Curriculum Vitae
 
                                                                                                               Saba Syed Razvi

[mailing address available upon request]                            phone:  832.420.5973.         e-mail: srazvi@usc.edu.     website: http://www.sabarazvi.com.
                                          

EDUCATION

•	Ph.D. in Literature & Creative Writing – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. (expected completion by Summer 2011).
            Dissertation Titles: “Waking Galatea: a narrative poem” & “Synthetic Form & Deviant Transcendence: Interfaces Between 
            Science and 21st Century Poetic Form”. Committee: Susan McCabe & David St. John (co-chairs), Paul Alkon, Carol Muske-
            Dukes, Moshe Lazar (Comp. Lit).

•	M.A. in English Literature – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Conferred May 2006. 

•	M.A. in Creative Writing & English Literature – University of Texas, Austin, TX. Conferred May 2003. (Thesis – Lullaby for Goya: Poems; Advisors: Khaled Mattawa & Judith Kroll)

•	B.A. in English Literature (Creative Writing) – Creighton University, Omaha, NE. Conferred May 2000.  (Thesis – Albatross Eggs: Poems; Advisors: Eamonn Wall, Fidel Fajardo-Acosta; Brent Spencer)

AWARDS & HONORS
•	English Department Summer Grant for Dissertation Research & Writing – May 2008.
•	Summer Stimulus Grant for Research & Conference Presentation – June 2008.
•	Honorable Mention in English Department’s Moses Poetry Contest – April 2008.
•	Honorable Mention in English Department Moses Poetry Contest – April 2006.
•	Virginia C Middleton Fellowship – August 2003 – August 2006.
•	Fania Kruger Fellowship, 1st Place Award – April 2003.
•	James A Michener Fellowship – January 2003.

PUBLICATIONS
     •   “ Dusk Intermediary”, “Nor Equinox Nor Promise”, “An Architecture for Mystery”, “At the Lotus Tree Beyond Which There Is No      
          Passing”, “Leonid Shower Above 360 Overlook”. The Offending Adam. Feature in Issue 66. June 13, 2011.	
      •	“Self-Portrait as Wick-Tender and Candle Flame” The Loudest Voice Anthology. Volume 1. 2010.
      •	“Amphibious Catalogue with Invisible Stair” The Loudest Voice Anthology. Volume 1. 2010.
      •	“Before the Wedding Party”. Arsenic Lobster. April 2010.
      •	“From the Hours of Forgiveness”. Arsenic Lobster. April 2010.
      •	“First Night in the New House”. Arbor Vitae. Issue 4.5. November 2009.
      •	“Datura”. 13th Warrior Review. Volume 7, Issue 14. Fall 2009.
      •	“Eve, Eve, and Adam…Nowhere”. 10x3 plus. April 2009.
•	“Chand Raat: Eid ul Fitr”, “Abida”, “American Flag as Pardah”, “Oil Field. Mine, Field. Afghanistan.”, “Double Edge of Scimitar”, “Holy Land” – in Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith, & Sexuality. Editor: Sarah Husain. Seal Press, June 2006.
•	“Becoming Prodigal” The Homestead Review. Spring/Summer 2005.
•	“This Ascension in the CD Player”.  Anthology. May/June 2003.
•	“Muse”. Diner. Spring/Summer 2003.
•	“heliophobia” Karamu. Spring 2004.
•	“The Beguiling of Merlin”. Crucible. Fall 2003.
•	“Julnar of the Sea”, “Rain,” “Talisman.” & “Beware: Alligators Do Not Feed Ducks”. in Tahzeeb-e-Deccan.

COMPLETED MANUSCRIPTS
•	“heliophobia”
•	“In the Crocodile Gardens”

CONFERENCE PAPERS, POETRY READINGS, & LECTURES

The Loudest Voice Reading Series – The Mountain Bar, Los Angeles, CA, November 13, 2008.
•	Featured Reader. Poetry Reading from “The Book of Deeds”.

Poetry & Translation – University of Stirling, Scotland, July 15-19, 2008.
•	Paper Presentation: “The Lines Between the Hidden & The Manifest: Navigating the Language of the Beloved in Sufi Subculture & Mystic Poetry” 
•	Poetry Reading: from “The Book of Deeds”, current manuscript.

2008 AEGS Annual Conference: Getting Obsessive: Culture & Excess – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. March 28-29, 2008. 
•	Designed and moderated a panel titled: “Write, Revise, Repeat: Obsessive Formal Structures in Contemporary Poetry”. 
•	Paper presentation on: The writing process of obsessive structures and formal strategies in my manuscript “In the Crocodile Gardens”; including a reading of some poems in it. 

SoundEye West: Poetry Between Languages –  University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, October 5-6, 2007.
•	Paper presentation on: The function of interlinguality in some Sufi poetry, the structural problem of translating it, the use of structural translation in writing between cultures, and the influence of such translation work on my own poetic writing process.
•	Poetry Reading: from my manuscript “The Book of Deeds”. 

The Loudest Voice Reading Series – The Mountain Bar, Los Angeles, CA, September 20, 2006.
•	Featured Reader. Poetry Reading from “In the Crocodile Gardens”.

2006 AEGS Conference: Trans-: -- University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. April 7-8, 2006.
•	“The Transgressing Muse: Creative Readings & Critical Responses.”  Panelist. Paper presentation on: transgressive experimentation in the writing process and representations of it in poetry, especially as concerned with hypermediacy and different voices, shifting perceptions within shared and private spaces of the scientist, the laboratory, and the robot. Reading from my manuscript “Waking Galatea”.

