Joyelle McSweeney


Associate Professor

Specialty: Poetry, Prose, Translation, Theory

Degrees: B.A. magna cum laude, Harvard; M.Phil., Oxford University; M.F.A. University of Iowa Writers Workshop

Joyelle McSweeney is the author of two hybrid-genre novels: Flet, a sci-fi (Fence, 2008) and Nylund, the Sarcographer (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2007), a baroque-noir. She is also the author of two volumes of poetry, The Commandrine and Other Poems (Fence, 2004) and The Red Bird, which was chosen by Allen Grossman to inaugurate the Fence Modern Poets Series in 2001. With Johannes Göransson, she publishes Action Books and Action, Yes, a press and web-quarterly dedicated to international writing and hybrid forms.

McSweeney’s areas of interest and teaching include poetry, prose, and translation; performance and dramatic form; manifestos, art and politics; theory and media studies; mixed and intermedia art and writing; mixed, hypergenred and non-genred writing; disability studies and gender studies; as well as modern and contemporary literature and various avant gardes. She has written critical articles and manifestos on all of the above as well as review articles on such authors as Alice Notley, Hannah Weiner, Anne Carson,and Lyn Hejinian for such journals as the Boston Review, American Book Review, and boundary2.  Other authors and artists of special interest include Antonin Artaud, Jack Smith, Kenneth Anger, Kate Bernheimer, Roberto Bolaño, Pume Bylex, Hiromi Itō, and Aimé Césaire.

A new volume of poems and plays is forthcoming from Fence in Spring 2012.


Recent Publications

  • “The Warm Mouth. ” My Mother She Killed Me, My Father She Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales. New York: Penguin, 2010. (play)
  • Flet.  New York: Fence Books, 2008. (novel)
  • Nylund, The Sarcographer.  Vermont: Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2007. (novel)
  • The Commandrine and Other Poems. New York: FenceBooks, 2004. (poems and play)
  • The Red Bird. New York: Fence Books, 2002. (poems)


Contact Information
258 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-9870

Postal address
Department of English
356 O’Shaughnessy
Notre Dame, IN 46556