English and Creative Writing

Benjamin Goluboff

Ben Goluboff

Professor of English



American literature


PhD University of Pennsylvania
MA University of Pennsylvania
BA New York University

Courses Taught

English 204 Nineteenth-Century American Literature
English 206 American Environmental Literature
English 224 Literature of the Vietnam War
English 403 Emily Dickinson

Scholarship and Criticism

" Rewilding: Regional, Teachable ." Literary Matters, 13.2, 2021.

" John Balaban's Empires: The Poetry of Witness ," Literary Matters, 12:3, (Spring/Summer) 2020. 

“D.A. Lockhart and the Poetry of the Canadian Indigenous,”  South Dakota Review, 54.3&4, 2019.

Michael Heller’s  Dianoia: A Briefing,  Jacket2  Fall 2018. 

With Glenn Adelson, “Emily Dickinson’s ‘Arctic flower’: Boreal Relicts and the Botanical Imagination,”  Pennsylvania English, 39.1, (2017): 7-16. 

Edited with Ioana Cornea ’16,  Two Short Plays by Kenneth Sawyer Goodman: The Wonder Hat and Back of the Yards.  Lake Forest College Press, 2016. 

“The Vietnam War: A Very Short History” in  Approaches to Teaching the Work of Tim O’Brien. New York: Modern Language Association, 2010. Purchase the book on  Amazon.com

“Michael Heller in Theory and Practice,”  Notre Dame Review 22 (2006): 216-220.

“Tim O’Brien’s Quang Ngai,”  American Notes and Queries 17.2 (2004): 53-58.

‘If Madonna Be’: Emily Dickinson and Roman Catholicism,” New England Quarterly 73.3 (2000): 355-385.

“The Carnival Artist in the Cuckoo’s Nest,” in  The Viking Critical Edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, ed. John Clark Pratt. New York: Penguin, 1996. Reprinted from  Northwest Review 29.3 (1991): 109-122.

“‘A Virtuoso’s Collection:’ Hawthorne, History, and the Wandering Jew,”  Nathaniel Hawthorne Review 21.1 (1995): 14-25.

“Strategies of Allusion in Poetry of the Vietnam War,”  Journal of American Culture 16.3 (1993): 15-19.

Problems of the Picturesque: Nineteenth-Century American Travelers in Britain,”  New Orleans Review 18.2 (1991): 5-16.

‘Latent Preparedness:’ Allusions in American Travel Literature on Britain,”  American Studies 31.1 (1990): 65-82.

“Emerson’s English Traits: ‘The Mechanics of Conversation.’”  American Transcendental Quarterly n.s. 3.2 (1989): 153-167.

Creative Work

Man Ray Plays the Patronage Variations Upon Peggy Guggenheim,” Open: A Journal of Arts and Letters, January 20, 2024.

Berenice Abbott Photographs Peggy Guggenheim,” Open: A Journal of Arts and Letters, January 19, 2024.

An Evening with Law Enforcement Officers in New Castle, Delaware, 1958” and “Thelonious Monk Retired to Weehawken, N.J. c. 1977”. Bear Paw Arts Journal, Issue 1, fall 2023. (With Mark Luebbers)

The Opioid Epidemic on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.” River Mouth Review, Issue 14, Fall 2023.

Danny Lyon (American b.1942) ‘Self Portrait in Susquehanna Hotel, Third-Floor Room with Grass,” New York 1967.’ Gelatin Silver Print” and  “Danny Lyon Rides with the Cossacks,” and  “Danny Lyon (American b. 1942) ‘Demolition Men’s Headquarters, 38 Ferry St.. 1967’ Gelatin Silver Print.” Misfit Magazine no 38, Winter, 2023.

The Ghost Church of Pilsen: A Lyric Essay,”  Red Noise Collective, Winter 2023.

" Moe Asch Records Sterling Brown Reading 'Ma Rainey,' and is Deceived. Early 1940s," Taint Taint Taint, Summer 2022.

" Chicago Bikers," The Rush, Spring 2022.

National Prose Month” and " Zen and the Music of Earth Wind and Fire," The Elevation Review, Spring 2022.

" Window Kill,"  Red Ogre Review,  March 2022.

When it Ends: A Ten-Minute Play.”  BroadkillReview, October 23, 2021. (As Cluster B. with Cat Hermes). 

