Mary Anne Myers is program director and faculty member for Bard Microcollege Holyoke, which brings a rigorous Associate in Arts degree program in liberal studies to women whose educations have been interrupted or postponed by pregnancy and parenting. Her previous teaching experience includes college-level English language and literature courses for incarcerated men and women enrolled in the Bard Prison Initiative. She has previously served two years as an Assistant Professor of English at the United States Military Academy, West Point, and as a postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the English Department of Fordham University, where she earned her Ph.D. in May 2012.
Her work explores the theme of unrequited love in British culture, particularly as it occurs coincidentally with the rise of nationalism in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, using a framework of affect theory. Within this context, she highlights a source for the Romantic lyric in late-eighteenth-century women writers’ engagement with Petrarch, the medieval figure whose self-documented failure in love made him beloved by centuries of readers. Her essay inThe Keats-Shelley Journal [62 (2013): 99-114] positions the poetry of John Keats in the thread of this literary conversation. Studies in Romanticism has published her essay on Charlotte Smith’s engagement with Petrarch and the poets’ lessons on the sonnet as a social medium [51.2 (Summer 2014): 239-63]. Her interests also include transatlantic and continental Romanticism; Victorian and modern literatures; poetry and poetics; theories of reading, writing, and pedagogy; gender issues; affect theory; and love studies.
Myers has taught literature, writing, and ESL at institutions including New York State Correctional Facilities, West Point, Fordham, Mount Saint Mary College (Newburgh, NY), Baruch College (New York, NY), and Technical School Center in Nova Gorica, Slovenia. She holds a masters in English from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, a certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages from Baruch College, and a bachelors with honors (summa cum laude) from Fordham University. Her experience also includes a short stint on Wall Street, many years as a freelance business writer, and service on the boards of two New York City non-profits: the Books for Kids Foundation and the Grand Street Settlement. She currently lives in Northampton, MA.