Alan Golding earned his BA from the University of Exeter and his MA and PhD from the University of Chicago. He teaches American literature and poetry and poetics of the long twentieth century. He is the author of From Outlaw to Classic: Canons in American Poetry (1995), and of numerous essays on modernist and contemporary poetry. Current projects include Writing the New Into History: New American Poetries from The Dial to the Digital and Isn’t the Avant-Garde Always Pedagogical, a book on experimental poetics and / as pedagogy.
He teaches courses on American poetry, modern and contemporary American literature, the history and theory of the avant-garde, and poetry and poetics. He co-edits the Iowa Series on Contemporary North American Poetry and Synapse, a series dedicated to experimental critical approaches to poetics. He is also a member of the editorial boards of Contemporary Literature and Twentieth-Century Literature, and of the advisory board of the University of Alabama Press series on Modern and Contemporary Poetics.