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Amy Paeth

2015 Ph.D. Graduate
Dissertation Advisor(s): Bob Perelman
"State Verse Culture: American Poets Laureate, 1945-2015"

Fellow, Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing
Fisher-Bennett Hall 321.3

Office Hours

spring 2017

Mondays 2-4pm & by appointment

A.B., English and Creative Writing, Princeton University (2008). M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania (2010).

20th- and 21st-century American literature; poetry and poetics; literary nationalisms; film and popular culture.

My dissertation, "State Verse Culture: American Poets Laureate, 1945-2015," is the first history of the U.S. national poetry office after World War II. Drawing from archival research at the Library of Congress and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the dissertation traces the collaboration of federal bodies (The Library of Congress, The State Department, The National Endowment of the Arts) and private literary organizations (The Poetry Society of America, The Poetry Foundation/Poetry Magazine) with mutual patrons (Paul Mellon, Ruth Lilly) as the development of a post-1945 national poetry project—an institutional legacy that links State Department missions during the Cold War to Poets Laureate projects today.