Biography

Jen(nifer E) Shook is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Mellon-funded Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry and Assistant Professor in English at Grinnell College. She holds a PhD in English and a Graduate Certificate in book history/book arts from the University of Iowa, as well as interdisciplinary humanities degrees from Swarthmore College and the University of Chicago. She has taught at The Theatre School at DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago, and the Newberry Library, among other places. She toured the Midwest as a Road Scholar talking about Lincoln in popular culture for the Illinois Humanities Council and worked as a dramaturg, director, and theatre producer in Chicago, where she founded Caffeine Theatre—a company that mined the poetic tradition to explore social questions (2002-2012). Her current work explores the relationship between performance, literature, and digital culture, particularly in promoting Native American artists’ reworkings of historical commemorations. Jen served for four years as Co-Director of Imagining America’s PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Engagement) Fellow Program, and sits on the editorial board of IA’s multimedia journal PUBLICShe has also recently dressed as the City of Literature for the Iowa City Carnaval, hosted a symposium on “Life After: Activist Memorials and Digital Collaboration,” and co-designed a number of very small shadow puppets. More about her at http://www.jenshook.com/ and @poeticsheretic