British Society for Literature & Science: Founding Conference – University of Glasgow, Scotland, March 24-26, 2006.
•	Paper Presentation: “Synthetic Form & Deviant Transcendence: Interfaces between 21st Century Poetics, Science & Print Technology”.

2005 AEGS Conference: Parties: Shared Spaces in Culture & Literature – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. April xx, 2005.
•	…Panelist…(need to check details once I find the programme)
•	…Moderator…(need to check details once I find the programme)

2005 AWP Annual Conference – Vancouver, BC, April 1-5, 2005.
•	Cross-Genre Roundtable Discussion: “The Ghost in the Machine: Inorganic Forms & Deviant Transcendence”. Panel Moderator. Presentation on: hypermediacy, contemporary formal structures influenced by hypertext, & changing conceptions of poetic form.

2004 AEGS Conference: Beauty – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, March 21-25, 2004.
•	“Bondage & Beauty: Restraint in the Writing Process” Panel Moderator & Presenter. Paper on Writing Process in Formal Poems, such as Exquisite Corpse Poems and Dramatic Monologues.
•	“The Beauty of Estrangement.” Panelist. Presented paper on: the writing process and culture, subculture, and diaspora.

Cole’s Reading Series – Coles, Los Angeles, CA, March 25, 2006.
•	Featured Reader. Poetry Reading from my manuscript “heliophobia”.

2nd Annual University of Hawaii International Conference of the Humanities – Honolulu, HI, January 8, 2004.
•	“Writing the Language of Estrangement”. Panelist. Presented a paper on writing process and also some poems from my manuscript “heliophobia”.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of Southern California – Los Angeles, CA

•     Assistant Lecturer. “Writing & Critical Reasoning with an Emphasis on The Politics of Medicine in Culture.” Fall 2008. I 
       designed the syllabus, reading list, and all course assignments. Texts include Foucault’s Discipline & Punish, with reference to 
       “Panopticism” and Susan Sontag’s “Regarding the Torture of Others”.

•     Writing Consultant & Tutor at the Writing Center. Spring 2008. I tutored students weekly on a range of projects from stories 
       and poems to cover letters and MS/MA thesis essays, teaching them writing skills and strategies. I worked closely with them to 
       help address their overall writing problems rather than simply helping to correct incidental errors in writing.

•     Assistant Lecturer. “Writing & Critical Reasoning with an Emphasis on Changing Family Forms.” Fall 2007. I designed syllabus, 
       reading list, and all course assignments. Texts included David Sedaris’s “Memento Mori” and Joseph Epstein’s “The Culture of 
       Celebrity”.

•    Assistant Lecturer. “Writing & Critical Reasoning with an Emphasis on Exploring Ethnicity in Film.” Spring 2007. I designed the 
      syllabus, reading list, and all course assignments. Texts included Susan Sontag’s “Regarding the Torture of Others”, Frank Wu’s
      Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black & White, and Karen Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange.

•     Assistant Lecturer. “Writing & Critical Reasoning with an Emphasis on Art History & the Modernist Culture Wars.” Fall 2006. I 
       designed the syllabus, reading list, and all course assignments. Texts included Tolstoy’s “Art & Sincerity” from What is Art?,    
       Clement Greenberg’s “Avant-Garde and Kitsch”, and Heidegger’s “The Origin of the Work of Art”.

University of Texas – Austin, TX

•     Teaching Assistant. “Technical Writing in Engineering”. (Dr. D’Arcy Randall). Taught weekly discussion section, graded essays 
       and presentations, guided student research projects. Spring 2003.

•     Instructor. “Poetry Writing Workshop – in conjunction with Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry. (Dr. D’Arcy Randall).”
       Designed workshop syllabus, led weekly workshop. Fall 2002.

•     Teaching Assistant. “British Literature Survey Course. (Dr. Elizabeth Cunningham).” Taught two weekly discussion sections, 
       graded exams & essays. Spring 2002.

•     Teaching Assistant. “American Literature Survey with focus on Race, Gender, and Environment. (Dr. William Schiek).” Taught  
       two weekly discussion sections, graded exams & essays. Fall 2001.

MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
•	American Association of Writers & Poets
•	British Society for Literature & Science
•	Modern Language Association

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE PROJECTS
•	Mentor. I served as a student mentor to a first-year graduate student in the English Department’s Creative Writing Doctoral Program, 2007-2008. I addressed concerns about coursework, the qualifying exam process, dissertation process, and managing time to write while teaching, as well as adjustment to a new community and writing program.
•	Graduate Representative to the English Dept through the Association of English Graduate Students, 2008-2009. I researched issues that graduate students had within the program and communicated these needs to the department.
•	Helped organize a student-led seminar on “Productive Paradox” to discuss emerging trends in contemporary poetry. Fall 2004.

RESEARCH INTERESTS – Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Literature and Science, Literature and Technology, Sufi Poetry, South Asian Literature, Urdu Poetry, Contemporary Fiction, Translation and Poetry, Subculture in Literature, Robots in Poetry and Fiction, Science Fiction Poetry & Literature, Steampunk Fiction, Sci-Punk Literature.

OTHER LANGUAGES 
    •      Urdu -- speaking fluency, some reading and translating skill.
    •	Spanish -- reading skill, some speaking ability.

REFERENCES – available upon request.
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