Steel Wagstaff

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I’m Steel Wagstaff, a poet, literary scholar, librarian, web designer, and educational technology consultant.

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I currently work as an Instructional Technology Consultant for Learning Support Services in the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

I’m also a dissertator in the literary studies branch of the English department at UW-Madison, where I’ve earned Master’s degrees in Library and Information Studies and English (Literary Studies with an emphasis in Creative Writing). In 2011, I completed a three-field preliminary examination (20th Century American Poetry, 20th Century North American Prose, and Environmental Criticism & Theory) and am now writing a dissertation focusing on the writing of several “Objectivist” poets (Lorine Niedecker, George Oppen, Louis Zukofsky, William Carlos Williams, Charles Reznikoff, Basil Bunting, and Carl Rakosi). I'm also deeply interested in the future of the library as well as the creation, development, and maintenance of digital archives, tools, and research practices.

I’ve previously worked as a consultant in UW-Madison’s DesignLab, as the Assistant Director of UW-Madison’s English 100 program (“Introduction to College Composition”), as a teaching assistant and instructor for literature and writing courses, and as a land surveyor. I write poetry and facilitate a weekly poetry workshop at Oakhill Correctional Institution as part of the Writers in Prisons Project. I live in Madison, Wisconsin with my wife, the poet Laurel Bastian.

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