Dr. Lytle Shaw

I am a writer with particular interests in poetry, philosophy and art.  I studied architecture at Cornell before graduating in literature.  My PhD from University of California, Berkeley became the book Frank O’Hara: The Poetics of Coterie (2006), which tracks interactions between postwar poetry and art while theorizing O’Hara’s model of coterie as a paradoxically democratic mode of writing.  Fieldworks: From Place to Site in Postwar Poetics (2013) considers poets including Williams, Olson, Baraka and Mayer as experimental ethnographers and historiansA collection of recent art essays is forthcoming as Specimen Box.  Written for institutions including DIA Center, Reina Sofia, De Hallen, and Whitechapel, these essays track the changing terms of institution critique over the last 25 years.  I am a contributing editor for Cabinet magazine and an associate professor of English at New York University.  At SAUL I teach two theory modules: radical description and experimental research.

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