Curriculum Vitae

Downloadable Version

John Linstrom

MacCracken Fellow, New York University

NYU English Department, 244 Greene St., New York, NY 10003

Contact here.


Ph.D., English and American Literature, New York University, anticipated graduation 2019.
Dissertation (in progress): Thresholds: Land and Ecospheric Cosmologies in American Literature during Agricultural Mechanization, from Reconstruction to the Dust Bowl - director: Dr. Una Chaudhuri

M.F.A., Creative Writing and Environment, Iowa State University, 2013.
Thesis: Havening (researched literary nonfiction) – director: Professor David Zimmerman

B.A., English with Honors and Humanities, Christ College Scholar, Valparaiso University, 2010.
Honors Thesis: "Reconciling Nature and Culture: On an Ecopoetics of Thoreauvian Relinquishment and Whitmanesque Superfluity" – director: Dr. Martin Buinicki

Professional History

Graduate Teaching Assistant, English, New York University, New York, NY, August 2016-present.
Director, Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, MI, September 2012-August 2014.
Adjunct Professor, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, January-May 2014.
Graduate Instructor, English, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, August 2010-May 2013.
Curator, Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, MI, April 2012-September 2012.

Book Edition

Bailey, L. H. The Holy Earth. 1915. Authoritative centennial edition. Ed. John Linstrom. Introd. Wendell Berry. Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2015. Print.

Scholarly Publications

"Seeking a Center for Ecopoetics." Valparaiso Poetry Review 12.2 (2011). Web.

"A Savage Mountain Man and Clever Irony in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." The Twainian 64.2 (2008). Print.

Literary Publications

“Losing Track of the Conversation.” (Poem.) Dunes Review. April 2018. [Forthcoming.]

“What was Precious.” (Poem.) Valparaiso Poetry Review. Fall/Winter 2017/2018. [Forthcoming.]

"On the President's Announcement of our Hashtag." (Poem.) This Week in Poetry 9 November 2015. Web.

"Fuckaroo!" (Narrative essay.) Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland. Ed. Lance Sacknoff, Xavier Cavazos, and Stefanie Brook Trout. North Liberty, IA: Ice Cube Press, 2014.

"Out of State." (Poem.) Valparaiso Poetry Review 14.2 (2013). Web.

"Daedalus, Give Me the Farthest Distance between Two Points." (Poem.) The Reed Spring 2009. Print.

Scholarship in Progress

"Bodies, Zombies, Grave Dirt and a Divine Goat: Vital Ontology and Cosmopolitical Potential in Zora Neale Hurston's Tell My Horse" [in progress].

"'I break not with the past': Reconciling The New England Primer with Progressive-Era (Pre)Science in L. H. Bailey's Outlook" [in progress].

Havening, a research-based creative nonfiction exploration of the life and work of L. H. Bailey and the small hometown of South Haven, Michigan that he and I shared 150 years apart [in progress].

Scholarships, Honors, And Awards

Creative Nonfiction Participant, Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers' Conference, Middlebury Coll., June 2017.

Poetry Contributor, Sewanee Writers' Conference, The U. of the South, July 2015.

MacCracken Doctoral Fellowship, Graduate Program in Arts and Science, New York U., August 2014-May 2019.

Bailey Foundation Fellowship, Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, August 2014-August 2015.

Richard R. Wright Award for best expository essay in rhetoric/composition, English Department, Iowa State U., two-time winner: April 2012 and April 2013.

Critical Writing Award for best graduate student critical essay, English Department, Iowa State U., April 2012.

Christ College (Interdisciplinary Honors College) Scholar, Christ College, Valparaiso U., May 2010.

Induction into Phi Beta Kappa National Academic Honor Society, April 2010.

English Honors Project, “Thoreauvian Relinquishment and Whitmanesque Superfluity: Towards an Ecocritical Reconciliation,” English Department, Valparaiso U., April 2010.

Donnelley Prize for best essay on humankind’s relationship with the environment (first two-time winner), Christ College, Valparaiso U., April 2009 and April 2010.

Margot Ann Uehling Prize for Writing for best nonfiction essay, Honorable Mention, English Department, Valparaiso U., April 2010.

Induction into Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society, April 2009.

Board of Directors Award for best presentation in the Humanities category at the VU Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship, Valparaiso U., April 2009.

Endorsement of Christ College for summer independent field study, “Seeking the Sublime on Walden Pond and Lake Michigan,” funded by The Donnelley Prize, Valparaiso U., April 2009.

Prahl Scholarship, English Department, Valparaiso U., April 2009.

Lumina Award (magna cum laude standing or higher), College of Arts and Sciences, Valparaiso U., April 2009.

