I’m Steel Wagstaff: poet, literary scholar, librarian, web designer, and educational technology consultant.
I currently work as an Instructional Technology Consultant for Learning Support Services in the College of Letters & Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It’s a great job, and I feel very fortunate to work with wonderful colleagues.
I hold graduate degrees in both Library and Information Studies and English (Literary Studies with an emphasis in Creative Writing). In 2011, I completed a three-field preliminary examination (20th Century American Poetry, 20th Century North American Prose, and Environmental Criticism & Theory) and I am writing a dissertation focusing on the writing of several “Objectivist” poets (Lorine Niedecker, George Oppen, Louis Zukofsky, Charles Reznikoff, Basil Bunting, and Carl Rakosi). Here’s a recent copy of my academic C.V.
I’ve previously worked as a consultant in UW-Madison’s DesignLab, as the Assistant Director of UW-Madison’s English 100 program (“Introduction to College Composition”), as a teaching assistant and instructor for literature and writing courses, and as a land surveyor. For several years, I facilitated a weekly poetry workshop at Oakhill Correctional Institution as part of the Writers in Prisons Project. I live in Madison, Wisconsin with my wife Laurel Bastian, and our young son.
I’m fairly active on the web: I tweet, blog, run a tumblr, and publish Steel’s Magnolias, a music site that grew out of a weekly show I used to host on my local college radio station. Since January 2015, I’ve also co-hosted Off the Chain with Dave & Steel, a weekly podcast I’ve been making with an old friend from college.