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Knar Gavin

Fisher-Bennett Hall 318

Knar (she/they) is a third-year 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 perpetuates and accelerates global environmental change. She holds graduate degrees from Syracuse University (MA 2016) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop (MFA, 2013), where she received a John C. Schupes fellowship for her 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, and Pouch.

A past graduate fellow at the Penn Program for Environmental Humanities, 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). At present, Knar helps to helm the covidXclimate project and serves as a reader for Birdfeast.

Courses Taught

fall 2019

ENGL 200.304 Poetry and the Environment  

spring 2018

ENGL 101.003 Shakespeare