" Louis Armstrong's Stoicism," "John Quinn Harbors John Butler Yeats," "On An Al Hirschfeld Cartoon of Gilbert Seldes and Erik Charell's 'Swingin' The Dream,' 1939," "The Poet Calls On Dorothea Tanning," "Dorothea Tanning and the Guardian Angels.Misfit Magazine, Issue # 33, Fall 2021.

" Bronzeville Manifests in the Studio as Moe Asch Records Gwendolyn Brooks Reading 'Kitchenette Building,' 1956,"  45th Parallel 6, Summer 2021.

" Googling the Dead" and " Truc Lam Temple Closed and Tagged," Share, April 22, 2021.

" Thich," abstractmagazinetv, March 3, 2021.

" Bill Evans at 30th St. Studios, 3/2/59," The Westchester Review, Winter 2020. (with Mark Luebbers).

" Louis Armstrong at the Typewriter,' by Dennis Stock. Gelatin Silver Print," Rockvale Review, November 2020.

" Yom Kippur –– East River, New York City' by Robert Frank. Gelatin Silver Print," Paper Brigade Daily, September 21, 2020 (with Mark Luebbers).

"During the Armory Show John Quinn Suppresses a Toast," "John Quinn's Elegy," "Walker Evans, Conservator of the Ephemeral, the Hypothetical, and the Mundane," "Walker Evans Meets Ernest Hemingway, Havana, 1933," and "Walker Evans Photographs Signs," Footnote: A Literary Journal of History, 4 (Summer) 2020, pp. 109–17.

Emmy Andriesse Photographs the Star,” “ On a Photograph by Emmy Andriesse of the Ruins of St. Eusebius Church, Arnhem, 1944,” “ Emmy Andriesse Photographs the Hunger Winter, Amsterdam, 1944-45, Open: A Journal of Art and Letters, Summer 2020.

A Confession ,”  The Hiram Poetry Review,  Issue  81, p.17, 2020. 

Coffee Shop, Railway Station — Indianapolis” by Robert Frank, 1955-56. Gelatin Silver Print , Rise Up Review, Summer, 2020. (with Mark Luebbers).

More Archaic Torso,”  Maintenant, a Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art,  14, 2020.

Robert Frank Meets Jack Kerouac, Avenue A, New York City, Autumn 1957” and “ Robert Frank Meets Jack Kerouac and Joyce Johnson at the Viking offices, Manhattan, 1957,”  Misfit Magazine, Issue 29, Spring 2020 (with Mark Luebbers).

Chicago Corners,”  Sheila Na Gig, Volume 4.2, Winter 2019.

Untitled Photograph by Emmy Andriesse, Amsterdam, 1945. Open: A Journal of Arts and Letters, Fall 2019. 

“General Longstreet Responds in Print to the Passage of the First Military Reconstruction Act, 1867”  Blue Mountain Review, Issue 16, Fall 2019, p.13 (with Mark Luebbers).

“Green Men,” “John Hammond, Mythmaker,” “On a Photograph of John Hammond with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, 1983.”  Red Earth Review, July 2019, 60-62. 

The Fraying of the Flag,”  The Stay Project, June 2019. 

Bike Nocturne” and “Liu Dan, ‘The Dictionary,’ 1991. Ink and Watercolor on Paper.”  Sheila Na Gig, Volume 3.3, Spring 2019. 

Curtis LeMay, His Almanac,”  Misfit Magazine, Issue 26, Spring 2019. 

“Hipster Christmas,”  Edify Fiction, December 2018, p. 37. 

“‘Mary Lou Williams’ (Portrait Sitting) by Dennis Stock. Gelatin Silver Print,”  The Tulane Review, 2017-2018 Omnibus, p. 7. 

General Longstreet Constrained by the Economy of the Reconstruction, The Nasiona, September 22, 2018 (with Mark Luebbers).

John Quinn Pays Court to the Shade of William Morris through his daughter, May,”  Quail Bell Magazine, August 2018. 

“Bill Evans Solos Alone,” “Bill Evans is Arrested for Heroin Possession at JFK,” and “After the Death of Scott LaFaro” in  They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing, eds. Muench and Rader, Black Lawrence Press, 2018 (with Mark Luebbers). 

“Bill Evans Reads George Russell’s  The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, 1954.”  Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, 48, 2018 (with Mark Luebbers). 

Why Bill Evans Got Addicted to Junk,”  The Penn Review, 50.3, Spring 2018 (with Mark Luebbers). 

President Donald J. Trump at the Western Wall, Jerusalem 2017,”  Cordite Poetry Review, 86, Spring 2018. 

Azalea Festival Queen Patricia LeMay (L) holding the Norfolk Mace and being kissed by her Father Gen. Curtis LeMay (R),”  Belletrist, Spring 2018. 

Iris Tree Smokes Hashish, 1916 Unbroken Journal, issue 17, Spring 2018 (with Mark Luebbers).

Iris Tree Chooses a Role 1913,”  Eastern Iowa Review, Issue 6, Spring 2018 (with Mark Luebbers). 

“In The Hebrew Cemetery of Sheboygan” in the  Mizmor Ha David annual of  Poetica Magazine, January 2018

On the Persistence of the Self ” and “ On a Church Steeple in Scaffolding,”  Triggerfish Critical Review, 19, January 2018. 

Walker Evans Photographs Leon Edel, New Haven, Connecticut, 1972(?) The Bookends Review, November 2017. 

Leiber and Stoller Experience the 1960s as Heraclitean Flux,”  The Bookends Review, October 2017. 

Mike Stoller Hears Paul Robeson Sing at Zionist Summer Camp, 1941,”  The Bookends Review, September 2017. 

“George Perkins Marsh on the Anthropogenic Dispersion of Seeds,” Contemporary Poetry Series (Nature and Regeneration),  Corbel Stone Press, June 2017

“Environmental Studies,” The  Al Magre Review, Issue 3, Summer 2017, p. 11. 

Profiles Theater Shuttered, June 8 2016,”  Chicago Literati, June 6 2017. 

Culture Clash at the Sausage Factory” and “ Mr. Peale’s Illustrious Sons,”  Misfit Magazine, Issue 21, Summer 2017. 

Walker Evans, ‘Joe’s Auto Graveyard, near Bethlehem Pennsylvania.’ Gelatin Silver Print,”  Bird’s Thumb, June 2017. 

“Leiber and Stoller’s Magnum Opus” and “Jimmy Witherspoon Buys Leiber and Stoller’s Second Commercial Release,”  Aji Magazine, issue 6 spring 2017, pp. 87-88. 

Walker Evans Saves  The Bridge,”  Unbroken Journal, volume 13, Spring 2017.

On a Photograph of Allen Ginsberg Committing an Act of Civil Disobedience, 1978,”  The Museum of Americana, Spring 2017.

“Curtis LeMay Interviewed c. 1983: A Remix” and “Curtis LeMay Plans to Strike First” in  Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands. An Anthology of Poetry. Pasadena: Shabda Press, 2017. 

The Bodega of Last Resort” and “ Orientalism,”  The Courtship of Winds, Winter 2017.

Cena Trimalchionis Vending Machine Press, #17 2016.

“Biking Englewood: an Essay on the White Gaze,”  The Blackstone Review, Issue 4, 2016. 

Ho Chi Minh’s Sense of Humor,”  War Literature and the Arts, volume 28, 2016.

“Ho Chi Minh’s English,” in  Pay Attention: Poems for Oral Interpretation, ed. John Pierce, Amazon CreateSpace, 2016. 

“Guerrilla Gardening; Chicago, North Side,”  The Fourth River, September, 2016.

Ho Chi Minh’s Main Women” and “ Ho Chi Minh is Inaugurated on the Feast of the Vietnamese Martyrs, September 2 1945 District Lit, September 2016. 

On a Photograph Never Taken of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Friends, Manhattan, May 1, 1920,”  Vending Machine Press, #16, 2016. 

“Glamour” and “Fugue State,”  Tiny Poetry: Macropoetics, July 15, 2016. 

Austin Dickinson Orders Trees for the Beautification of Amherst, Mass., 1887 Bird’s Thumb, June 2016. 

Despite his Better Judgment John Hammond Buys Heroin for Lady Day, Literary Orphans  24, April 2016. 

“Curtis LeMay’s Counterlives with Amelia Earhart.”  Chicago Literati, April 12, 2016. 

“Curtis LeMay, His Cigar” and “Home on Leave, Siegfried Sassoon Hallucinates Corpses in Picadilly.”  Kentucky Review, Winter 2016. 

A Lost Work by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska,”  First Class Literary Magazine, January 18 2016.

The Copse,”  JMWW, Winter 2015. 

“Minor White in Love” and “Minor White, Found Text #1,”  Stoneboat 6.1 (Fall 2015) pp. 84-85.

