Professor Lisa Nell Samuels

Ph.D. in English, University of Virginia; M.A. in English, University of Virginia; B.A. in English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Postgraduate Adviser Master of Creative Writing
  • Anti M (creative nonfiction). Tucson: Chax Press, 2013.
  • Wild Dialectics (poetry). Bristol: Shearsman Books, 2012.

  • Gender City (poetry). Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2011.

  • Mama Mortality Corridos (poetry & drawings). Auckland: Holloway Press, 2010.

  • Tomorrowland (poetry). Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2009.

  • Throe (poetry chapbook). Norfolk: Oystercatcher Press, 2009.

  • The Invention of Culture (poetry). Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2008.  

  • Increment /a family romance (poetry chapbook). Milwaukee: Bronze Skull Press, 2006.

  • Paradise for Everyone (poetry). Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2005.

  • War Holdings (poetry chapbook). Columbus: Pavement Saw Press, 2003.

  • Editor. Anarchism Is Not Enough. By Laura Riding. An annotated critical edition. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.

  • The Seven Voices (poetry). Oakland: O Books, 1998.

  • Guest Editor. Special Issue, “Poetry and the Problem of Beauty.” Modern Language Studies 27.2, 1997. 

  • LETTERS (poetry chapbook). Buffalo: Meow Press, 1996. 

Research | Current

  • Poetry and poetics
  • Experimental critical practice and literary theory
  • Literary modernism
  • Contemporary innovative writing
  • Digital arts theory
  • Transcultural creative writing

Tender Girl. Experimental novel. 

Modernism Is Not Enough. Scholarly monograph manuscript: essays on modern and contemporary imaginative writing, critical practice, and literary theory. 

City of Dreams (invisible counter-monuments. Poetry manuscript.

A TransPacific Poetics. Collection co-edited with Sawako Nakayasu. Introduction and publisher research in process.

Work from Wild Dialectics (2012) being set to music by composer Frédéric Pattar for performance by ensemble and mezzo soprano. 

Teaching | Current

ENGLISH 222 Modern Poetry: Making it New

ENGLISH 323 Contemporary Poetry

ENGLISH 343 Writing Poetry

ENGLISH 769 Special Topic: Representing Imagining


40% research, 40% teaching, and 20% service

Areas of expertise

Poetry and poetics, experimental critical practice and literary theory, literary modernism, contemporary innovative writing, digital arts theory, transcultural creative writing

Committees/Professional groups/Services

President, Australia-New Zealand American Studies Association (ANZASA), 2014-; Vice President for New Zealand, 2010-2014

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Samuels, L. (2017). Bioautography and Carolee Schneemann's VULVA’S MORPHIA. Chicago Review, 60 (4), 154-174.
  • Samuels, L., & Nakayasu, S. (Eds.) (2017). A Transpacific Poetics (1st). USA: Litmus Press. Pages: 200. Related URL.
  • Samuels, L. (2017). Symphony for Human Transport. Pages: 76. Related URL.
  • Samuels, L. (2015). Tender Girl A Novel. Pages: 198.
  • Samuels, L. (2015). Over hear: Six types of poetry experiment in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Kāne'ohe, HI: Tinfish Press. Pages: 45.
  • Samuels, L. (2013). Anti M. USA: Chax Press. Pages: 122.
  • Samuels, L. (2012). Wild dialectics. UK: Shearsman Books. Pages: 82.
  • Samuels, L. N. Tomorrowland, 1/1/2012. [CD], (111m43s), .

Contact details

Primary office location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 6, Room 631
New Zealand

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