Director, Creative Writing Program
Julia Bloch received a BA in political philosophy at Carleton College, an MFA in creative writing/poetry at Mills College, and an MA and PhD in English literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests in twentieth-century poetry and poetics include the modern and contemporary long poem; formal hybridity; subjectivity; race, gender, and sexuality; and genre theory, with a particular interest in lyric theory. Her current critical monograph, forthcoming from University of Iowa Press, is a study of lyric and the long poem. Julia’s poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared in Journal of Modern Literature, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, Women’s Studies Quarterly, How2, Mirage/Period(ical), Aufgabe, Five Fingers Review, New Review of Literature, and elsewhere. She is the author of three books of poetry: Letters to Kelly Clarkson, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award; Valley Fever; and The Sacramento of Desire. Chapbooks include Hollywood Forever (Little Red Leaves Textile Series) and Like Fur (Essay Press). She is coeditor of the international poetics journal Jacket2 and an associate at the Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking. She previously served as assistant professor of literature at the Bard College MAT Program in Delano, California and as associate director of the Kelly Writers House. She now directs the Creative Writing Program at Penn. She has received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Affiliated Faculty and has also been awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.