Santa Clara University

Phone: 408.554-3289
Location: St. Joseph's Hall
Room number: 306

Dr. Rebekah Bloyd

Adjunct Lecturer

Rebekah Bloyd has lived, taught, and traveled extensively in the Caribbean and Central Europe and is the recipient of a Hedgebrook Residency as well as Fulbright Fellowships to Jamaica and the Czech Republic. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati and her Master of Arts from The University of Colorado at Boulder; her Bachelor of Arts is from Oberlin College.

Research Interests

Bloyd is researching and writing a series of biographical essays about the Czech immunologist and poet Miroslav Holub (1923-1998), with whom she worked as a translator for many years. In October 2010, Bloyd joined writers and scholars from Central Europe and North American as a featured discussant in the international conference Living Between the Lines: Transgressive (Auto) Biography as Genre and Method at Masaryk University in Brno. Her recent essay on Holub—“Real Deep Surprises”—appeared in the September 2010 special edition of Brno Studies in English, a bi-annual scholarly journal. Selections from the essay were published as the brief memoir “A Poet in Death Valley” in Poetry (2009). Over the years in the Bay Area, Bloyd has often taught courses in Contemporary Ethnic American Literature, West Indian Literature and Orature, and Czech Literature and Film. An Associate of the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College since 1999, she regularly participates in and designs workshops centering on writing pedagogy; also through the Institute, she leads summer workshops in analytical, narrative, poetic, metacognative, exploratory and hybrid writing.

Courses Taught:

Poetry Writing, Critical Thinking and Writing

Representative publications:

Poetry: Chapbook: Handsome, Deconstructed Artichoke Press (2011)
Collections: Seabook,Medúza Press (February 2000).
In Journals: The Cincinnati Review • Five Fingers Review • The Southern California Anthology • Quarterly West  • Rozrazil (Czech Republic) • The New Presence: The Prague Journal of Central European and World Affairs
: “In Praise,” Institute of Writing and Thinking Journal, Bard College(2010) “Sounds and Silences in the Jamaican Household: Michelle Cliff’s ‘Columba’,” Brno Studies in English, Masaryk University, Czech Republic (2005) ldquo;Scoldings,” Sou’Wester (Fall 2004) “Cultural Convergences in Cathy Song’s Poetry,” Peace Review—Anniversaries of United States Empire issue, University of San Francisco (September 1998)

Translations—of work by Czech poet and immunologist Miroslav Holub: Poems in Collections: Miroslav Holub: Poems Before & After. New Expanded Edition. Bloodaxe Books, England (2006) • The Rampage. Faber & Faber (1997) • Shedding Life. Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis (1997) Poems in Magazines: Poetry (April 2008) Harper’s Magazine (2001) • The Times Literary Supplement, London (2000) • Field (1998) • Landfall, New Zealand (1998)

Curriculum Vitae



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