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Eben Wood


Eben Wood studied creative writing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he received his MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry). After teaching for several years at the Athenian School, in Danville, CA, he returned to Michigan for his PhD. in English Languages and Literatures. His doctoral dissertation, “Black Abstraction: The Umbra Workshop and an African-American Avantgarde,” was completed under the supervision of Dr. Alan Wald and Dr. Marjorie Levinson. Dr. Wood attended the 2001 School in Criticism and Theory at Cornell University, where he studied globalization with Perry Anderson, and was a 2001-2002 Fellow at the Institute for the Humanities, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Since 2004 he has been a member of the English Department faculty and of the Program in Women’s Studies at Kingsborough Community College, The City University of New York.


English 93: Developmental English
English 12: Freshman English I (Honors Program)
English 24: Freshman English II (Honors Program)
English 30: Introduction to Literature
English 40: Short Fiction
English 42: Poetry
English 56: Creative Writing (Fiction)
English 57: Creative Writing (Poetry)
English 77: The Roots of African-American Literature

In addition, Prof. Wood has taught a number of one-semester seminars in cross-genre creative writing and the literatures of New York City.


PhD., English Language and Literatures, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

MFA, Creative Writing (Poetry), The University of  Michigan, Ann Arbor.

B.A., English, Colgate University

College Teaching

Selected Publications and/or Other Resources

“Grimonprez’s Remix.”  In Terrorism, Media, and the Ethics of Fiction: Transatlantic Perspectives on Don DeLillo (Continuum, 2010).  Reprinted in It’s a Poor Sort of Memory That Only Works Backward: A Johan Grimonprez Reader (Hatje-Cantz, forthcoming 2011).

“’I Have No Idea What You Do Out Here’: Community Colleges, Academic Freedom, and the University as Global Marketplace” (scholarly article).  JAF: The Journal of Academic Freedom. Vol. 1 (2010).  Co-authored with Dr. Libby Garland, Department of History, Kingsborough Community College. 

“The Private Lives of Systems: Rukeyser, Hayden, Middle Passage” (scholarly article).  Modernism/Modernity 17.1 (January 2010).

“They Don’t Sleep Anymore on the Beach” (non-fiction).  Variations #16 (Fall 2008).

“The Falcon of Buenos Aires” (fiction).  Variations #15 (Fall 2007).

“The Masturah Well” (fiction).  Black Warrior Review 33 #2 (Spring-Summer 2007).

“The River Come Down” (fiction).  Boston Review (Summer 2003).

"Ruskin Variation" and "Proper Meaning Superstition" (poems).  FENCE Vol. 3 #2 (Fall/Winter 2000-2001).

Events and/or Key Dates

“Korea, Korai: Chris Marker’s Coréenes
Photography and Cinema: 50 Years of Chris Marker’s La Jetée
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences
November 27-28, 2012

Borough/Burrow: 4 Brooklyn Artists
The Art Gallery
Kingsborough Community College, The City University of New York
March 1-29, 2011

Conference Keynote Introduction/Moderator/Co-Organizer
A Roundtable on Brooklyn and Development
Kingsborough Community College, The City University of New York
October 13, 2011

Keynote Panelist
Changing Your Community: An Event on Brooklyn and Development
BK Nation/5 Spot
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
June 11, 2011

Author Talk: Remembering the Forgotten War
Artists and Audience Exchange, The New York Foundation for the Arts
New York Public Library, DeKalb Branch
Brooklyn, NY
May 14, 2010

Conference Keynote Introduction/Moderator/Co-Organizer
Dreamland Pavilion: Brooklyn and Development
Kingsborough Community College, The City University of New York
October 2-3, 2009

“The Soul is the Size of Elsewhere”: Brooklyn and Development, An Exhibition
The Art Gallery
Kingsborough Community College, The City University of New York
September-October, 2009

Research Interests

American and African-American literatures; history of the avantgarde; modernism and postmodernism; cross-genre writing, film, and photography; contemporary American art; urbanism and urbanization; globalization and cultural diasporas; history and culture of the Korean War.

Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants
2010 Invited Faculty, Summer Academy, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. Görlitz, Germany.
2009-2010 Fellow in Creative Non-fiction, New York Foundation for the Arts.
2005-2010 CUNY Professional Staff Congress Grant (four research awards).
2001-2002 Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
2000-2001 Mellon Foundation Dissertation Candidacy Fellowship.

Institutional Affiliations / Professional Societies

Modern Languages Association; Northeast MLA; Modernist Studies Association

Personal Interests

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