Jennifer Soong

Jennifer Soong

Assistant Professor in Creative Writing, Poetry

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What I do

I am a poet and scholar of poetry and poetics, with a focus on modern and contemporary Anglophone literature. I am also interested in aesthetics, small press publishing, critical theory, the avant-garde, psychoanalysis, philosophy, and linguistics.

Professional Biography

I am currently completing a critical book on the relationship between poetry and forgetting for the University of Chicago Press. I am also the author of the full-length poetry collections Comeback Death (forthcoming with Krupskaya), Suede Mantis / Soft Rage (Black Sun Lit, 2022), and Near, At (Futurepoem, 2019). Two of my chapbooks--Hand Hiding Hand and Natural Attachments--are forthcoming with Face Press and Hiding Press, respectively. My essays and articles on topics ranging from escapism to John Wieners and the minor poet are available or forthcoming at Modernism/modernity, Textual Practice, Journal of Modern Literature, and Chicago Review. I am currently editing a cluster for Post45 on the poet Tan Lin.

I joined the Department of English and Literary Arts at DU in 2023. Prior to that I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford. I received my PhD from Princeton and my BA from Harvard.


  • Ph.D., English, Princeton University, 2021
  • AB, English, with a secondary in Visual and Environmental Studies (Studio), Harvard College, 2014