Matthew Kilbane


Matt Kilbane was the 2020-2021 Joseph F. Martino ’53 Lecturer in Undergraduate Teaching at Cornell University, where he has recently completed his PhD in the Department of Literatures in English. He works at the intersection of literary and media studies, with a special focus on modern and contemporary poetry in the U.S., and the relation of literature to music. His research has been supported by a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Yale’s Beinecke Library, and Cornell’s Society for the Humanities, and his essays have appeared or are forthcoming in PMLA, Journal of Modern Literature, College Literature, and Post45:Contemporaries. His book manuscript, “The Lyre Book: Modern Poetic Media,” was recently awarded the Northeast Modern Language Association’s 2021 Book Award.

At Cornell and at Purdue University, where he received an MFA in poetry, Matt has taught a variety of courses, including creative writing workshops, broad surveys of our contemporary literary moment, first-year composition courses, and more specialized investigations of sound art, poetry, popular music, and the environmental humanities. With the Cornell Prison Education Program, he also teaches literature and creative writing at Auburn and Elmira Correctional Facilities.

Beginning in fall 2021, Matt will be an assistant professor of English at the University of Notre Dame.

Research Focus

  • Twentieth-century American literature
  • Poetry and poetics
  • Global modernisms 
  • Media studies 
  • Digital humanities 
  • Critical theory
  • Music and literature