Laura Bylenok

Laura Bylenok

Higher Education Fellow

Biography

Laura Bylenok is the author of two books, including the poetry collection Warp, winner of the 2015 T.S. Eliot Prize, and a hybrid-genre sequence of prose poems, a/0, published by DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press. Her work appears widely in literary journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets, Ninth Letter, Pleiades, Crazyhorse, North American Review, and Guernica. She is currently at work on a new manuscript that explores the overlap between scientific inquiry and lyric poetry. Her creative and teaching interests center around the tendencies and possibilities of traditional, idiosyncratic, and hybrid poetic forms. Her work is informed by the intersections of poetic and scientific inquiry, and especially by the poetic possibilities suggested in the mechanisms of transcription and reproduction in molecular biology and genetics, and she is deeply interested in etymology as a formal excavation of language, and in tracing a lineage of experimentation with inscription and materiality. She is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington.