Laura Bylenok


Laura Bylenok’s interests center around poetic form: the tendencies and possibilities of traditional, idiosyncratic, and hybrid forms. She approaches form as generative of meaning through shape, structure, and process, and through visual, aural, and tactile particularity. Her work is informed by the intersections of poetic and scientific inquiry, and especially by the poetic possibilities suggested in the mechanisms of transcription and reproduction in molecular biology and genetics. She is deeply interested in etymology as a formal excavation of language, and in tracing a lineage of experimentation with inscription, materiality, and form. Dr. Bylenok’s most frequently taught courses include Intro to Creative Writing and Writing Poetry: Radical Forms. Website.

BA, University of Washington; MFA, Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D. University of Utah.  UMW Directory Profile.