Clarissa Castaneda

B.A. in Literature, Loyala Marymount University, 2003
M.A. in Literature and Creative Writing (Poetry), Claremont Graduate University, 2012
Clarissa’s CV


Professor Steven Gould Axelrod (UCR), Committee Chair
Professor Rafael Pérez-Torres (UCLA), Area Director
Professor Robb Hernandez (UCR), Area Director
Professor Frederick Moten (UCR), Committee Member
Professor Marguerite Waller (UCR), Committee Member

Research Areas:

20th & 21st Century Poetry (Research Topic)
Fringe Narratives of the Americas (Major Period/Area)
Archive Theory & Digital Culture (Minor Period/Theoretical Field)

Modern and Postmodern Poetry of the Americas, Italian Poetry, Latin American Poetry, Text as Artifact, Intertextual and Intersemiotic Texts, Writers in Exile

Research Interests:

My research interests include Latin American and Native American poetics; modern and postmodern poetry; fringe narratives; hybrid texts; and intertextual relationships between art mediums. My research is guided by the theoretical frameworks of border-consciousness, mestizaje, survivance, and the text as a space for re-membering. I am interested in scholarship related to form and symbolism, memory in relation to ephemera and the body, archival practice and theory, and social justice. Rather than limit my work to a particular time period, geographic area, or art-type, my interests are predicated on moments of sociocultural relativity.

Recent Activity:

Blog on Poetry and Art –

“The Light at the End of the Tunnel is Just the Light of An Oncoming Train”


“Archival Principles, Performative Flowerings and Counterpoint in Ben Jonson’s

Masques.” The Ben Jonson Journal. May 2014

Conference Papers –

“Native American Literary Transpositions of Poetic Form.” PAMLA. Pasadena, CA,November 2016.

“American Counter-Culture and Border Voices in Tune.” (dis)junctions. University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA, October 2016.

“The Contemporary Jewish Archive: Re-Membering Through Narrative.” PAMLA. Portland, Oregon, November 2015.

“Poetics Americana and Indigeneity: From Whitman, to Ginsberg, to Anzaldua.” (dis)junctions. University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA, November 2015.

“Let Us Now Praise Famous Men”: A Modernist Mass for the Disenfranchised.”(dis)junctions. University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA, April 2014.

“Cervantes, Cruz, Harjo and Silko: Postmodern Poetics and Shades of a Latin American-Native American Ethos.” (dis)junctions. University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA, April 2013.

Poetry –

“Il Maestro.” L.A. Miscellany Volume 53

“Beneath the Surface.” L.A. Miscellany Volume 53

“The Chapel.” Selected by Claremont Graduate University for submission to the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Intro Journals Literary Competition (2011)

Service –

Associate Editor, Foothill: A Journal of Poetry (2011-present)