‘Bob Dylan and Entourage, 1964’ by Daniel Kramer. Gelatin Silver Print” and “ In Hades the Shade of Wat Tyler Receives the Shade of Ho Chi Minh; They Embrace. Caveat Lector 26:1. Fall 2015. 

“Allen Ginsberg’s Penis,”  Four Ties Literary Review, 4.1. Summer 2015.

In Old Age, Ho Chi Minh Listens to  Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “ In Exile Ho Chi Minh Reads Ovid,” and “ On a Photograph of Allen Ginsberg at the Falls of the Passaic, 1966.”  Misfit Magazine, Issue 15 Summer 2015.

Mnemonic,”  Agave, 2.3, Winter 2015 p. 25. 

“Late Boneset (Eupatorium serotinum).”  Off The Coast, 21.1, Winter 2015. 

Indians in the Neighborhood,”  Prick of the Spindle, volume 8.3, Fall 2014.

The Fairy Fleet at Fredericksburg,”  War Literature and the Arts, volume 26, Fall 2014.

“Paris 1920: Ho Chi Minh Reads Lenin’s  Theses on the National and Colonial Questions.”Anak Sastra #16, Summer 2014, p. 50. 

Ho Chi Minh is Battered by Police at a Demonstration on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Paris Commune, 1921” and “ Osip Mandelstam Interviews Ho Chi Minh, Moscow, 1923.”  Shout Out U.K., May 31, 2014.

“Chicago Tattoos”   The New Poet, Spring 2014 (30 Days of Poetry series). 

“Tithonus to Aurora” and “Guernica Obscura,” Milo Review, Volume 2, issue 1; Spring 2014. 

The Vegetation of Wisconsin,”  Hamilton Stone Review, #30 Winter-Spring 2014. 

“‘Duke Ellington Listening to Playback, Los Angeles 1960’ by Gordon Parks. Gelatin Silver Print,” Milo Review, Volume 1; Issue 3, Winter 2013.

 ”Ho Chi Minh at Mouth of Source, 1941,”  Cactus Heart, Issue 6, Fall 2013. 

Art Appreciation,”  Sleet Magazine, Volume 5, Number 2, Fall 2013.  

”The Campus Novel in my Head,”  Milo Review, Volume 1, issue 2, Fall 2013. 

Ho Chi Minh Orders Hundreds of Coffins Built for the Guerillas of the Tet Offensive, and Thinks About the Dead,”  Misfit Magazine, Issue 5, Late Summer 2013.

“Contact Hours,” “Meadowland Review,” Summer 2013, p. 11.

Collaborations,”  Sugar Mule, 44, Summer 2013.

Dr Sheldon’s Photographs: An Elegy,”  The Ilanot Review, Summer 2013. 

“Ho Chi Minh’s Women,”  Milo Review, Volume 1, issue 1, Summer 2013.

‘Ezra Pound. Venice. 1971.’ by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Gelatin Silver Print”  Untitled with Passengers, June 18, 2013.

‘Thelonious Monk and Town Hall Band in Rehearsal’ by W. Eugene Smith, 1959. Working Print with Smith’s Grease Pencil,”  Misfit Magazine, Issue 3, Late Spring 2013. 

Chicago Taggers,”  Misfit Magazine, Issue 2, Spring 2013. 

“Birding the Waukegan Superfund Site” in  Dead Flowers: A Poetry Rag, Volume 1, Number 8, 2013.

Collaborating writer in  Rescription, eds. Conner and Van Loon, Anobium Books, 2013.

“My Trail” in  The Great Lakes Book Project: An Anthology of Creative Non-Fiction, ed. Knoblock, Felix Exi Books, 2013. 

“Games with the Poet,”  Anobium, Volume 2, 2012.

Campus Prairie: A Community Assesses its Landcape,”  Cabinet Magazine 6 (Spring 2002).

“An Easter Monologue,”  Jewish Currents 47.4 (1993): 27-31.

“Swimming with the Baby,”  Ascent 17.2 (1993): 13-17.

“Night Reference,”  Willow Review (Spring 1991): 35-42.

“His Portrait.”  Whetstone 5 (Fall 1988): 72-7.

“Faculties,”  Hayden’s Ferry Review 2 (Spring 1987).

Awards and Honors

Great Teacher Award, Lake Forest College

Phi Beta Kappa, New York University