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Knar Gavin


Fisher-Bennett Hall 220

Office Hours

spring 2022




Knar (they) is a  graduate student researching ecopoetics and the shifting role of literary and media forms amidst environmental crisis. Knar's research is particularly attuned to the many vectors through which U.S. empire and policing perpetuate and accelerate global environmental change. They are currently an adjunct professor at Temple University in the film department. They hold graduate degrees from Syracuse University (MA 2016) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop (MFA, 2013), where they received a John C. Schupes fellowship for their manuscript Cotor: Excerpts from Variable Road. Knar is the author of the chapbook Vela. (the Operating System, 2019) and recent poems can be found in Foundry, Storm Cellar, AGNI, West Branch, and Denver Quartlery. You can find their recent essay on climate grief at Annulet.

A past graduate fellow at both the Penn Program for Environmental Humanities and the Penn Office of Sustainability, Knar has served as co-coordinator of two working groups: Anthropocene & Animal Studies (Fall 2019 and Spring 2020) and Poetry & Poetics (Fall 2018 - Spring 2020). Knar co-created the covidXclimate project and currently serves as a reader for Birdfeast.

Courses Taught

spring 2024

ENGL 1950.401 Television and New Media  

fall 2023

ENGL 2801.301 The Person in the Poem  

spring 2022

fall 2019

ENGL 200.304 Poetry and the Environment  

spring 2018

ENGL 101.003 Shakespeare