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John Linstrom

MacCracken Fellow, New York University
NYU English Department, 244 Greene St., New York, NY 10003
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Education

Ph.D., English and American Literature, New York University, anticipated graduation 2020.
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


Dissertation Synopsis

Thresholds: Land and Ecospheric Cosmologies in American Literature during Agricultural Mechanization, from Reconstruction to the Dust Bowl recovers a set of marginalized American literary traditions—the agrarian, indigenous, and diasporic—in their engagements with the concepts of land and labor to complicate twentieth-century assumptions about ecological awareness and action.  I argue that, in the era of climate change, imaginative answers posed by our global ecological crises should not originate solely from the perspective of the European Enlightenment’s scientific tradition, without excluding that tradition.  The authors I consider wrote during or around the Progressive Era and challenged the technocratic assumptions of that time through the lens of what I call “fieldwork,” a category of labor that secures sustenance from the land.  This period saw massive population shifts from country to city, lending urgency to the cause these authors felt to delineate the human relationship to the more-than-human biotic community called land.  In every case I identify, engagement with the local environment shaped and was shaped by an understanding of an ecological, planetary “cosmology”—neither the local nor the global was privileged over the other: both were inseparable.  By engaging authors working in the agrarian, indigenous, and diasporic modes alongside each other in this dissertation, I demonstrate how diverse human communities have found the means to challenge ecologically destructive cultural assumptions and resist imperialist exploitation of land and society in a variety of ways in the early twentieth century, engaging science while resisting technodeterminism, and I suggest a similar path for us today.


Professional History

Teaching Assistant, English/Core, New York University, New York, NY, August 2016-December 2018.
Graduate Adjunct Instructor, English, New York University, New York, NY, May-June 2018.
Executive Director, Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, MI, September 2012-August 2014.
Adjunct Instructor, 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 Editions

Series: The Liberty Hyde Bailey Library [tentative], a series of primary and secondary works by and about Liberty Hyde Bailey, to be published under the Comstock Publishing Associates imprint of Cornell University Press. John Linstrom, series editor. [Under contract; peer-reviewed.]

Bailey, Liberty Hyde. The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's Companion: Essential Writings. Edited by John Stempien and John Linstrom, Ithaca, NY, Comstock-Cornell UP, 2019. [Forthcoming; peer-reviewed.]

Bailey, Liberty Hyde. The Holy Earth. 1915. Edited by John Linstrom, introduction by Wendell Berry, Authoritative Text, Centennial Edition, Berkeley, Counterpoint, 2015.


Scholarly Publications

Cowritten with Daniel Rinn: "Agrarian 'Naturism': Liberty Hyde Bailey and the Michigan Frontier." Mapping Midwestern Minds: Essays on the Intellectual History of the American Midwest, edited by Jon K. Lauck, et al., Madison, Wisconsin Historical Society. [Forthcoming.]

"Seeking a Center for Ecopoetics." Valparaiso Poetry Review, vol. 12, no. 2, 2011, https://www.valpo.edu/vpr/v12n2/v12n2prose/linstromseeking.php.

"A Savage Mountain Man and Clever Irony in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." The Twainian, vol. 64, no. 2, 2008.


Scholarship in Progress

"Simon Pokagon, Indigenous Fieldwork, and the 'Rebuke' of the Ogimawkwe Mitigwaki (Queen of the Woods)" [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].

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].


Literary Publications

"Storm's Breath." (Poem.) Free State Review. Print. [Forthcoming.]

"Blueshift." (Poem.) Cold Mountain Review. Print and web. [Forthcoming.]

"Leaving the Party." (Poem.) Alluvian, vol. 5, Spring 2019, http://alluvian.space/leaving-the-party-john-linstrom.

“Church of the Epiphany.” (Poem.) Bridge Eight, 15 Dec 2018, https://www.bridgeeight.com/church-of-the-epiphany/.

“Day Sleepers.” (Poem.) Commonweal Magazine, vol. 145, no. 15, 21 Sept. 2018, p. 13 and https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/day-sleepers.

"Ice Sheet Archive." (Poem.) Broad River Review, 50th Anniversary Issue, no. 50, 2018, p. 104.

"Sunrise, with Motherly Influence." (Poem.) Commonweal Magazine, vol. 145, no. 12, 6 July 2018, p. 44 and https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/poem-sunrise-motherly-influence.

