University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Faculty - Isaac Cates

Isaac Cates

Isaac Cates, Lecturer

  • Ph.D. Yale University, 2002
  • C.V. (PDF)
Area of expertise

Modern and contemporary poetry, nature poetry and nature writing, the interaction between science and poetry, and time in poetry; Modernism and the difficulty of the Modernist avant-garde; the graphic novel, comics as a literary medium, and autobiographical comics; poetic form, formal constraints, and oulipo / oubapo.

Contact Information
Phone: (802) 656-3838
Office: 322 Old Mill

Spring 2018 Office Hours: M, W, F 11:45 - 12:45

Selected Publications: Essays on Louise Glück, Robinson Jeffers, Daniel Clowes (, etc.; numerous reviews of contemporary poetry ( - Unmentionables & and graphic novels. Poems in 32 Poems, Southern Poetry Review, Southwest Review, Hayden's Ferry Review ( Ferry Review), Unsplendid (, etc.

Courses taught: ENGS 085: Texts & Contexts: the Literal and the Figurative; ENGS 114 Topics in Writing: Formal Verse Technique; ENGS 119 Advanced Writing: Poetry; ENGS 162 Twentieth-Century Irish Poetry; ENGS 164 Modern Poetry; ENGS 167 The Modern Masterpiece in Fragments