Steven R. Evans

Associate Professor of English
New Writing Series Coordinator

5752 Neville Hall, Room 304A
Orono, Maine 04469-5752 U.S.A.
Office Telephone: 207.581.3823

Office Hours

On Sabbatical, AY22-23


PhD, Brown University, 2000
BA, University of California, 1988

Research Interests

Contemporary poetry and poetics, critical theory, modernism, and the avant-garde.

Experience at the University of Maine

I joined the English Department faculty at the University of Maine as an assistant professor in 1999 and received tenure in 2005. I have coordinated the New Writing Series since 1999 and been administrative director of the National Poetry Foundation since 2009. After stints as coordinator of undergraduate (2004-2006) and graduate studies (2007-2011), I became department chair in 2017. In 2014 I received the Outstanding Faculty Award for Service and Outreach, University of Maine College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, 2014.

Courses Taught


ENG 529 Listen! American Poetry in the Age of the MP3

ENG 570 Critical Theory – A Science of the Singular? Roland Barthes and the Desire for Theory

ENG 570 Critical Theory – The German Tradition from Hegel to Adorno

ENG 580 Topics in Poetry and Poetics – Introduction to Poetics

ENG 580 Topics in Poetry and Poetics – The Poetics of the Phonotext: Timbre, Text, and Technology

ENG 649 Seminar in Modern and Postmodern American Poetry – After Patriarchal Poetry? Feminism, Gender, and the Avant-Garde in 20th-Century American Poetry


ENG 481 Topics in Women’s Literature – Feminist and Avant-Garde Poetries of the 1970s

ENG 470 Topics in Literary Theory and Criticism – Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit & Its Readers

ENG 470 Topics in Literary Theory and Criticism: The Moment of Tel Quel

ENG 446 American Poetry

ENG 440 Major American Writers: Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, & Louis Zukofsky

ENG 429 Topics in Literature – Listen! Poetry in the Age of the MP3

ENG 429 Topics in Literature – The Vital Word

ENG 271 The Act of Interpretation

ENG 170 Foundations of Literary Analysis

Writing, Editing, Programming

Edited volume: After Patriarchal Poetry: Feminism and the Contemporary Avant-Garde, differences 12.2 (2001)

Articles in: The Poker, Aerial, Poetics Journal, Qui Parle and other journals

Contributing editor, The Poker