Visiting Assistant Professor of LiteratureRoot Hall 309
Andrew Rippeon's research focuses on American poetry after 1950; he is particularly interested in relationships between experimental literature and emergent media. Rippeon is editing a selection of the poet Larry Eigner's letters to Jonathan Williams, and his critical and creative writing has appeared in Contemporary Literature, Jacket, Damn the Caesars, the EDIS Newsletter and With+Stand. He is working on a monograph, tentatively titled "Unruly Sound," tracing the intertwined trajectories of experimental poetics and emergent sound technologies in the latter half of the twentieth century. At Hamilton, Rippeon teaches courses in poetry and short fiction, and serves as studio manager for the College’s letterpress studio, which he has recently restored and where he runs workshops in letterpress printing. He earned his doctorate in literature from the University at Buffalo.
Recent Courses Taught
Short Story: Theme, Form, History
Poetry and Poetics
First Book Institute Fellow, The Center for American Literary, Pennsylvania State University, Summer 2015
David Gray Chair Dissertation Fellowship, University at Buffalo, 2010-11
Presidential Fellowship, University at Buffalo, 2006-10
- Larry Eigner: Letters to Jargon (edition of letters from poet Larry Eigner to his first major publisher Jonathan Williams), under contract at the University of Alabama.
- “extract from PORCHES” (3 poems), The Public (Buffalo, NY), Spring 2015. Web.
- PORCHES (chapbook of 10 poems), Delete Press (Austin, TX), Spring 2015, 10 pps.
- “Circ.” (10 poems) in Damn the Caesars (Scarborough, ME), Spring 2012, 11 pps.
- “plainsong | stave” (11 poems) in With+Stand 5 (Oakland, CA: Spring 2011), 11 pps.
- Priest (chapbook of 5 poems), VIGILANCE Society, 2009, 5 pps.
- “Bebop, Broadcast, Podcast, Audioglyph. Scanning Kamau Brathwaite's Mediated Sounds,” Contemporary Literature, summer 2014.
- “Larry Eigner: Letters to Jargon” (selected letters and an introductory essay excerpted from the forthcoming edition), Eleven Eleven, no. 17 (Summer 2014).
Reviews and Notes
- Postscript: The Katechon [on Michael Cross's poetry],” Damn the Caesars (Scarborough, Maine: spring 2012), 3 pps.
- “‘From to Blank to Blank / A Threadless Way’: on Emily Dickinson and Myung Mi Kim” (review-essay), EDIS Newsletter (winter 2012), 4 pps.
- “What Lyric Itself Thinks” (review of Canto, by Dan Beachy-Quick and Srikanth Reddy), Jacket2 (August 2011), 6 pps.
- “Becoming Unmoored: Rob Halpern’s Disaster Suites” with Rich Owens, in The Poetic Front vol. 3 (2010), 22 pps.
- “‘Once we leave a place is it there’: Radical Pedagogy,” in Building is a Process / Light is an Element: Essays and Extensions for Myung Mi Kim (QUEUE Books and The Electronic Poetry Center: Buffalo, NY: 2009), 31-37.
- “Listening to Change” (review of Anthony Hawley's The Concerto Form), Jacket magazine (Spring 2008), 6 pps.
- “C.J. Martin: Poetics of the Pile,” in ON: Contemporary Practice (Brooklyn, NY: Cuneiform Press, 2008), 105-110.
Selected Broadsides, Prints and Press Activity
- “from Hill to Hill.” 2” x 9” bookmark designed and printed by student-organizers of a Levitt Center-sponsored alumnae event in Washington, DC. March 19, 2015.
- “from The Field Guide to Flying.” 8” x 20” broadside of a poem by Jennifer Bartlett, printed from lead type and hand-carved linoleum block for the English and Creative Writing Department’s Spring 2015 Reading Series at Hamilton College. March 5, 2015.
- International Writers Festival suite of broadsides, with texts from Chris Abani, Valzhyna Mort, and Vijay Seshadri. 9” x 15,” in an edition of 45 for each individual print, in two colors from photopolymer plates for the English and Creative Writing Department’s Annual International Writers Festival at Hamilton College. February 27 – February 28, 2015.
- NIGHTINGALE. Booklet of student poems; written, designed, and produced by students in my English 204-03: Poetry and Poetics, for distribution to the campus community. December 2014.
- Letterpress postcards (4). Suite of four postcards inserted into Red Weather (Fall 2014). Edition of 100 (each). Hamilton College. Fall 2014.
- “Afterlife.” 9” x 22” broadside of a poem by Gary Leising, printed by students in Professor Naomi Guttman’s Fall 2014 poetry workshop, in two colors from handset lead type for the English and Creative Writing Department’s Fall 2014 Reading Series at Hamilton College. December 4, 2014.
- “Golden.” 9” x 14” broadside of a poem by Sarah C. Harwell, printed by students in Professor Naomi Guttman’s Fall 2014 poetry workshop, in two colors from handset lead type and hand-carved linoleum for the English and Creative Writing Department’s Fall 2014 Reading Series at Hamilton College. December 4, 2014.
- “The self is a thousand localities.” 9” x 18” broadside of a poem by Diane Raptosh, printed by students in my English 204-03: Poetry and Poetics, in two colors from photopolymer plates for the English and Creative Writing Department’s Fall 2014 Reading Series at Hamilton College. October 29, 2014.
- “head out window on the baptism highway.” 9” x 18” broadside of a poem by CAConrad, printed by students in my English 204-03: Poetry and Poetics, in two colors from photopolymer plates for the English and Creative Writing Department’s Fall 2014 Reading Series at Hamilton College. September 25, 2014.
- “Postcard from Kashmir.” 8” x 15” broadside of a poem by Agha Shahid Ali, printed by student volunteers during Fall 2014 New Student orientation, from photopolymer plates derived from Ali manuscripts help in the Burke Library, for The Beloved Witness Symposium at Hamilton College. September 19 – 20, 2014.
Curator, "Book Arts at Hamilton College," winter/spring 2014
- Advisor, John Rufo ’16, Emerson Summer Research Grant: “Hybrid Forms, Hybrid Voices: A Creative Study of Contemporary Political Poetics,” summer 2015.
- Judge, Academy of American Poets/Hansmann Prize (Departmental Writing Prize for undergraduate writing), spring 2015.
- Judge, “The John V.A. Weaver Prize in Poetry” (Departmental Writing Prize for undergraduate writing), spring 2015.
- Red Weather. Design and Production of Letterpress Ephemera: covers, etc., spring 2014-present
Modern Language Association
Appointed to the Faculty: 2014
Ph.D., University at Buffalo
M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., University of Delaware