St. Bonaventure University

School of Arts & Sciences Faculty

Harris, Kaplan

A selfie of Dr. Harris in the forest

School of Arts and Sciences

Professor, English
Chair of the Department of English
Chair of the Faculty Senate
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  • ENG 220. American Literature I 
  • ENG 221. American Literature II     
  • ENG 360. Modern Poetry 
  • ENG 365-366. Contemporary British and American Literature 
  • ENG 376. The American Novel, 1865-1920 
  • ENG 379. African-American Literature
  • ENG 380. World Literature
  • ENG 390. Literary Theory 
  • ENG 391. Literary Criticism 
  • ENG 497. Studies in American Modernism 
  • ENG 501. Literary Theory 
  • ENG 574: American Literary Movements 
  • ENG 581. The English Novel in the Twentieth Century 
  • ENG 583. Modern Poetry 
  • ENG 584. American Literature of the Twentieth Century 
  • ENG 586: Political Dimensions of the American Novel 
  • ENG 599. Special Topics: Transnational Poetry
  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
  • M.A., University of Notre Dame
  • B.A., North Carolina State University



Recent Campus Service

  • Faculty Representative for University Planning Commission (UPC), Fall 2022–present.
  • Chair of Senate Curriculum Committee for School of Arts and Sciences, Fall 2021–present.
  • Member, Faculty Handbook Committee, January 2021–present.
  • Arts Representative, Faculty Senate, April 2019–present.
  • Chair, Senate Faculty Status Committee, Fall 2019–present.
  • Member, All Bona Reads Committee Member, Fall 2018–present.
  • Member, Individualized Major Board, April 2019–present.
  • Faculty Excellence Committee, Fall 2018–present.

