Curriculum Vitae

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John Linstrom

MacCracken Fellow, New York University | Series Editor, The Liberty Hyde Bailey Library
NYU English Department, 244 Greene St., New York, NY 10003
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Ph.D., English and American Literature, New York University, anticipated graduation 2020.
Dissertation (in progress): Land, Labor, Literature: Ecospheric Critique from the Margins of the Progressive Era - 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: "Thoreauvian Relinquishment and Whitmanesque Superfluity: Towards an Ecocritical Reconciliation" – director: Dr. Martin Buinicki

Dissertation Synopsis

Land, Labor, Literature: Ecospheric Critique from the Margins of the Progressive Era recovers a set of marginalized American literary traditions—agrarian, indigenous, and diasporic—in their critical engagements with land and labor to complicate progressivist assumptions about twentieth-century ecological awareness and action. The authors from this period whom I consider, including agrarian educational reformer Liberty Hyde Bailey, Potawatomi chief Simon Pokagon, and literary ethnographer of Black diaspora Zora Neale Hurston, each navigate the terrain of scientific modernity from positions informed by cultural traditions that root themselves in what I call "fieldwork," a category of labor that secures subsistence from the land, and through which the land itself communicates ecospheric cosmologies resistant to imperialist exploitation in the writings of these authors. Ecospheric theory, then, emerges from practice like a bud from a branch—they are of the same substance—and I pose this theory as an intervention into current ecospheric discourse.

Research and Teaching Interests

Environmental Humanities and Ecocriticism, Public and Digital Humanities, Modern and Contemporary American Literatures (especially African American, Native American, and agrarian literatures, among others), Creative Writing (including Poetry and Poetics, Creative Nonfiction, and Narrative Writing), Cultural Studies, Textual Scholarship, Museum Studies, and Writing for Nonprofits

Professional History

Graduate Adjunct Instructor, English, New York University, New York, NY, May-June 2018.
Teaching Assistant, English/Core, New York University, New York, NY, August 2016-December 2018.
Adjunct Instructor, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, January-May 2014.
Executive Director, Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, MI, September 2012-August 2014.
Graduate Adjunct Instructor, English, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, August 2010-May 2013.
Curator, Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, MI, April 2012-September 2012.


Book Series and Editions

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Library. John Linstrom, series editor. Ithaca, NY, Comstock-Cornell UP. [Two volumes currently under review.]

Bailey, Liberty Hyde. The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's Companion: Essential Writings. Edited by John A. Stempien and John Linstrom, Ithaca, NY, Comstock-Cornell UP, 2019 [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 Articles and Chapters

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.

Digital Scholarship

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Project. Designed, maintained, and edited by John Linstrom, 2020-present, www.lhbaileyproject.com.

Exhibitions Curated

Marvels at Our Feet: The Gardener's Companion. Digital exhibition, co-curated with John A. Stempien. The Liberty Hyde Bailey Project, September 2020-present, www.lhbaileyproject.com/exhibitions/marvels-at-our-feet/introduction.

Learn, Labor, Leisure: The Life of Liberty Hyde Bailey. Co-curated with Lauren Denny, née Pawlak. Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, Michigan, August 2012-June 2017.

The Holy Earth Centennial: Bailey’s Vision at 100. Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, Michigan, July-November 2015.

Onamanni: Bailey in the Boundary Waters. Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, Michigan, July-August 2014.

Star of the Lake: Legacy of a Pioneer Farmer and Master Mason. Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, Michigan, June-August 2013.

Creative Nonfiction

"Remap." The Antioch Review, vol. 78, no. 1, winter 2020, pp. 72-88.

“Symphonies and Sweet Potatoes.” Newfound, vol. 10, no. 2, https://newfound.org/current-issue/nonfiction-john-linstrom/.

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


Four poems, Commonweal Magazine, print and web (forthcoming).

"Liturgy of Next Door." Roanoke Review, 2020, https://www.roanokereview.org/poetry2020/john-linstrom.

"Dianthus Clavelina, Sprout!" The Citron Review, vol. 10, summer 2020, https://citronreview.com/2020/06/21/dianthus-clavelina-sprout/.

"Pumpkin on the Porch." Atlanta Review, vol. 26, no. 2, 2020, p. 27 and http://atlantareview.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Atlanta-Review-Spring-2020-04.30.20.pdf.

"Notes from an Epicenter." Writers Resist, "The Viral Resistance Issue," no. 107, 2 April 2020, http://www.writersresist.com/2020/04/02/notes-from-an-epicenter/.

"Snow-Bound." The New Criterion, vol. 38, no. 6, February 2020, p. 30 and https://newcriterion.com/issues/2020/2/snow-bound.

"To My Father, on the Table, Several States Away." North American Review, "Open Space" online feature, 24 December 2019, https://northamericanreview.org/open-space/my-father-table-several-states-away.

"Earth Room." About Place, "Infinite Country" issue, vol. 5, no. 4, Oct. 2019, https://aboutplacejournal.org/issues/infinite-country/east-rebirth/john-linstrom/.

"Disclaimer." Vallum: Contemporary Poetry, "Fear" issue, vol. 16, no. 2, 2019, p. 62.

