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Michele Rozga

Dr. Michele E. Rozga 
Associate Professor
241 Madison Hall
(757) 823-2370

Recent Publications & Presentations:

“Making the Beams of Architectural Poetry out of the Rubble of Exile: Czeslaw Milosz, Taha Muhammad Ali, and the Lyric of Constructed World Citizenry,” chapter in: The Aliens Within: Danger, Disease, and Displacement in Representations of the Racialized Poor, de Laforcade, Modlin, Stein, and Waegner, eds. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, Aug 2022.

Poetry collection My adversary came onto the windowsill of another dream, as a bluebird, Finishing Line Press, July 2020.

Book chapter “Mother(less) Exiles: The New Woman’s Absence from the Migration of the Expressionists to Hollywood,” in: Migration, Diaspora, Exile: Narratives of Affiliation and Escape, de Laforcade, Laws, Stein, and Waegner, eds. Lexington Press, May 2020.

Book review “The Mind as a Primer of Spirit- Josephine Yu’s ‘Prayer Book of the Anxious’.” 23Poems, May 2017.

“Meditation, Metaphor— the discourses of the human relationship to the natural world in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony and Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, The Association for Core Texts and Courses, Santa Fe, NM, April 2019. 

“Resisting The Second Nadir- Mental Health and the Poetry of Black Lives Matter. HBCU undergraduates read and respond to Claudia Rankine's poetic masterpiece Citizen: an American Lyric,” Collegium for African American Research, Orlando, FL, Jan-Feb 2019. 

“MaleCentered Imagination in the films of the Weimar Republic, and the Migration of the Male Gaze  to  Hollywood,” The  Society  for Multi-Ethnic  Studies:  
Europe  and  the  Americas,  Karl-Franzens-Universität, Graz, Austria, May 2018.

“Public and Private Space in E.M. Forster’s Howards End and Zadie Smith’s 
White Teeth: the Secret  Life’ of Otherness Revealed,”  The Association for Core Texts and Courses, Framingham, MA, April 2018. 

Expertise: Creative Writing in Poetry; Contemporary Literature; Literary Publishing; Writing Across the Curriculum; Interdisciplinary Studies in English.

Courses Taught: World Literature, American Literature, Women's Studies, Introduction to Literary Criticism; Advanced Communications for non-English majors; Advanced Composition (literary genres); Public Speaking; Composition.

Additional Information: I started writing poetry while I was a semi-professional modern dancer. Before I entered academia, I also worked as a theater artist. My academic studies, and my artistic life, sustain my interdisciplinary views about university life and the value of a college degree.