"Annual Thaw." (Poem.) Commonweal Magazine, vol. 145, no. 11, 15 June 2018, p. 8 and https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/annual-thaw.

"Found in the City." (Poem.) Commonweal Magazine, vol. 145, no. 11, 15 June 2018, p. 31 and https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/found-city.

"Sweet Potato Elegy." (Poem.) Commonweal Magazine, vol. 145, no. 9, 18 May 2018, p. 10 and https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/poem-sweet-potato-elegy.

"Losing Track of the Conversation." (Poem.) Dunes Review, vol. 22, no. 1, Spring/Summer 2018, pp. 47-8.

Three poems. ("Soot of a Young Star," "Retting," and "Little Deaths.") Narrative Northeast, "Eco Issue," no. 5, 2018, http://www.narrativenortheast.com/?p=5337.

"What was Precious." (Poem.) Valparaiso Poetry Review, vol. 19, no. 1, Fall/Winter 2017-2018, https://www.valpo.edu/valparaiso-poetry-review/2018/01/04/john-linstrom-what-was-precious/.

"On the President's Announcement of our Hashtag." (Poem.) This Week in Poetry, 9 November 2015, https://thisweekinpoetry.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/on-the-presidents-announcement-of-our-hashtag/.

"Fuckaroo!" (Narrative essay.) Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland, edited by Lance Sacknoff, et al., North Liberty, IA, Ice Cube, 2014, pp. 166-78.

"Out of State." (Poem.) Valparaiso Poetry Review, vol. 14, no. 2, Spring/Summer 2013, https://www.valpo.edu/vpr/v14n2/v14n2poetry/linstromout.php.

"Daedalus, Give Me the Farthest Distance between Two Points." (Poem.) The Reed, Spring 2009, p. 4.


Scholarships, Honors, And Awards

Inaugural Bailiwick Writer in Residence, AgArts Farm-to-Artist Residency Program, July-August 2018.

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 2020.

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

"Simon Pokagon, Chicago, and the 'Rebuke' of the Ogimawkwe Mitigwaki (Queen of the Woods)," special panel on "Environmental Activism on a Continuum: Wilderness, City, Place," 2019 Society for U.S. Intellectual History (S-USIH) Conference, New York, NY, November 7-10, 2019.

"Outlook to the Backgrounds: The Idiosyncratic Rhetoric and Spirituality of Liberty Hyde Bailey's Earth-Philosophy," special panel on "Religion and Agrarian Ecology in Liberty Hyde Bailey's 'Earth Philosophy,'" Ecology and Religion in 19th Century Studies Conference, Waco, Texas, September 18-21, 2019.

"Placing Literary Agrarianism in the Twentieth-Century Midwest," roundtable forum, Fifth Annual Midwestern History Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 30-31, 2019.

"Bodies, Zombies, and Grave Dirt: Vital Ontology and Cosmopolitical Potential in Zora Neale Hurston's Tell My Horse," Left Forum 2018, New York, New York, June 1-3, 2018.

"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, "From Pinks to 'Patron Saint of American Gardening': Liberty Hyde Bailey, The Gardener's Companion," special panel on The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's Companion: Essential Writings, Second Annual Bailey Conference, Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, Michigan, October 5, 2019.

Invited Lecture, "'The Garden Sentiment' and the 'Patron Saint of American Gardening': Why We Need Liberty Hyde Bailey Today," special panel on the launch of The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's Companion: Essential Writings, Cornell Botanic Gardens, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, September 15, 2019.

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 U., 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

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
CORE-UA 400: Texts and Ideas: Arts and Publics (Teaching Assistant to Bill Blake)
CORE-UA 400: Texts and Ideas: The System (Teaching Assistant to Clifford Siskin)
ENGL-UA 220: British Literature II (Teaching Assistant to Peter Nicholls and Paula McDowell)
ENGL-UA 230: American Literature I (Teaching Assistant to Jennifer Baker)
ENGL-UA 675: Literature and the Environment

VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY
LS 608: Graduate Writing and Research
Graduate Writing Center Tutor

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
ENGL 150: Critical Thinking and Communication
ENGL 207: Introduction to Creative Writing (Teaching Assistant to Debra Marquart)
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

Contest Judge, Wordfest, Critical Essay category, Valparaiso University, Spring 2019.
Contest Judge, inaugural Artivism (Art + Activism) Contest, The Lighter 64.2 (2018).
Contest Judge, Wordfest, Critical Essay category, Valparaiso University, Spring 2014.
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