Jennifer Ryan-Bryant received her M.A. in 2001 and her Ph.D. in 2004 from the University of Iowa. After teaching for a year at Grinnell College, she joined the Buffalo State faculty in 2005. She teaches courses in American poetry, the American novel, gender and sexuality in literature, graphic narratives, and African-American literature. Her book, Post-Jazz Poetics: A Social History, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010. She has also published articles on black poetics, service learning, literary representations of the blues singer Bessie Smith, African-American superhero comics, disability in Annie Proulx's The Shipping News, Wanda Coleman, Ezra Pound, Sonia Sanchez, and literary improvisation. She is currently at work on an archival study of revision and borrowing in the poetry of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, titled Bio-Poetics: The Shared Artistry of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. She is the Coordinator of the English MA program; her other service commitments include the College Senate Curriculum Committee, the African/African-American Studies Core Committee, the Women and Gender Studies Core Committee, several departmental committees, and manuscript reviews for various publishers.
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