Sally Hansen


Areas of Expertise

Contemporary lyric poetry, sound studies, queer theory, mysticism, ritual, and performance.


Sally Hansen is a Ph.D. student in the University of Notre Dame’s English Department. Her work explores time as texture in contemporary poetry, and she reads rhythmic and graphic disturbances through queer theory, affect studies, and mystical theologies. She looks for the moments and modes in which intimacy meets violence–often in poetic rituals where possession, devotion, and testimony mingle.


Review: “Hopkins Now: A Special Issue, eds. Lesley Higgins and Amanda Paxton,” Hopkins Quarterly,  Vol. XLVII, No. 1-2. 

Review: "Wild Belief, by Nick Ripatrazone." Fare Forward, Spring 2021.

Conferences and Presentations:

“Passionate Echoes: Sprung Rhythm’s Queer Stigma,” International Hopkins Conference, Virtual, 2022.

“Affective Movement: Arriving ‘Here’ in Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely,” ALA, Chicago, 2022.

“‘what no one / wanted anyway’: Secrets and Chthonic Echo Signals in Susan Howe’s Debths,” NEMLA, Baltimore MD, 2022

“A Musical Phenomenology: Rhythm and Remembrance in Hilda Morley’s ‘Organic Form,’” ReVIEWING Black Mountain College, Asheville NC.

“Telling Moments and Speaking Silences: Queerness, Ritual and Race in Lydia Cabrera's Cuetos Negros de Cuba," University of Toronto, 2021.

“Musical Movement: Sacramental Translation in Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles.” Yale Institute of Sacred Music, 2017.