Christ College (Interdisciplinary Honors College) Honors Thesis, “Towards a Frugal Land Ethic in American Federal Lands Management,” Valparaiso U., June 2008.

Induction into Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, April 2008.

Induction into National Residence Hall Honorary, April 2008.

Induction into Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First-Year Students, April 2007.

Lutheran Leader Intern Scholarship, Valparaiso U., August 2006-May 2010.

Conference Papers

"Ecospherism on the Land: Fieldwork, Ignorance, and Ecological Creativity," special panel on "Ecosphere Studies: Recovering Our Membership in 'Earth Alive!,'" Twelfth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), Detroit, Michigan, June 20-24, 2017.

"'Rural Civilization' and 'The New Hold': Village, Country, and the Rural Vision in L. H. Bailey's The Holy Earth," special panel on "Liberty Hyde Bailey and The Holy Earth: One Century In," The Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting, Briarcliff Manor, New York, June 23-25, 2016.

"The Holy Earth and Ecocriticism's 'Third Wave': Bridging the Dualism between Relinquishment and Superfluity," special panel on "100 Years of Liberty Hyde Bailey's The Holy Earth," Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS) / Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) Annual Meeting and Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 24-28, 2015.

“Gothic Transformations and Nature’s Perspective in L. H. Bailey’s The Seven Stars,” Natures 2013 Interdisciplinary Humanities Conference, Riverside, California, February 15, 2013.

“From the Lakeshore,” National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Missoula, Montana, April 15-17, 2010.

“The Morals of Motion in As I Lay Dying,” Sigma Tau Delta National Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 25-28, 2009.

“A Savage Mountain Man and Clever Irony in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” National Conference on Undergraduate Research, La Crosse, Wisconsin, April 16-18, 2009.

Invited Lectures and Local Presentations

Invited Lecture, "The Holy Earth: A Genesis and a Renaissance," special panel on "100th Anniversary Edition of Liberty Hyde Bailey's The Holy Earth," Cornell University "Chats in the Stacks Book Talk," Ithaca, New York, April 19, 2016.

Invited Lecture, "'The New Rural Civilization,' Bailey's Vision, and What it Means for Us," Curator's Talk for the exhibition opening of "The Holy Earth Centennial: Bailey's Vision at 100," Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, Michigan, July 19, 2015.

"New Discoveries about L. H. Bailey and Why they may Alter his Legacy: Masonry, Race, Family and Fiction," Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum Summer Lecture Series, South Haven, Michigan, August 31, 2013.

"The Plants He Loved are Living: A Walking Tour," Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum Summer Lecture Series, South Haven, Michigan, August 2, 2013.

"The Liberty Hyde Bailey Interpretive Garden Path and the Sustainability Movement," Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum Summer Lecture Series, South Haven, Michigan, 2011.

Invited Lecture, "Reawakening to an Everyday Sublime on Walden Pond and Lake Michigan," Christ College "Word and Image" Plenary, Valparaiso, Indiana, 2010.

"A Savage Mountain Man and Clever Irony in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Valparaiso University Celebration of Undergraduate Research, Valparaiso, Indiana, April 14, 2009.

Teaching Experience

ENGL-UA 220: British Literature II (as Teaching Assistant)
ENGL-UA 230: American Literature I (as Teaching Assistant) [Spring 2018]
CORE-UA 400: Texts and Ideas: Arts and Publics (as Teaching Assistant)

LS 608: Graduate Writing and Research
Graduate Writing Center Tutor

ENGL 150: Critical Thinking and Communication
ENGL 207: Introduction to Creative Writing (as Teaching Assistant)
ENGL 250: Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition; Place-Based Composition

Department Service

Coordinator, Farm to Text (Graduate Working Group), Fall 2015-Spring 2017.
PhD Representative, Graduate English Organization, Summer 2015-Spring 2016.
Member, Committee on Events and Public Programs, Summer 2015-Spring 2016.
Member, Everett Casey Nature Center and Reserve Stewardship Committee, Fall 2010-Spring 2013.
Member, Hiring Committee, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Fall 2012.

Professional Service

Co-Instructor, “Creative Nonfiction Writing,” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Iowa State University, March 2013-April 2013.
Nonfiction Editor, Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, Iowa State University, August 2010-May 2012.
Intern, Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, Michigan, May 2011-August 2011.
Editor, the Lighter, Valparaiso University, August 2009-June 2010.
Assistant Editor, The Cresset: A review of literature, the arts, and public affairs, Valparaiso University, January 2009-June 2010.

Professional Memberships

Academy of American Poets
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Mortar Board, national academic honor society
Phi Beta Kappa, national academic honor society
Sigma Tau Delta, international English honor society