thinking and Writing, ITW 101

New Media and Literature, CMLIT/ENGL 429

Latina/o Border Theories, LTNST/ENGL 226

Contemporary Literature, ENGL 140

Alternative Voices in American Literature, ENGL 135

Literature of the Western Hemisphere, CMLIT 005

Writing in the Humanities, ENGL 202B

Business Writing, ENGL 202D

Rhetoric and Composition, ENGL 015


Research Experience and Pedagogical Development

NEH Summer Institute: Black Poetry after the Black Arts Movement at the University of Kansas. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. 2015.

Assisted Dr. Bernard W. Bell in revising, editing, and securing permissions for Bearing Witness to African American Literature, Wayne State UP, 2012.

Institute for the Arts and Humanities Fellowship. Penn State. Fall, 2011.

Africana Research Center Grant. Penn State. Funded archival research to the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Spring 2011.

Coordinator of the African American Literature and Language Reading Group at Penn State. 2009-2011.

Key Learning Solutions training seminars on composition pedagogy and writing across the disciplines. Lagos, Nigeria. August, 2009.

Wilma Ebbitt Graduate Award for outstanding work in Rhetorical Studies. Spring, 2009.

Assistant Coordinator, Graduate Writing Center. Penn State. 2008-2009.

Black Europe: Exploring Dimensions of Citizenship, Race and Ethnic Relations. Month-long seminar held at the Free University of Amsterdam and the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences. Amsterdam, Netherlands. June, 2008.

Center for American Literary Studies Award funding research and seminars. Spring 2008.

Undergraduate Writing Center Tutor at Penn State University. 2007-2008.