William Kupinse

William KupinseProfessor 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; an essay on Leopold Bloom’s ecological fantasies in Ulysses is forthcoming.  His current research is on the intersection of modernist literature and early twentieth-century environmental thought; he will present work from that project on a panel on “Organic Capital and Modernism’s Global Circuits” at the Modernist Studies Association conference in Pasadena this November.  Here in Tacoma, Bill facilitates a Finnegans Wake reading group that meets during the academic year and 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.  He has also 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.