Recent Publications


Selected Presentations

  • “Somatic Seriality” for Robert Duncan Conference, Sorbonne, Paris, France, June 12-14, 2019.
  • “Austerity in the Archive: Lisa Robertson and Jordan Abel,” for the conference Text/Sound/Performance: Making in Canadian Space, UCD, Dublin Ireland, April 25-27, 2019.
  • “Poetry With Feelings,” for Poetics: (The Next) 25 Years Conference, University at Buffalo, April 10, 2016.
  • “On Jargon,” Roundtable presentation. MSA Conference XVII, Boston, MA, November 21, 2015.
  • “Financing the Jargon Society.” Invited lecture, symposium on Black Mountain College, University of Maine, October 24, 2015 
  • “A Brief History of Small Press Fundraising After Jargon Society,” NeMLA Conference, Toronto, May 1, 2015.
  • Mattachine Review to Mirage: Liberation in the Little Magazines,” invited talk, Wayne State University, November 11, 2014. 
  • “Little Magazine Empires,” Modernist Association Conference XVI, Pittsburgh, PA, November 9, 2014. 
  • “Alice Notley, Editor,” Alette in Oakland Symposium, Bay Area Public School, October 25, 2014.
  • "Adjuncts, Interns, and the DIY Poetry Tradition." Lecture for Textual Editing and Modernism in Canada Summer Institute at The University of British Columbia (Okanagan), July 24, 2014.
  • Fulbright speaker for Canada/US Connections Interdisciplinary Panel: Cross Border Research Collaboration, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2014, Brock University, Ontario, May 29, 2014. 
  • "Contact, Contact, and Contact: Editing Late Modernism in Canada and the U.S.," Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2014, Brock University, Ontario, May 26, 2014. 
  • "Make It New Age: Causes and Poets, 1968-1981," invited talk, Fulbright sponsored, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 14, 2014. 
  • "Black Mountain Day by Day," Modernist Studies Association kConference XV, Sussex, England, August 30, 2013.
  • “Days of Future Past: Archive, Institutions, Poetics.” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 22, 2013.
  • “The Poetics of Print, 1961-Present.” Invited organizer and chair for panel sponsored by the Council of Literary Magazines and Press, MLA Convention, Boston, January 4, 2013.
  • “Black Mountain Exodus: San Francisco and the Mechanics of Legitimization at Mid-Century.” Modernist Studies Association Conference XIV, Las Vegas, October 19, 2012.
  • Invited presenter for roundtable on “Internationalism of the Avant-Garde,” with Benjamin Friedlander and Vanessa Place, Brock University, Ontario, September 14, 2012.
  • “Long Poems, Professionalization, Magazines: Beverley Dahlen's A Reading and Ron Silliman's Alphabet.” Invited presentation for plenary panel on post-genre writing, National Poetry Foundation Conference on Poetry and Poetics of the 1980s, University of Maine, July 1, 2012.
  • “The Geography of Genre.” National Poetry Foundation Conference on Poetry and Poetics of the 1980s, University of Maine, June 27, 2012.
  • “Vampire Editing: On Dodie Bellamy and Mirage,” Conference on Poetry Communities and the Individual Talent, University of Pennsylvania, April 13-14, 2012.
  • “Avant-Garde Interrupted,” Panel member with Kate Bornstein and Camille Roy for Tendencies: Poetics & Practice series, Martin E. Segal Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY, February 15, 2012.
  • “The LeftWrite Conference 30 Years Later: Kaplan Harris in Conversation with Bruce Boone and Robert Glück,” Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center, San Francisco, CA, December 4 2011.
  • “Larry Eigner by the Numbers: Black Mountain Review to Gay Sunshine and L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E,” Modernist Studies Association Conference XIII, Buffalo, NY, October 8, 2011.
  • “Modernist Soundscapes,” seminar leader with Steve Evans, Modernist Studies Association Conference XIII, Buffalo, NY, October 6, 2011.
  • “The Correspondence of Robert Creeley.” Invited presentation to the Yale Working Group in Contemporary Poetry, Yale University, March 25, 2011.
  • “Prudish, Kinky, and Wicked: A 1970s Kind of Modernism.” Panel for Modernist Studies Association Conference XII, Victoria, British Columbia, 13 Nov 2010.
  • “‘JGT Very glad of your company’: Three Code Signals for the Conceptual Writing of Hannah Weiner.” Invited presentation, “Hannah Weiner: A Roundtable,” The Poetics Program, University at Buffalo, 29 Oct 2010.
  • “The Unpublished Correspondence of Charles Olson and Robert Creeley.” Invited presentation, “Olson at the Century: A Symposium,” The Poetics Program, University at Buffalo, 15 Oct 2010.
  • “Causes, Movements, Poets.” Invited Presentation to the Poetics Group, University of Pennsylvania, 4 October 2010.
  • Invited reader for Small Press Journal Launch, sponsored by the Poetics Program, University at Buffalo, Western New York Book Arts Center, Buffalo, NY, 2 Oct 2010.
  • “Creeley's Buffalo in Letters.” Invited presenter and panel organizer, Black Mountain North Symposium, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2 Oct 2010. 
  • “After New Narrative: Innovation and Its Social Discontents.” Invited lecture for Small Press in the Archive Lecture Series, The Poetry Collection, Poetics Program and Special Collections, University at Buffalo, March 17, 2010.
  • “Translation by Détournement: From Jack Spicer to Bruce Boone and Robert Glück.” MLA Presidential Forum Panel on Translation, Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia, 27-30 Dec 2009.
  • Roundtable speaker, “Languages of Translation.” Modernist Studies Association Conference XI, Montréal, Québec, 7 Nov 2009.
  • “Editing the Letters of Poet Robert Creeley.” Faculty Research Presentation, St. Bonaventure University, November 12, 2008. Invited by Dr. Joel Horowitz.
  • “Sex and the Sentence: Dodie Bellamy and Lyn Hejinian in the 1980s.” Lifting Belly High: Conference on Women’s Poetry Since 1900, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, September 11- 13, 2008.
  • “The Small Press Traffic School of Dissimulation.” National Poetry Foundation Poetry Conference on the 1970s, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, June 14, 2008.
  • “Bay Area Poetics, 1980-1985.” Invited lecture, Society for the Humanities, A. D. White House, Cornell University, April 3, 2008.
  • “Hannah Weiner from Radcliffe College to the Lower East Side.” Event celebrating the publication of Hannah Weiner’s Open House (Kenning, 2006) at St. Mark's Poetry Project, New York, NY, November 28, 2007.
  • “From Airmail to Email: Editing a Multigenerational Correspondence.” College English Association – Middle Atlantic Group Conference, Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland, March 10, 2007.
  • “New Narrative and the Making of Language Poetry.” 20th-Century Literature and Culture Conference, University of Louisville, Kentucky, February 22, 2007.
  • “Gender Performance, Performance Enhancement, and Poetry.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention, Charlotte, North Carolina, November 11, 2006.
  • “Fashion Auras, Culture, and Gender Norms: the Journals of Hannah Weiner.” CUNY Conference on Contemporary Poetry, New York, New York, November 4, 2005.
  • “Provincializing the New York School: Kenneth Koch’s Impressions of Africa.” Modern Studies Association Conference, Vancouver, Canada, October 22, 2004.
  • “Bottom Up: Louis Zukofsky’s Henry Adams.” Poetics at Buffalo Symposium, “Re-Reading Zukofsky’s Bottom: on Shakespeare,” SUNY-Buffalo, October 31, 2003.


  • Ruthless Grip Poetry Series at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center. With Mel Nichols, 2006-2007.
  • In Your Ear Poetry Series at the District of Columbia Arts Center. With Lorraine Graham and Tom Orange, 2003-2005.