Amy Paeth

Amy Paeth is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania (AB, English and creative writing, Princeton University [2008]; MA, English, University of Pennsylvania [2010]). She works on twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature; sociologies of literature; and contemporary poetry and hip-hop in popular culture. Her in-progress dissertation, “State Verse Culture: American Poets Laureate, 1945-2005,” examines the institutional production of national poetry after WWII, tracing the collaboration of federal bodies (the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State Department) with private nonprofit literary organizations (Poetry Society of America, MPA/the Poetry Foundation) and their patron legacies.