Welcome to the website for Michael Dowdy, author of Urbilly and Broken Souths and other dispatches from the crooked spine of the Americas–from the Global Souths of Latin America to the unitedstatesian south, from the Andes to the Appalachians, from Colombia to Columbia, South Carolina.
I’m associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina. I’ve written two books of criticism, including Broken Souths: Latina/o Poetic Responses to Neoliberalism and Globalization, which was published by the University of Arizona Press. I’m coeditor, with Claudia Rankine, of American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement, which is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press in 2018. My work as a poet includes the book Urbilly, winner of the 2017 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, and the chapbook The Coriolis Effect. I’ve been a faculty fellow at the National Endowment for the Humanities and at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center. Originally from Blacksburg, Virginia, I taught at Hunter College/CUNY for a decade before moving to South Carolina.
Email me: mcdowdy AT gmail.com; follow me: @dowdymc