Archived News & Events


March 2015

Conference: CCCC

03/18/2015 | 1:30 - 5pm

700 S. Florida Ave., Tampa FL


Anna Sicari, M.P. Nolan and several colleagues from St. John's University are running a workshop: "Negotiations and Navigations of the New Doctoral Student" at the Conference on College Composition and Communication. We will be workshopping CVs, Dissertation Elevator Pitches, and more.


Conference: Memory in Action

03/28/2023 | 3:00pm

1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln U. PA


M.P. Nolan will be presenting her paper: “Reimagining the Role of the Poet: The Timeless Lesson of Modernist Writerly Identification” at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Conference: Memory in Action.


Throughout history, the Poet has been said to fulfill many roles. From Sidney’s concepts of the Poet as purveyor of moral edicts, and Shelley’s Romantic ideals of the Poet as emotive connector, to the modernist view of the Poet as “fragmentor,” this essay examines such past conceptions in order to redefine poetic purpose and highlight the Poet as teacher.


April 2015


Article PublishedPoetics & Catfishing

04/30/2015 (US) | 05/01 (AU)
Deakin University, Australia

M.P. Nolan's new article “Learning to Circumvent the Limitations of the Written Self: The Rhetorical Benefits of Poetic Fragmentation and Internet ‘Catfishing’” is published in Deakin University's peer reviewed Persona Studies Journal.


This essay draws a parallel between current internet culture and poetics, as the phenomenon of “catfishing” (or creating and portraying complex fictional identities through online profiles) parallels earlier Modernist acts of fragmentation through poetry. It argues that although their motives may differ considerably, both endeavors are useful rhetorical performances in that they provide a practical framework for circumventing common lingual identity traps.


March 2016

NeMLA Conference: Beyond the Monster

03/19 & 03/20/2016 | 10:30am & 1pm

Hartford, CT

M.P. Nolan will be co-chairing two roundtables titled Beyond the Monster: The Ethics of Fragmentation in the Long Nineteenth Century at the 2016 Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) conference with colleague Melissa Rampelli.

The roundtables are inkeeping with Nolan's research objectives and invites interdisciplinary approaches to reading fragmented identity in poetry, plays, art, and fiction of the long nineteenth-century, and explores how doubleness intersects with contemporaneous scientific, philosophical, and social concerns. 

Forthcoming Poems

Three of M.P. Nolan's Poems will be published in the Blue Door Quarterly Journal Vol. 2.1. The featured poems will be: "The Parrot (A Vision), "The Urgent Medics," and "The Claustrophobia of Now."

August 2016

M.P. Nolan's Poem "The Urgent Medics" (An Interview with Fernando Pessoa) was published in the Blue Door Quarterly Journal Vol. 2.1. The featured poem was originally part of Nolan's dissertation on writerly identity fragmentation. 

March 2017

NeMLA Conference: Woolf and the Romantics

03/26/2017 | 10:00am

Baltimore, MD


M.P. Nolan will be co-chairing a seminar on Woolf and the Romantics at the 2017 Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) conference where we will discuss the following:  

In what ways were Woolf’s ideas and forms building upon or working against Romantic literary and cultural sensibilities? Virginia Woolf consistently returned to England’s intellectual, cultural, and literary past as she grappled with legacies of nationalism, gender, and sexuality and their implications for consciousness and the subject. Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own shows us that she read the Romantic poets extensively, claiming Coleridge, Keats, Cowper, and Lamb as exemplary poets of the androgynous mind. With this seminar we seek to foster a rich dialogue around the relationship between Woolf’s fiction and non-fiction and Romanticism in lyricism and idea. Papers may touch on NeMLA’s 2017 theme of self, city, and (implied) nature; memory; fragmentation, or other interdisciplinary topics.

Essay Published
"Through the Wall"

Read M.P. Nolan's new personal essay in thread: 


"I had been the only English-speaking tenant in my building for almost five years when my New York story happened.

I remember that day in early spring when I walked to my tiny rent-controlled apartment in Chinatown to find two men standing rigidly, like posed mannequins on the stoop, on either side of the giant orange gate that served as the door to our building. No one ever hung out on those steps, so I knew they were cops of some kind even though they were in plain clothes..."

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