William Kupinse, a practicing poet, teaches British literature, ecocriticism, and creative writing. His research focuses on early 20th-century British, Irish, and Indian literature in English and explores the intersection of modernism and environmental thought. Kupinse has written essays on waste and consumerism in the work of H.G Wells, James Joyce, and G.V. Desani. His current book project, titled Organic Modernism, is a study of how four early 20th-century writers—Katherine Mansfield, James Joyce, John Hargrave, and Mulk Raj Anand—radically transformed inherited Romantic-era ideas about the relationship between the natural world and the literary imagination. Drawing on fields as diverse as Alfred North Whitehead’s process philosophy, urban planning, British youth movements, and soil science, Organic Modernism uncovers neglected ground in the history of modernist literature’s environmental and social commitments. A related article on sustainable urban planning on Ulysses is forthcoming in the James Joyce Quarterly. The first Poet Laureate of Tacoma (2008-09), Kupinse co-edited In Tahoma’s Shadow, an anthology of Tacoma-area poetry (Exquisite Disarray, 2008). His poems have appeared in numerous 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 Poets. Kupinse is working on a book-length poetry project, Lookalike, a verse reimagining of the first Hardy Boys adventure novel.
B.A., Colby College, 1989; M.A., Bucknell University, 1995; M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1996, 1999