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I recently completed my Ph. D. in English at Northwestern University. My research focuses on contemporary African poetry, with  emphases on performance, audience formation and response, new media, and the politics of speech, including language policy and political rhetoric. I am generally interested in how changing media platforms and global institutions influence the relationship between poetic form and aesthetic networks. My dissertation project, “Viral Verses: Poetic Movements and Social Media in Southeastern Africa,” examines how poets, arts organizers, and community members make, publish, and interact with poetry across online and digital spaces in MalawiSouth Africa, and Zimbabwe. I argue that poetry forms a bridge between digital movement and grounded action to offer new opportunities for community organizing.

I am committed to scholarship and the arts within and beyond the classroom. At Northwestern, I teach courses on literature and politics, run the Graduate Student Digital Humanities Pedagogy Workshop, and have organized arts events and conferences.

I will join the Department of English at the College of Wooster as Assistant Professor of World Anglophone Literatures in Fall 2019. .

Get in touch with me at slsacks@u.northwestern.edu.