"On the President's Announcement of Our Hashtag." Writers Resist, no. 95, 19 September 2019, http://www.writersresist.com/2019/09/19/on-the-presidents-announcement-of-our-hashtag/. Previously appeared in This Week in Poetry, 9 November 2015, https://thisweekinpoetry.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/on-the-presidents-announcement-of-our-hashtag/.

"Storm's Breath." Free State Review, no. 11, Late Summer / Early Fall 2019, p. 48.

"Blueshift." Cold Mountain Review, vol. 47, no. 2, Spring/Summer 2019, print and https://www.coldmountainreview.org/issues/spring-summer-2019/blueshift-by-john-linstrom.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Sweet Potato Elegy." 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." 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." 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." This Week in Poetry, 9 November 2015, https://thisweekinpoetry.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/on-the-presidents-announcement-of-our-hashtag/.

"Out of State." 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." The Reed, Spring 2009, p. 4.

Works in Progress

“Simon Pokagon, Indigenous Fieldwork, and the ‘Rebuke’ of the Queen of the Woods.”

“Bodies, Zombies, and Grave Dirt: Vital Ontology and Cosmopolitical Potential in Zora Neale Hurston’s Tell My Horse.”

Thresholds, a research-based creative nonfiction manuscript about Liberty Hyde Bailey, the small hometown in Michigan that he and I shared 130 years apart, and the ecopsheric ramifications of the American small-town diaspora.

Ghostwork, a poetry manuscript exploring the aesthetics/ethics of care and stewardship in the small-town Midwest and in my family's rural immigrant history across that landscape.

Scholarships, Honors, and Awards

Selected as one of five fellows for the inaugural year of the NYU Public Humanities Initiative in the role of Public Humanities Fellow, Museum of the City of New York, September 2020-May 2021.

Best of the Net nomination, The Citron Review for "Dianthus Clavelina, Sprout!" (poem), September 2020.

Brine Internship in Digital Humanities, Polonsky Foundation-NYU Digital Humanities Internship Program, New York U., May-August 2020. Project website www.lhbaileyproject.com.

Full Tuition Scholarship, T. S. Eliot International Summer School, U. of London, July 2020. (Postponed to July 2021 due to the coronavirus.)

MacCracken Doctoral Fellowship, Graduate Program in Arts and Science, New York U., August 2014-May 2019; renewed September 2019-May 2020.

Pushcart Prize nomination, Narrative Northeast for “Soot of a Young Star” (poem), January 2019.

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.

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.

Lutheran Leader Intern Scholarship, Valparaiso U., August 2006-May 2010.

Vivace Scholarship for vocal music performance, Valparaiso U., August 2006-May 2010.

Induction into Phi Beta Kappa National Academic Honor Society, 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.

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.

Prahl Scholarship, English Department, 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.

Conference Papers

“‘Windigo Research’ and the Queen of the Woods: Simon Pokagon's Answer to the Settler Cannibal Threat in O-gî-mäw-kwě Mit-i-gwä-kî,” presentation for the seminar on “Survivance: New Approaches to Indigenous Voices in 19th-Century America,” Sixth Biennial Conference of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, online (pandemic), October 16-25, 2020.

With Kimberly Adams, "Public Drive: Land-Grant Institutions and Access in American Education," Fourth Annual Post-Human Network (PHuN) Meeting, Tempe, AZ, February 21-22, 2020.

"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

“Liberty Hyde Bailey: New Agrarian Philosopher and “Patron Saint” of American Gardening,” monthly lecture series for Wild Ones: Native Plants and Natural Landscapes, River City-Grand Rapids Area Chapter (Michigan), online (pandemic), October 19, 2020.

Keynote address: "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.

"'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.

"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.

"'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.

"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.

Readings of Creative Work

Vallum: Contemporary Poetry issue launch, International Art Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY, September 22, 2019.

Home Voices Alumni Festival, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, January 27, 2019.

Dunes Review issue launch, Traverse City, MI, April 22, 2018.

Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland launch, AWP offsite event, St. Paul, MN, April 9, 2015.

MFA Thesis Festival Reading, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, May 11, 2013.

Emergine Writers Reading Series, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Fall 2012.

Teaching Experience

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

LS 608: Graduate Writing and Research
Graduate Writing Center Tutor

ENGL 150: Critical Thinking and Communication
ENGL 207: Introduction to Creative Writing (Teaching Assistant to Dean Bakopoulos)
ENGL 250: Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition; Place-Based Composition
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Creative Nonfiction Writing (co-taught with Debra Marquart)

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.

Professional Service

Nonfiction Reader, The Best of the Net Anthology, Sundress Publications, Fall 2020.
Peer reviewer (scholarly article), ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Summer 2020.
Contest Judge, Wordfest, Critical Essay category, Valparaiso University, Spring 2019.
Contest Judge, inaugural Artivism (Art + Activism) Contest, The Lighter 64.2 (2018).
Literary Director, AgArts NYC Collective, May 2016-May 2017.
Contest Judge, Wordfest, Critical Essay category, Valparaiso University, Spring 2014.
Nonfiction Editor, Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, Iowa State University, August 2010-May 2012.
Curatorial Intern, Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, Michigan, May 2011-August 2011.

Professional Memberships

Academy of American Poets
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
Association of Writers and Poets (AWP)
C19: The Society for Nineteenth-Century Americanists
Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Mortar Board, national academic honor society
Phi Beta Kappa, national academic honor society
Sigma Tau Delta, English honor society

References available upon request.