Jenny Penberthy

BA (Univ. of Natal, South Africa), MA, PhD (UBC)

Instructor - English

Book publications:  

Jenny's research and publications have focused on the poetry of Lorine Niedecker. She has edited Niedecker's poems -  New Goose  (Berkeley: Listening Chamber, 2003),  Lorine Niedecker: Collected Works   (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002), and  Harpsichord and Salt Fish   (Durham, UK: Pig Press, 1991) - and her letters -  Niedecker and the Correspondence with Zukofsky 1931-1970   (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993). She has also edited a collection of essays,  Lorine Niedecker: Woman and Poet   (Orono, ME: National Poetry Foundation, University of Maine, 1996). 

Academic interests:  

Poetry and poetics, textual scholarship, print culture, modernism, post-war literary history, post-colonial literature of Africa.  

Most Recent Articles:     

"Embodying Objectivism: Lorine Niedecker and Lisa Robertson."  After Objectivism: Reconfiguring 21st-Century Poetry & Poetics  .     Eds. W. Scott Howard and Broc Rossell. Forthcoming 2016.

"The Very Variants: A Few Revisions to Lorine Niedecker's  Collected Works.  "  Jacket2   (May 2013). Web.

"Writing Lake Superior."  Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Poetics of Place  . Ed. Elizabeth Willis. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2008. 61-79. Print.

Current research:     

Several projects are on the go: an edition of essays by Kenneth Cox for Flood Editions in Chicago (forthcoming 2015), an edition of selected letters by Lorine Niedecker, a book about the small press movement in the UK during the 1960s and 1970s with particular attention to Fulcrum Press, and a book on Lorine Niedecker and Lake Superior.   

Courses taught:     

Jenny enjoys teaching the introductory poetry course. She has also taught courses on literature in translation, non-western influences on modernist writing, Japanese literature, American poets such as Dickinson, Whitman, Stein, Moore, H.D., and others, and on contemporary Canadian poets. 

Jenny is a former editor of  The Capilano Review   (  ), board chair of the Capilano Review Contemporary Arts Society, and founding editor of CUE Books. 


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