John Reder

Picture of John “Kimo” RedeR

Associate Professor


Office: N-799

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Phone: +1 (212) 776-7851

Kimo RedeR’ s research explores some of the outlying regions of (and intersections between) the neuropoetics of speaking and writing, the ongoing value of ecstatic and visionary states in our Age of Skepticism, the material conditions of meaning, and issues of alternative textuality. . A book-artist and experimental poet as well, his current projects include a maxim map of Manhattan, a symbolist micro-history of the human hand entitled The Ace of Pentagrams, and a collection of aphorisms, The Tower of Babel Tipped on Its Side Turns into a Tunnel of Love. His recent writings have appeared in Callaloo, Christianity and Literature, The Antioch Review, The Walt Whitman Quarterly, Semiotic Inquiry, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Jacket 2, The Routledge Companion to Food and Literature and elsewhere.


Countercultural Poetry (Open Field/Deep Image/Performance Prosody)

Synaesthesia/Neuroscience of Literacy

The Hermetic/Gnostic/Kabbalistic Tree of Life

Entheobotany and Consciousness Studies

Transcendentalism/Early American Utopian Communities

Pacific Rim Nature Writing

Conceptual Art/Fluxus

Post-Wittgenstein Semiotics



  • Ph.D. UCLA English  2009
  • M.A. UCLA   English  2005
  • B.A. UCLA     American Literature and Culture Summa cum laude 2002

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

Thinglore: An Animist’s Notebook

The Ace of Pentagrams: A Gnostic Neuropoetics of Our Human Hand

A Maxim-Map of Manhattan

Rogue Linguistics

The Tower of Babel Tipped on Its Side Turns into a Tunnel of Love


“‘Overlap and Interlace’: Thoreau’s Thawing Sandbank as Transgenic Artwork.” Recherches sémiotiques/Semiotic Inquiry. (Spring 2021)

 “‘Language is a Fruit the Skin of Which is Called Chatter’: Nathaniel Mackey’s Diasporic Tales of Diet-as-Dialect and Dialect-as-Drum.” Transnational Trills: Music, Politics and the Arts in the African and African Diaspora World. (Spring 2019, New York African Studies Association) pp. 261–283.

“The Plumbing, Pairing and Impeachment of Pruned Pineapples: A Medley of Notes on Wallace Stevens’ Assorted Fruits.” The Wallace Stevens Journal. (Fall 2018) pp. 251-263.

“Lipped Words to Chew Upon: Thoreau’s Dietary Dialects.” The Routledge Companion to Literature and Food. (April 2018) pp. 410-420.

“Whitman’s Metro-Poetic Lettrism: The Mannahatta Skyline as Sentence, Syntax, and Spell.” The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. Volume 35 Issue 1 (2017) pp. 88–114

“The Word Made Flesh Writ Edible: Emily Dickinson’s Micro-Eucharist of Crumb and Berry.” Christianity and Literature: The Sacramental Text Reconsidered. (June 2017) pp.520-533.

“The Ambrosia of Utterance: Oral Kinesis, Poetics, and Phonemic Flavor.” Culture, Gastronomy, and the Arts. (University of Toronto). May 2017. pp. 237-247.

“A P.S. to Genesis: Some Notes on Transgenic Bio-Art.” Twelve-Part Commentary Series in Jacket 2 (Kelly Writers House/University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2016)

“Thinking is Thinging: The Animist Urge in American Verse.” Mantis: A Journal of Poetry, Criticism & Translation (Stanford University). Issue 14, Spring 2016. pp. 283-297.

“Seeing Tongue, Tasting Eye: A Brief Survey of Words as Food in Global Poetics.” Transverse Journal (University of Toronto). Issue 15/Spring 2016. pp. 92-109.

“An Africa at Every Turn: Nathaniel Mackey’s Layered Landscapes and Puns of Place.” Antae Journal Vol. 3, No. 1 (University of Malta). Spring 2016. pp. 20-35.

“International and Interrogative: Pablo Neruda’s The Book of Questions in the Global (De-)Composition Classroom.” The Enquirer. Volume Twenty-Six (Fall 2019). pp. 54-60.

 “An Inventory of Proportions and Ratios”/ “Some Differences Between ‘Irony’ and ‘Paradox.’” Cloudbank. Summer 2018. pp. 32-33.

“The Rhetoric of a 3D Hologrammar.” Aaduna. April 2017.

“If Pablo Picasso Were Your Plastic Surgeon…”/ “Semiotics Sequence.” The Nomadic Journal, 2016 Edition.

 “History is to Time as Guacamole is to Avocado.” Lone Stars #83. July 2016.

 “The Book of ‘If’: An Inventory of Literary Conditionals.” Pomona Valley Review. PVR 10, July 2016. pp. 111-118.

“Ampersand & Ellipsis…” Symbiosis (University of Pennsylvania). April 2016. pp. 20-21.

“Crosstown Transit #’s 1-32 (from A Maxim-Map of Manhattan).” Mandala (University of Georgia). April 2016.

“The Book of Love Was Written by a Plume Undipped in Ink (A Heptameter Blues).” Brooklyn Voice, November 2014.

“Transcendentalism,” “Robinson Jeffers,” “Thoreau’s Walden,” and “Utopian Communities” in Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature (McFarland Press). 2013.

“Guido Reni” in The Milton Encyclopedia (Yale University Press). 2012.

“(Still Looking Forward to) Canto 121” Callaloo. Fall 2010.

“If a Poem’s Margins Could Be Modeled on a Coastline…” Ascent. Fall 2010.

“American Geo-Poetic” The Antioch Review, Spring 2010.

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