I’m Steel Wagstaff: poet, literary scholar, librarian, web designer, and educational technology consultant.
I’m also a dissertator in the literary studies branch of the English department at UW-Madison, where I’ve earned Master’s degrees in Library and Information Studies and English (Literary Studies with an emphasis in Creative Writing). In 2011, I completed a three-field preliminary examination (20th Century American Poetry, 20th Century North American Prose, and Environmental Criticism & Theory) and am now writing a dissertation focusing on the writing of several “Objectivist” poets (Lorine Niedecker, George Oppen, Louis Zukofsky, Charles Reznikoff, Basil Bunting, and Carl Rakosi).
I’ve previously worked as a consultant in UW-Madison’s DesignLab, as the Assistant Director of UW-Madison’s English 100 program (“Introduction to College Composition”), as a teaching assistant and instructor for literature and writing courses, and as a land surveyor. I write poetry and facilitate a weekly poetry workshop at Oakhill Correctional Institution as part of the Writers in Prisons Project. I live in Madison, Wisconsin with my wife, Laurel Bastian.
Here’s a recent copy of my academic C.V.
I cultivate a broadly distributed web presence. Here are links to my blog, my tumblr page, my twitter feed, and the site for Steel’s Magnolias, a weekly music show I hosted on a student radio station.