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Writing Program

Isabel Sobral Campos

Associate Teaching Professor in English

Isabel Sobral Campos’ current research examines the intersection of poetry, visual culture, and ecocriticism. In particular, she is interested in how poems listen to the environment and how images in poems become imprints, tracks that lead readers to what was experienced, listened to, testifying to what remains. As a poet, she is fascinated by the obliqueness of the autobiographical, which translates into how we exist in and for others. As a teacher,she is committed to fostering community literacy in its many forms, and to bringing writing, reading, and literature to uncanny places. She is the co-founder of the Sputnik & Fizzle book series, a venture that aims to publish lectures from artists and scholars on issues related to art practice. Sobral Campos has recently begun her first translation project—a book by the Portuguese experimental writer and visual artist, Salette Tavares.

Academic Publications:

— Ecopoetics and the Global Landscape: Critical Essays, edited by Isabel Sobral Campos. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2019.

“Emily Dickinson’s Pressed Flowers as Poems or Poems as Floral Still Lifes.” Textual Cultures Texts, Context, Interpretation. Forthcoming.

“The Ecology of Kandinsky’s Abstraction: A Trembling World of Beings and Things.” Symplokē, vol. 26, no. 1-2, 2018, pp. 237-250.

“Nature’s Deterioration: Pascal’s Experiments with the Vacuum Revisited.” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (ISLE), vol. 25, no. 2, 2018, pp. 238–256.

“The Haunted House of Nature—Immanence’s Infinity.” The Emily Dickinson Journal, vol 25, no.1, 2016, pp. 57-82.

“Futureless Invention: Frampton’s Finite-Infinite Film.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video, vol. 33, no. 3, 2016, pp. 1-21.

“Grimonprez’s Chimera.” Evental Aesthetics, vol. 1, no. 2, 2012, pp. 81-87.

“Introduction: Trans-National Ecopoetics.” Ecopoetics and the Global Landscape: Critical Essays, edited by Isabel Sobral Campos. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2019, pp. ix-xvii.

“The Ecology of Metaphor: Will Alexander’s Exobiology as Goddess.” Ecopoetics and the Global Landscape: Critical Essays, edited by Isabel Sobral Campos. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2019, pp. 225-252.



— How to Make Words of Rubble. Blue Figure Press, 2020.

–Your Person Doesn’t Belong to You. Milwaukee: Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2018.

–Autobiographical Ecology. Ottawa, Canada: Above/Ground Press, 2019.

–You Will Be Made of Stone. Chicago: Dancing Girl Press, 2018.

–Material. New York: No Dear/Small Anchor Press, 2015.

“If selves are thoughts.” in BAX2018: Best American Experimental Writing. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2018.

Related Schools & Departments


Course catalog
  • Offers writing instruction for students in the College of Engineering and the College of Computer and Information Science. Students practice and reflect on writing in professional, public, and academic genres—such as technical reports, progress reports, proposals, instructions, presentations, and technical reviews—relevant to technical professions and individual student goals. In a workshop setting, offers students an opportunity to evaluate a wide variety of sources and develop expertise in audience analysis, critical research, peer review, and revision.

  • Creative Writing

    ENGL 2700

    Gives the developing writer an opportunity to practice writing various forms of both poetry and prose. Features in-class discussion of student work.

  • Introduces students to the ancient and classical literatures of Greece, Rome, and the eastern Mediterranean, as well as other premodern literatures in translation.