Aaron Graham


Emory University, Atlanta, GA, Candidate for PhD in English, ABD, Expected May 2018; University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, MA in English Literature, May 2013, Cumulative GPA: 4.0.; University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, B.A. with Honors in English, August 2011, Cumulative GPA: 3.87 Major GPA: 3.84; Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA, A.A. with honors in international relations & political science, May 2006, GPA: 3.85.; Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA, Marine Corps Arabic Language Course / Human Intelligence/ATFP, 2005, NAM Award.; Sheridan College, Sheridan, WY. Triple Major: International Relations/Political Science/Philosophy. July 2004. GPA: 3.65.

Research Interests:

  • Poetics
  • 20c British Poetry
  • 20c American Poetry
  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Philosophy of Literature
  • War Literature
  • Arabic Language
  • Poetry Translation
  • Trauma Studies
  • Oscar Wilde
  • T.S. Eliot

Publications, Presentations, and Awards:

(2017) Tupelo Press 30/30 Poet for April
(2017) Blood Stripes National Finalist for Palooka Press Chapbook Prize
(2017) Patriot, a lyric appeared in July’s Scalawag: A Journal of the South
(2017) Separation Pay appeared in May’s Scalawag: A Journal of the South
(2017) Blood Stripes f(r)iction Poetry Contest Winner (2017) And Other Nightmares Taos international Journal of Poetry
(2016) Olfaction, Seven Hills Literary Journal and Penumbra Poetry Prize winner.
(2016). Hometown Hero, Luminaire Award National Finalist.
(2016). Mythos/Deployment. Sequestrum New Writer Awards.
(2016). Gethsemane. Cleaver Magazine.
(2016). Footfalls Sequestrum New Writer Awards. (2016). Olfaction. Tethered by Letters 2016 Poetry Contest Finalist.
(2015). Blood Stripes. Finalist for Tupelo Press’s Berkshire Poetry Prize.
(2015). PTSD Poem #12. SAND: Berlin’s Premiere Journal of Literary Arts.
(2015). The Situation on the Ground; The Tishman Review Vol. 2. No. 3.
(2015). Spirit of a Solstice. f(r)iction Literary Magazine.
(2015). Ode to MRE No. 8. Finalist Tishman Review 2015 Poetry Contest.
(2015). Death is a Midnight Runner. Alternating Current Luminaire Award Finalist.
(2015). Abiit Iam et Reverti Debet. Veterans’ Writing Project.
(2015). Ode to a Wishing Well. Print Oriented Bastards.
(2015) Funeral Pyre. Digging Through the Fat. Vol. 9 No. 1.
(2014). #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS. YSU Journal of Literary Arts.
(2013). "By the Waters of the Susquehanna, I aid Down and Wept: The Trauma of Removal in Mary Rowlandson’s The Sovereignty and Goodness of God," Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism: Vol. 6: Iss. 1, Article 7.
(2013). “Any Man Has To, Wants To / Once In A Lifetime, Do A Girl In”: Violent Implications of Sexual Desire in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. Writing the Combat Veteran’s Experience in Academia (lecture & poetry reading followed by a roundtable discussion S.P.A.C.E. Conference Dunwoody, GA

(2017) Named Cecelia Baker Memorial Fellow for the 2016 Seaside Writers Conference for the Manuscript of Blood Stripes.
(May 2016) “Veterans’ Poetry and Other Creative Art’s Establishment of a Dialogic Space Proving Palliative Treatment for Traumatic Lucid Flashbacks and its Basis in Cognitive Neuro Scientific Principles;” Squaw Valley Community of Poets (SVP); Lake Tahoe, NV.

(May 2014) “As a Tapestry, ‘Hemmed in’ but Coming Undone at the Seams: Mary Rowlandson’s Weaving of Parallel Traumatic Narratives in The Sovereignty and Goodness of God.” American Literature Association’s 25th Annual Conference. Boston, MA.
(October 2014) “’Any Man Wants to… Once in a Lifetime, Do a Girl in’: The Traumatized Feminine Subject in A Game of Chess”; Popular Culture Association in the South & American Culture Association in the South (PCAS/ACAS); Savannah, GA.
(October 2013) “The Passage to India by Way of Denmark: Finding a Philosophic Language for the Paradoxical”. Special Panel “Eliot and Asia” T.S. Eliot Society Conference; St. Louis, MO.
(September 2013) “‘Tangled up in Blue’: Disney’s Captivity Narrative” The 34th Annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference. Albuquerque, NM.
(March 2013) “Conjuring an Ephemeral Sibyl: Allusion as Erasure and Memorial in Eliot’s Early Epigraphs.” Re/Inventions UC Long Beach, Los Angeles, CA.
(April 2013) “Memorializing an Impossible Return: The Trauma of Removal in Early American Captivity Narrative.” “Borderless Identities Graduate Conference;” Kansas State University; Manhattan, KS.
(April 2013) “A Desire for the Undone: The Feminine Body in Eliot’s The Wasteland” 2 nd Annual (Anti)Foundations Conference; Duquesne University; Pittsburgh, PA. (March 2013)


adgrah5@emory.edu, agraha88@kennesaw.edu


Poetry Editor for Muse /A Journal (2017) http://www.museajournal.com/ Assistant Poetry Editor for The Tishman Review (2016-present) http://www.thetishmanreview.com/ Editor of the 2017 Squaw Valley Poetry Review https://communityofwriters.org/workshops/poetry-workshop/