Maria Dikcis received her PhD in English from Northwestern University. She specializes in 20th- and 21st-century poetry and poetics, with research and teaching interests in Latinx, African American, and Asian American literatures, critical race studies, media aesthetics, and critical prison studies. Maria is currently a Continuing Studies Instructor at Northwestern and she serves as the Director of the Cook County Jail Partnership for the Northwestern Prison Education Program. Her full cv can be found at http://www.mariadikcis.com.


Ph.D. English, Northwestern University, 2021                                                      
M.A. Humanities, The University of Chicago, 2013                                    
B.A. English, summa cum laude, Loyola University Chicago, 2012                                  
B.S. Psychology, summa cum laude, Loyola University Chicago, 2012


Peer-Reviewed Article
“Gertrude Stein Learns to Code: Brian Kim Stefans’ Kluge: A Meditation and the Corruptibility of Modernist Form.” ASAP/Journal. (forthcoming; 8,000 words)

Chapter in Edited Volume

“Poetics of Transcultural Agency in 20th and 21st Century Ethnic American Poetry.” The Cambridge Companion to American Poetry and Politics Since 1900. Ed. Daniel Morris. (invited; in progress)

Reviews & Essays

Review of semiautomatic, by Evie Shockley. Chicago Review 62:4/63:1/2, The Black Arts Movement in Chicago (2019): 399-403.
“Panorama: Essays and Images From Life on the Rails—Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Photographs.” CB&Q: Building an Empire, An Archive from the Newberry Library. 2013.


Evie Shockley, Semiautomatic.” Contemporary Literary Criticism: Police Violence in Contemporary African American Literature. Ed. Simon C. Abramowitsch. Detroit, MI: Gale. (forthcoming 2021)

Selected Poetry

“The Unicorn in Captivity: 1:23am” and “Disbelief is Fertile.” Palimpsest: Yale Graduate Literary & Arts Magazine Vol. IX: TRANS[    ] (2019): 46-47.
“Happy Birthday.” Graze 7 (2016): 66-67.
“Station Briefly, the Seasons.” Colloquium: The First Two Years (An Anthology) (2014): 69-70.
“Woman at Her Toilette” and “Station Briefly, the Seasons.” Colloquium 2 (2013).
“Msot Wulod Jsut Say Tnahk You.” Diminuendo 14, no. 2 (2012): 20.


Editor-at-Large, Chicago Literary Archive (2021-present)

Founder and Facilitator, Critical Prison Studies Reading Group, Program in Critical Theory, Northwestern University (2019-2020)

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow and the Politics of Accumulative Collectivity,” Midwest Modern Language Association, 2021 (scheduled)

“Anti-Portraits of Ink and Earth: Kara Walker’s Silhouettes and Ana Mendieta’s Siluetas” (Presenter); 
“Earthly Imaginings: Machines, Media, Nature” (Panel Chair)
Cultural Studies Association, Columbia College Chicago, 2020 (Virtual)

“Turing Tests and Robot Love Poems: Technological Vulnerability in Franny Choi’s Soft Science and Margaret Rhee’s Love, Robot
American Comparative Literature Association, Chicago, 2020 (Canceled)

“Down and Dirty: Mimeography and DIY Activism of the Underground Press Revolution” (Presenter); “Doppelgängers, the Internet, and Pedagogy” (Panel Chair)
Midwest Modern Language Association, Loyola University Chicago, 2019

“In Print, Out of Bounds: Poetry of the Penal Press and the ‘Question’ of Creative Freedom”
American Studies Association, Honolulu, 2019
“All in a Day’s Werk: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs’ TwERK and the Performance of Racial Sonic Labor”
American Literature Association, African American Literature and Culture Society, Boston, 2019; Cultural Studies Association, Tulane University, 2019
“Printed Internets: Pseudo-autobiography and Digital Interruptions in 21st-century Multiethnic Poetry”
Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, University of Cincinnati, 2019
“Analog Internet: Pseudo-autobiography and the Poetics of Print Digitality in 21st-Century Multiethnic Writing”
Modern Language Association, Chicago, 2019
“Thinking Beyond Surfaces: Brian Kim Stefans’s Kluge: A Meditation and the Avatars of Gertrude Stein”
American Comparative Literature Association, University of California, Los Angeles, 2018
“Please Stay Tuned: The Televisual Poetics of Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric
Seminar in American Literature, The Newberry Library, Chicago, 2018
“Being ‘Online’: Provisional Identities and Digital Representation in Mónica de la Torre’s Public Domain and Trisha Low’s The Compleat Purge
Media and Historiography Conference, Radio/Television/Film Department, Northwestern University, Evanston, 2017
“Queer Sexual Politics and the Erotics of Wordplay in Harryette Mullen’s Sleeping with the Dictionary
Graduate Colloquium, Department of English, Northwestern University, Evanston, 2017
“Thinking Beyond Surfaces: Brian Kim Stefans’s Kluge: A Meditation, Gertrude Stein’s ‘Continuous Present,’ and the Corruptibility of Time”
Graduate Conference, Department of English Language and Literature, The University of Chicago, 2016
“The Erotics of Wordplay: Linguistic Jouissance and Alternative Sexual Politics in Harryette Mullen’s Sleeping with the Dictionary
Summer Institute Cologne, University of Cologne, Germany, 2016
“‘Further and further inside, the certitude of absence’: Liminality, (Non)presence, and the Poetics of Embodiment in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee
Poetry & Poetics Symposium, The University of Chicago, 2013


Modern Language Association, Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, American Comparative Literature Association, Society for Cinema and Media Studies

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