Research Interests: Poet, critic, translator, editor and scholar; textual scholarship; “New American” and African-American writing and culture in local and international contexts; King Philip’s War to the writing of Vietnam veterans; the ancient Americas; literatures and cultures of the Middle East and the Balkans; cultures of resistance in colonization and decolonization; the Cold War; medieval studies; translation; poetics.
After Jews and Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 1993).
the cairo noteboooks (Singing Horse Press, 1993).
Keys to the Garden: New Israeli Writing (City Lights, 1996).
Sarajevo Blues by Semezdin Mehmedinovic, translated from Bosnian (City Lights, 1998).
Memories of Our Future: Selected Essays, 1982-1999 (City Lights, 1999).
from the warring factions (Beyond Baroque, 2002).
Nine Alexandrias by Semezdin Mehmedinovic, translated from Bosnian (City Lights, 2003).
Outcast, a novel by Shimon Ballas, translated from Hebrew (City Lights Press, 2007).
Islanders (City Lights, 2010)
“neither wit nor gold” from then (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011)
Selected Recent Publications:
a little history (re:public/UpSet Press, 2013)
Robert Duncan in San Francisco, Michael Rumaker, co-edited (City Lights, 2013)