Grant Matthew Jenkins

Grant Jenkins

Associate Professor of English Director of the African American Studies ProgramZink Hall 360

Grant Matthew Jenkins teaches Twentieth- and Twenty-First century American literature, with specialties in modern and postmodern experimental poetry and poetics, African American and other ethnic literatures, creative writing, ethical and critical theory, and composition and rhetorical studies. He has written on Modernist poets like Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Louis Zukofsky, George Oppen, Lorine Niedecker, Melvin B. Tolson, and Charles Reznikoff, as well as post-war writers such as Ed Dorn, Robert Duncan, Charles Olson, Allen Ginsberg, Susan Howe, Lyn Hejinian, and Lorenzo Thomas. His current book project examines the ethics of experimental African American poetry after 1970, including the work of Nathaniel Mackey, Will Alexander, Erica Hunt, Harryette Mullen, and Mark Morris. As a poet, he has published two books of poetry and poems in several little magazines, including Birddog, Cannibal, Sugar Mule, Syntax, Action Yes, and Big Bridge. Other creative projects include work with digital flash poetry, image, and sound and can be found online at and YouTube

Education and Degrees Earned

  • PhD, Notre Dame, 1999
  • MA, Notre Dame, 1995
  • BA, The University of Texas at Austin, 1991

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Lecturer, Interim Director of Composition  Old Dominion University, 2000-2003
  • Lecturer  Hampden-Sydney College, 1999-2000
  • Adjunct Instructor  Davenport College, 1994-1999
  • Teaching Assistant  University of Notre Dame, 1993-1999

Professional Affiliations

  • Modern Language Association
  • American Literature Association
  • Modernist Studies Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • College Composition and Communication
  • Writing Program Administrators
  • International Association of Philosophy and Literature
  • Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
  • The George Moses Horton Society
  • American Comparative Literature Association

Courses Taught at TU

  • Studies In Genre: 20th Century Poetry (ENGL 8213)
  • Rhetoric and Composition (ENGL 7403)
  • African American Poetry (ENGL 7213)
  • Critical Theory II (ENGL 7063)
  • Modern Literary Theory (ENGL 4123 and 7063)
  • African American Literature (ENGL 3243 and ENGL 7213)
  • Writing in the Professions (ENGL 3003)
  • Poetry Writing (ENGL 3223)
  • African American Literature (ENGL 3243)
  • Major British Writers II: Time's Arrow (ENGL 2523)

Awards & Recognition

  • 2012-2003 Faculty Research Grants (10)
  • 2008, 2004 2 Oklahoma Humanities Council Research Grants.
  • 2008-2003 Faculty Development Summer Fellowships (5)
  • Oct 2007 Juried Exhibition (with the WaKOW! Collective), Living Arts Gallery, Tulsa Oklahoma.
  • 2004 Women’s Studies Research Grant, University of Tulsa.
  • 2004 Friends of the University of California, San Diego, Library Fellowship.
  • 2003 Finalist, Winnow Press First Book in Poetry Contest.
  • 2003 University NEH Summer Stipend Nomination, University of Tulsa.
  • 1999 Excellence In Teaching Award, University of Notre Dame.
  • 1997 Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Year Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.


  • Interview with Mark McMorris
    Rain Taxi Review of Books
  • "Three Misreadings"
    Sugar Mule (July 2010).
  • "Where Are You Walter Benjamin?"
    Cannibal 5 (2010).
  • "Praise Plus Poise Plus Prayer Equal Perfect Peace"
    Source Material 04 (April 2010) .
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    Used Cat. (2010).
  • "Ethical Teaching, or Beyond Pedagogy"
    Journal of Advanced Composition 29.1 (2009): 711-743.
  • Morphs
    Poems with Cheryl Pallant. Cracked Slab, 2009.
  • "Morphs"
    4 & 5, 14 & 15 with Cheryl Pallant. Birddog 10 (Jan 2009): 50-54.
  • Melvin B. Tolson
    Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture (forthcoming).
  • "Tulsita"
    (Flash, with the WaKOW! Collective). . Jan 2008.