Sebastien is a first-year poetry candidate in the MFA from Dexter, Michigan. His interests include nature poetry, hiking, mushroom hunting, and Victorian literature. His work has been published in the RC Review and the Michigan Daily. He is a 2021 Hopwood Undergraduate Poetry winner at the University of Michigan.
Poetry and Poetics
I am a first-year master’s student from Osaka, Japan, with a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. My undergraduate thesis focuses on Virginia Woolf’s stylistic and symbolic incorporation of the pictorial in Jacob’s Room and To the Lighthouse. At UVA, I am interested in exploring how modernist and contemporary novels portray ordinary experiences, and how they interact with visual media in their formal experimentation. Other areas of interest include critical perspectives on everyday life, and contemporary novelists’ negotiations of high modernist methods and ideals.
My interests are in early modern philosophy and literature, philosophy of religion and poetics.
My research and academic interests span American literature and culture from the mid-nineteenth century to the early-twentieth century. I’m particularly interested in intersections between American and Russian literatures, spaces, and people, and usually engage these textual and geographic intersections through transnational, environmental, and archipelagic frameworks. My work on Russian American literary, cultural, and environmental exchange has appeared both at academic conferences and in peer-reviewed publications.
I graduated with a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. Before that I was a teaching artist in California. Current interests include narrative theory, affect studies, print culture, and 19th c. American and British literature
My current research interests lie at an intersection between labor, ecology, gender, and physical embodiment. My dissertation, as yet untitled, focuses on the ways in which masculinities are constructed, tested, and imprinted on the environment in the poetry of Robert Frost, Seamus Heaney, and James Wright. I am also a poet and a memoirist.