William Kupinse

William KupinseAssociate Professor and Chair, English

BA, Colby College, 1989
MA, Bucknell University, 1995
MA, PhD, Vanderbilt University, 1996, 1999

Bill Kupinse teaches courses in British and Irish modernism, ecocriticism, and creative writing.  He has published essays on waste and consumerism in the work of H. G. Wells, James Joyce, and G. V. Desani.  His current research is on the intersection of modernist literature and early twentieth-century environmental thought.  This past summer, he visited the London School of Economics special collections to conduct archival research and then travelled to Cork, Ireland to present a paper on soil science in James Joyce’s Ulysses at the second Ireland and Ecocriticism conference.  Here in Tacoma, Bill facilitates a Finnegans Wake reading group that is open to members of the UPS and local communities.

Bill’s poems have appeared in The Fourth River, Cascade, Cimarron Review, and other journals, as well as in Collecting Life: Poets on Objects Known and Imagined and Many Trails to the Summit: Poems by Forty-two Pacific Northwest PoetsFallow, a collection of his poems, was published with the support of the Tacoma Arts Commission in 2009.  Most recently, he has collaborated with composer and Pacific Lutheran University Professor Greg Youtz, who has set a selection of Bill’s poems to music.  Titled Poetry Above the Roar, the ten poem-songs are performed by mezzo-soprano Erin Calata.