Ben Lee teaches courses in modern and contemporary poetry, literary theory, and African American literature. His research focuses on twentieth-century American poetry and poetics, with a special emphasis on vernacular and avant-garde approaches. He is writing a book on experimental poetry and U.S. culture after WWII.
B.A., Amherst College
M.A., University of Tennessee
M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia
- “Spontaneity and Improvisation in Postwar Experimental Poetry,” The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature, eds. Joe Bray, Alison Gibbons, and Brian McHale. (New York: Routledge, 2012), 75-88.
- “Avant-Garde Poetry as Subcultural Practice: Mailer and Di Prima’s Hipsters,” New Literary History, 41.4 (Autumn 2010), 775-794.
- “Howl and Other Poems: Is There Old Left in These New Beats?” American Literature, 76.2 (June 2004), 367-89.
- “LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka and the Limits of Open Form,” African American Review, 37.2-3 (Summer/Fall 2003), 371-87.
- “Fred Moten’s Gentle Ferocity,” Lute & Drum (February 2015).
- Review of Hazard Adams’s The Offense of Poetry, Modern Philology, 101.9 (August 2011), E1-E4.
- “Frank O’Hara and the Turn to Friendship.” Review Essay on Andrew Epstein’s Beautiful Enemies: Friendship in Postwar American Poetry and Lytle Shaw’s Frank O’Hara: The Poetics of Coterie, Criticism 49.2 (Spring 2007), 243-247.
Awards, Honors & Grants
- Hodges Excellence in Teaching Award for Assistant Professors, Department of English, University of Tennessee, 2011
- Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Tennessee, 2010
- Research Fellow, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, 2009-10