Steinman, Lisa Malinowski 1950-
STEINMAN, Lisa Malinowski 1950-
PERSONAL: Born April 8, 1950, in Willimantic, CT; daughter of Zenon Stanislaus (a professor) and Shirley Belle (a college administrator; maiden name, Nathanson) Malinowski; married James A. Steinman (a medical technician), April 13, 1968 (divorced, 1980); married James L. Shugrue (a poet and bookseller), July 23, 1984. Education: Cornell University, B.A. (with distinction), 1971, M.F.A., 1973, Ph.D., 1976. Politics: "Yes."
ADDRESSES: Home—5344 Southeast 38th Ave., Portland, OR 97202-4208. Office—Department of English, Reed College, 3203 Southeast Woodstock Blvd., Portland, OR 97202-8138. E-mail—[email protected] edu.
CAREER: Reed College, Portland, OR, visiting assistant professor, 1976-77, assistant professor, 1976-82, associate professor, 1982-90, professor, 1990—, Kenan Professor of English Literature and Humanities, 1993—, director of National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for School Teachers, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, and 1999. Ithaca Poetry Center, member of board of directors; Connecticut Union for
the Revitalization of Education, staff member, 1968; Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies, resource person, 1972; Portland Poetry Festival, member of board of directors, 1979-81; Ninety-second Street Y Poetry Center, scholar-in-residence, 1987; consultant to Oregon Arts Commission.
MEMBER: Modern Language Association of America, PEN American Center, Associated Writing Programs, American Studies Association, Northwest PEN (cofounder; member of executive board, 1990-2000), Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi.
AWARDS, HONORS: Danforth fellow, 1971-75; scholar, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 1981; fellow of National Endowment for the Humanities, 1984 and 1996, Oregon Arts Commission, 1983, and National Endowment for the Arts, 1984; Rockefeller Foundation scholar, 1987-88; Pablo Neruda Award, Nimrod, 1987; Burlington Northern Award, 1987; Outstanding Academic Books designation, Choice, 1989, for Made in America: Science, Technology, and American Modernist Poets; Vollum Award, 1990; Oregon Institute of Literary Arts, Oregon Book Award, 1993, and Hazel Hall Poetry Award, 1994, all for A Book of Other Days.
Lost Poems, Ithaca House (Ithaca, NY), 1976.
All That Comes to Light (poetry), Arrowood Books (Corvallis, WA), 1989.
A Book of Other Days (poetry), Arrowood Books (Corvallis, WA), 1993.
Ordinary Songs (poetry chapbook), 26 Books (Portland, OR), 1996.
Masters of Repetition: Poetry, Culture, and Work in Thomson, Wordsworth, Shelley, and Emerson, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1998.(Editor) Romanticism and Contemporary Poetics (e-book), Romantic Circles Praxis (http://www.rc.umd.edu/praxis), 2002.
Carslaw's Consequences: Poems, University of Tampa Press (Tampa, FL), 2003.
Work represented in anthologies, including Anthology of New American Poetry, edited by Mark Lang Horne, American Poetry Press, 1974; The New Shelley, edited by G. Kim Blank, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1991; Teaching Wallace Stevens: Practical Essays, edited by John Serio and B. J. Leggett, University of Tennessee Press (Knoxville, TN), 1994; American Precisionism in America, 1917-1941: Re-ordering Reality, Abrams (New York, NY), 1994; and Gendered Modernisms, edited by Margaret Dickie and Thomas Travisano, University of Pennsylvania Press (Philadelphia, PA), 1996. Author of column "View from the Yurt" in Newfield News, 1974-76. Contributor of articles, poems, and reviews to literary journals, including Poet Lore, Chicago Review, Chariton Review, Prairie Schooner, International Quarterly, Michigan Quarterly, Poetry East, Threepenny Review, New Virginia Quarterly, and DeKalb Literary Journal. Editor, Epoch, 1972-75; founder and coeditor, Hubbub, 1983—; member of editorial board, Williams Review, 1991—, and Stevens Journal, beginning 1994.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Carslaw's Sequences, a poetry manuscript; Contemporary American Poetry, completion expected in 2008; research on the place of poetry in contemporary America.
SIDELIGHTS: Lisa Malinowski Steinman told CA: "I have always written, ever since I can remember. It seems to be a need more or less as acute as the need for food, water, sleep, companionship. I am also always reading poetry (not just contemporary American poetry, although that is a staple), and whatever I read informs my work. My particular interest these days is in the place of poetry in the cultures out of which it arises, what it offers to different times and people and cultures.
"In my own writing, I am similarly interested in including various lives and languages (especially colloquial speech)—in short, in the ways people use language to communicate with one another, as well as with the various interior languages people use to locate themselves. Last, but not least, I am interested in the way poetry can carve out a public space that is outside the usual economies (of money or utility or language), and allows there nuances of thought and feeling (not usually attended to) to be claimed, exchanged, and negotiated."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
American Literature, March, 1988, review of Made in America: Science, Technology, and American Modernist Poets, p. 139.
Bloomsbury Review, November, 1990, review of All That Comes to Light, p. 32.
Choice, December, 1987, review of Made in America, p. 626.
Comparative Literature, summer, 1991, review of Made in America, p. 290.
Isis, March, 1991, review of Made in America, p. 171.
Journal of American Studies, August, 1988, review of Made in America, p. 275; April, 1989, review of Made in America, p. 121.
Journal of English and Germanic Philology, January, 1989, review of Made in America, p. 148.
Library Journal, June 1, 1987, review of Made in America, p. 115.
Michigan Quarterly Review, spring, 1991, review of All That Comes to Light, p. 354.
New England Quarterly, June, 1988, review of Made in America, p. 294.
Nineteenth-Century Literature, September, 1998, review of Masters of Repetition: Poetry, Culture, and Work in Thomson, Wordsworth, Shelley, and Emerson, p. 274.
Reed, May, 1997.
SciTech Book News, February, 1988, review of Made in America, p. 5.
Studies in Romanticism, fall, 2000, Willard Spiegelman, review of Masters of Repetition, p. 481.
Technology and Culture, January, 1989, review of Made in America, p. 13o.
Western American Literature, spring, 1990, review of All That Comes to Light, p. 53.*