Stacey Waite, "Butch Geography"
Stacey Waite, Butch Geography
Tuesday, September 18, 7pm
In her Los Angeles Review of Books essay "Who Is Who: Pronouns, Gender, and Merging Selves," Dana Levin describes Stacey Waite's fusion of gender identities: "Pseudonyms, heteronyms, personae, all the ventriloquizing literary arts; point of view and tonal shifts: these are tools for speakers and speaking. But the sentence too has a voice: 'i will not be the kind of boy who can not bear the memory of her body' . . . This is [Waite's] genius . . . to take innocuous syntactical phrasing and change the players mid-sentence -- to get around English's pronominal either/or by creating a syntactical both/and. . . ."
Stacey Waite is the author of three collections of poems: Choke (winner of the 2004 Frank O'Hara Prize), Love Poem to Androgyny (Main Street Rag, 2007), and the lake has no saint (winner of Tupelo Press's 2008 Snowbound Chapbook Award). With both an M.F.A. in poetry and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pittsburgh, Waite now teaches courses in writing, gender studies, and pedagogy as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.