A scholar, poet, printer, book artist, and publisher, K. A. Wisniewski’s work focuses on the history and future of the book and digital writing and publishing. He is the Founding Editor of the open access journal Textshop Experiments.
Currently, he serves as Lecturer of English and Professional Writing at the University of Maryland College Park. Prior to arriving at College Park, Wisniewski has taught in English, History, and Visual Arts departments at UMBC, Stevenson University, the University of Baltimore, and Widener University, among others, and served as Assistant Professor of English at Cecil College.
K. A. Wisniewski earned his Ph.D. in the Language, Literacy & Culture Program (English & History) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where he studied the history of publishing from printing presses to digital forms. Much of his work has been dedicated to the investigation of the evaluation of multimodal scholarship and digital tools and platforms, the business models of both the university press and small press, the future of the monograph, and the politics of authorship. His dissertation continues this thread by further investigating the role of publishing in the eighteenth century and beyond and the lessons we must learn as we further enter the digital age. It focuses on Philadelphia-native and founding father Francis Hopkinson and the publishing experiments and performances of revolutionary America, including literary hoaxes and frauds, political propaganda, technological and typographical experiments, and the complex networks and rivalries between writers and printers. It argues that the sociopoetics of publishing is part of literature and literary meaning. Before arriving to UMBC, he earned graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Baltimore.
His courses have included introductory courses in Rhetoric & Composition, American Literature and History, and Technical Writing, as well as advanced courses in the Periodical Literature, the History of the Book, Printmaking and Print Media, and the American Novel. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the American Printing History Association; the Massachusetts Historical Society; Boston College; the Maryland Historical Society; and the Dresher Center for the Humanities.
His most recent book is Making Faces (Hot Air Press, 2016), a collection of poems. His poetry and translations have appeared in dozens of journals and magazines, including Toad Suck Review, Coldnoon, basalt, Tule Review, Chariton Review, Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal, Blue Lyra Review, Bluestem, Mayday Magazine, and Third Wednesday. He is currently working on two translation projects on Swiss novelist and poet Julien Burri and Belgian surrealist poet and art critic Marcel Lecomte. He is also working on a new book of poetry called The Compositor.
His essays and book reviews have appeared in Genre, Hyperrhiz, The Journal of the Early Republic, The Maryland Historical Magazine, Civil War History, and Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, among others. In 2009, he edited an anthology on comedian Dave Chappelle, The Comedy of Dave Chappelle: Critical Essays (McFarland). He has contributed chapters to Commanding Words: Essays on the Discursive Constructions, Manifestations, and Subversions of Authority (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016), Kidding Around: The Child in Film and Media (Bloomsbury, 2014), and The Stewart/Colbert Effect: Essays on the Real Impacts of Fake News (McFarland, 2011).
In 2014, Wisniewski was appointed Managing Editor of Roving Eye Press, by a collective of artists and scholars re-issuing the works of the poet-publisher-impresario-writer in every imaginable genre, Bob Brown (1886-1959). In addition, he joined the Editorial Board at Calypso Editions, an artist-run small press publishing literary fiction, poetry, and translations, as well as the Editorial Board of Beyond Criticism, a book series published by Bloomsbury.
He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife Molly.
Current work, teaching reports, and other notes and updates can be found on his blog at http://kawisniewski.com/.