Lara Mimosa Montes

Lara Mimosa Montes
Research Interests

Post-WWII American poetry, feminist and queer theories, autobiography and memoir, race and ethnicity in the U.S., contemporary art and visual cultures


 2009 – present [degree expected September 2016]

Ph.D., English, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)

Dissertation: “The Strains of Confessional Poetry: The Burdens, Blunders, and Blights of Self-Disclosure,” with Wayne Koestenbaum, Nancy K. Miller, and Mary Ann Caws


M.Phil, English, The Graduate Center, CUNY

2005 – 2009

B.A. summa cum laude Literature, Purchase College, State University of New York

Senior Thesis: “‘I Sing the Body Electric:’ Bodies, Boundaries, and the Cyborg”



2014 – 2016      Dean K. Harrison Award, The Graduate Center, CUNY

2015      Faculty Development Grant, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

2013 – 2014      Writing Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY

2014      Doctoral Student Research Grant, The Graduate Center, CUNY

2014      Making of Americans Artist Grant, Triple Canopy


Work Experience

 2014 – present

            Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

Adjunct Instructor of Intro to Poetry; Gender, Art and Society; Freshman Composition


2013 – 2014

Kingsborough Community College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY

Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow


2011 – 2014

New York City College of Technology, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY                                   

Academic Coach and Writing Tutor


2011 – 2013

Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, New York, NY

Adjunct Instructor of Intro to Literature and Freshman Composition

2009 – 2010

Kingsborough Community College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY

Adjunct Instructor of Developmental Writing




  The Somnambulist (Horse Less Press, forthcoming 2016)

“Three poems from The Somnambulist.” Powder Keg. 1 Dec. 2015. Web.


“My Mother’s ****.” The Dream Closet: Meditations on Childhood Space. Ed. Matthew Burgess. New York: Secretary Press, 2015. 77. Print.


“From The Somnambulist.” PEN Poetry Series. 10 Jun. 2015. Web.


“The Charm of Chinese Roulette.” EK•PHRA•SIS. 21 May 2015. Web.


“Two Poems.” Fence 30 (Winter/Spring 2015): 179 – 180. Print.


“Eulogy for Zelda.” Two Serious Ladies. 2 Apr. 2014. Web.


“Laura (Mars).” Bone Bouquet 4.2 (Fall 2013): 17 – 18. Print.

“Faye.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 41.1 (Spring/Summer 2013): 87 – 88. Print.



“Clouzot’s Wound.” The Fanzine. 28 Apr. 2015. Web.


“The Cinderella Complex-XXX.” Triple Canopy. 7 Oct. 2014. Web.


“The Becoming-Lupe of Mario Montez.” RECAPS Magazine. 3 July 2013. Web.

Book Reviews


“Transgressive Truth Telling.” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 1.3 (Aug 2014): 449 – 454. Print.


“Let the Record Show.” BOMB. 28 Aug. 2013. Web.


“Review of Masha Tupitysn’s LACONIA: 1,200 Tweets on Film.” Puerto Del Sol: A Journal of New Literature 48.1 (Summer 2012): 246 – 248. Print.


Art Reviews


“As Abstract as Indigestion: Sue Williams at 303 Gallery.” artcritical 18 Feb. 2014. Web.


“Vibrating Still Lifes: Jack Goldstein at The Jewish Museum.” artcritical 22 Aug. 2013. Web.


“Queering Kinship: Hervé Guibert, Francesca Woodman, and Others at Callicoon.” artcritical  18 June 2013. Web.


 Co-Authored Academic Publications


Parisi, Hope, and Lara Rodriguez. “‘Why Are You Here?’: Troubling Legitimacy for Basic Writers and Their Instructors in the Community College.” Open Words: Access and English Studies (Spring 2013): 5 – 20. Print.


Moore, Lisa Jean, and Lara Rodriguez. “Identities without Bodies: The New Sexuality Studies.” Corpus: An Interdisciplinary Reader on Bodies and Knowledge. Ed. Monica Casper and Ed. Paisley Currah. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 109 – 126. Print.




“Lara Mimosa Montes with Masha Tupitsyn.” The Conversant. 1 Sept. 2013. Web.


“Conceptual Poetry and Cultural Appropriation,”

Triple Canopy: New Appropriations

Nina Hale Inc., Minneapolis, MN, April 10, 2015.

“He, Henry, and I: The Pedagogical Pleasures of Pronoun Problems,”

John Berryman: A Centenary Celebration

The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, Oct 24-25, 2014.


“‘Into the pure present’: Immersion and Escape in Cortázar’s Hopscotch,”

NeMLA: Uncovering the Tradition of Vitalism in 20th Century Literature

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, April 10, 2011.


French (reading)