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Jeremy Reed

PhD student, Graduate Teaching Associate


Jeremy Michael Reed is a PhD candidate in English & Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee. His poems are published or forthcoming in Oxidant|EngineStill: The Journal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and elsewhere, including the anthology Mountains Piled upon Mountains: New Appalachian Nature Writing. He is the editor-in-chief of Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, associate editor for Sundress Publications, co-director of The Only Tenn-I-See Reading Series, and assistant to Joy Harjo. In his fourth year of study, he is currently finishing his dissertation, a collection of poems and nonfiction concerning racialized narrative identities in his rural, Midwestern hometown using a documentary, lyric, and genre-blurring approach to public memory. He is currently on the academic job market. For more information on his work, visit his personal website.


  • Creative Writing, Poetry
  • 20th Century American Literature


M.A. The University of Montana, 2014

B.A. Valparaiso University, 2012


  • "On hearing your voice over the phone, I want to ask for your touch," "On remembering where we swam, the time that's passed since then," and "On waking in the night, at first unable to see, and yet knowing," (poems), Oxidant|Engine, September 2018

  • "But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise" and "Glacier Lake, The Mission Mountains," (poems), Bright Bones: Contemporary Montana Poems, June 2018
  • "'serving the art we need and love': An Interview with Christian Anton Gerard" (interview), Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, May 2018
  • “The Tennessee River” (poem reprint), Appalachian Heritage March 2018
  • "An Everyday Practice of Starting Over in Either Way, You’re Done by Stephanie McCarley Dugger" (review), Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, Jan. 2018
  • Review of System of Ghosts by Lindsay Tigue (review), Stirring: A Literary Collection, Oct 2017
  • “Appalachia”, "Listening," and "Settling" (poems), Still: The Journal, Oct 2017
  • "Higgins Lake," (essay), Still: The Journal, Oct 2017
  • “Hand-Stitched” (poem), Whale Road Review, September 2017
  • “muein” (poem), Psaltery & Lyre, August 2017
  • “Selah” (poem), The Cresset, June 2017

  • "Our First Southern Winter" (Poem) Heartwood, April 2017
  • "Interview with Poet LeAnne Howe", UTK Writers in the Library Blog, February 2017
  • "Speaking Failure" & "Mirror Casket [two caskets side by side   three]" (Poems), Public Pool, January 2017
  • "Pantoum: The Sycamore Tree" (Poem), Still: The Journal, October 2016
  • "Hold Out as Long as You Can" & "The Tennessee River" (Poems), Stirring: A Literary Collection, October 2016
  • "In the Room Made of Broken Mockingbirds: Review of Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong," Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts' The Writing Life Blog, September 2016
  • "Bitterroots, Montana" (Poem), Red Paint Hill, July 2016
  • "Vertebrae" (Poem), the museum of americana, June 2016
  • "'To Take Note of Where We Are': Review of Stranger by Adam Clay," Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts' The Writing Life Blog, February 2016
  • "The Last Book I Loved: Home by Toni Morrison" (Essay-Review), The Rumpus, July 2015
  • "The Last Poems I Loved: John Berryman's Dream Songs #265 and #279" (Essay-Review), The Rumpus, June 2015
  • "Three Months After the Fire" (Poem), Valparaiso Poetry Review XI:2 (Spring/Summer 2015)
  • "The Last Book I Loved: The Delicacy and Strength of Lace by Leslie Marmon Silko and James Wright" (Essay-Review), The Rumpus (April 2015)
  • "Evening by the Blackfoot in Late July" (Poem), Camas: The Nature of the West (Summer 2014
  • "'I learn by going where I have to go': Expectations and Meditations on the Way of St. James" (Essay), The Cresset

Professional Service

  • Managing Editor, Norton Anthology of Native Poetry, 2018-present
  • Associate Poetry Editor, Sundress Publications, 2018-present
  • Graduate Teaching Associate Evaluation Committee, 2018-present
  • Editor-in-chief, Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, 2017-present
  • Research Assistant to Joy Harjo, 2016-present
  • Co-Founder, The Only Tenn-I-See Reading Series, 2016-present
  • Co-Founder & Co-Organizer, UTK-Vanderbilt Student Exchange Reading Series, 2016-present
  • First Year Composition Completion Committee, 2018
  • Managing Editor & Asst. Poetry Editor, Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, 2016-17

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • Norman J. Sanders Dissertation Fellowship, 2018-19
  • Richard Beale Davis Editorial Fellowship, 2017-19
  • John C. Hodges Prize in Poetry (selected by Ladan Osman), 2018
  • Thomas Wheeler Travel Fellowship, 2018
  • Harjo Essay Prize (selected by Natalie Diaz), 2017
  • Tennessee Writer-in-Residence Fellowship (SAFTA & TN Arts Commission), 2017
  • John C. Hodges Excellence in Scholarship Award, 2015
  • Nominations for Best of the Net and Pushcart Prizes

Associations & Organizations

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)

Conference Presentations

  • Panel Moderator: "Creative Writing in the Digital Age", NEXUS Conference, Knoxville, TN, March 2018

  • Panel Member: "Writing in the Appalachian Margins", James Agee Conference, Knoville, TN 2016
  • "'I know what unsettles this country can also unsettle me': Terrance Hayes, Jacob Lawrence, and the Great Migration Today", SAMLA Conference, Durham NC, November 2015
  • "'That time was gone forever': Animal/Human Hybridity as De-familiarizing Critique in Denis Johnson's Train Dreams", ASLE Conference, Moscow ID, June 2015
  • "Religious Landscape, Spiritual Perspective: Transcendental Postmodernism in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life", Literature/Film Association Conference, Missoula MT, October 2014
  • "Zadie Smith's Ritual Interest: NW in a Postsecular Lens", Graduate Student and Faculty Research Conference at University of Montana, Missoula MT, April 2014
  • Panel Moderator: "Speaking, Listening, Stories, and Textual Invention", Thinking Its Presence: Race and Creative Writing Conference, Missoula MT, April 2014
  • "A Both/And Reading Event: The Mystic Shift in David Foster Wallace's The Pale King", Literature and Research Colloquium at University of Montana, Missoula MT, February 2014
  • "'What is Peoria for?': Postsecularism, The Pale King, and the Reader as Canvas", PAMLA Conference, San Diego CA, November 2013

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