Kimberly Kay Lamm

Associate Professor in the Program of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies

External Address: 
210 East Duke Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90760, Durham, NC 27708-0760
(919) 684-9661


My research fields include contemporary feminist art, contemporary poetry, feminist theory, and 19th- and 20th-century US Literature. I have published essays on a wide range of topics, from African-American visual culture to American poetry’s relationship to feminist theory. I am currently working on two book manuscripts: “Poetics of Address: Imagining the Other Woman in Contemporary Art” and "The Sense of an Arrangement: Feminist Aesthetics in Contemporary Poetry." The first analyzes the work of feminist artists who bring together images and the textual appearance of language in unpredictable configurations. I argue that this choice draws attention to the image as a site of affective labor, but also creates what I call a poetics of address, a call to viewers to become feminist readers of visual culture. A Sense of Arrangement represents my long-standing research on the relations between contemporary poetry and feminist thought. It analyzes the work of five poets—Barbara Guest, Susan Howe, Ann Lauterbach, Rosemarie Waldrop, and Claudia Rankine—who have contributed substantially to the field of contemporary poetry and women’s place within it. The book traces how these poets' engagement with the excesses of vision and sound aligns with current feminist scholarship on sound, affect, and sensation. Increasingly, my research is drawn to the styles, objects, and practices that can be identified by through the term "femininity," which has led to my interest in girl cultures and fashion. An essay on the depiction of fashionable clothing in the work Harlem Renaissance writer Jessie Fauset is forthcoming in the collection Crossings in Text and Textile, 1818-1934 (University Press of New England). I am a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program, and have published art criticism in The Brooklyn Rail, curated exhibitions of contemporary art (most notably, "Imaginary Arsenals" for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) and written catalog essays for contemporary artists Matthew Buckingham and Renata Poljak.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Washington 2007

Lamm, K. "The Poetics of Black Aesthetics." Contemporary Literature 55.1 (2014): 168-181. Full Text

Lamm, KK. "Suspensions of Perception: Attention, Spectacle, and Modern Culture." Cultural Critique 50 (2012): 215-218.

Lamm, KK. "On Barbara Guest." Ed. E Foster. Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics 38, 39, 40 (October 2010): 162-172.

Lamm, KK. "Review of Alice Notley’s In the Pines." Ed. E Foster. Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics 36-37 (2008): 23-27.

Lamm, KK. "Then and Now: Reading the Texts of Race." College Literature 32.4 (2002).

Lamm, KK. "Review of Tim Dean’s Beyond Sexuality." Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. 7.1 (2002): 150-154.

Lamm, KK. "The Question of Race in the American Avant-Garde." Contemporary Literature 50: 831-839.

Lamm, KK. "The Midwife’s Clothing: Jessie Fauset In and Out of Fashion (In preparation)." Crossings in Text and Textile. Ed. K Joslin and D Wardrop. Lebanon, NH: University of New Hampshire Press, 2015.

Lamm, KK. "Girly Men Ballads: (Il)legible Identities in Charles Bernstein and Gertrude Stein." The Salt Companion to Charles Bernstein. Ed. W Allegrezza. Salt Publishing, November 2013. 57-84.

Lamm, KK. "Fair Realism: The Aesthetics of Restraint in Barbara Guest’s Collaborations." Collaborations in New York School Poetry: The Color of Vowels. Ed. M Silverberg. Palgrave MacMillan, 2013. 113-140.

Lamm, KK. "Ceci N’est Pas Keith/ Ceci N’est Pas Rosmarie: Writing Another Language for Feminist Poetics." Another Language: Contemporary American Poetic Experiment in a Changing World. Ed. K Freitag and K Vester. LIT Verlag, 2009. 259-269.

Lamm, KK. "Portraits of the Past, Imagined Now: Reading the Work of Lorna Simpson and Carrie Mae Weems." (Un)Making Race, Re-Making Soul: Transformative Aesthetics and the Practice of Freedom. Ed. A Cotton and C Acampora. SUNY Press, 2007.

Lamm, KK. "All Together/Now: Writing the Space of Collectivities in the Poetry of Juliana Spahr." American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics. Wesleyan University Press, 2007. 133-156.

Lamm, KK. "Portraiture." Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography. Ed. L Warren. Routledge, 2006. 1062-1064.

Lamm, KK. "Modernism." Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography. Ed. L Warren. Routledge, 2006. 1288-1292.

Lamm, KK. "Hambone." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature: O-T. Ed. HA Ostrom and JD Macey. 2005. 699-700. (Essay)

Lamm, KK. "Getting Close to the Screen of Exile: Evoking and Resisting the National ‘Mother Tongue’ in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictée." Transnational, National, and Personal Voices: New Perspectives on Asian American and Asian Diasporic Women Writers. Ed. E Marino and B Simal. Münster: Lit Verlag, 2004. 43-65.


Lamm, K. "Texting girls: images, sounds, and words in neoliberal cultures of femininity." Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory 25.2 (May 4, 2015): 111-127. Full Text

Lamm, KK. "Out of the Garbage, the Collage of Me: Alice Notley's Culture of One." Golden Handcuffs 1.15 (2012). (Review)

Lamm, KK. "Ready-Made Baroness: The Gendered Language of Dadaist Dress." Jacket 2 (July 2011). (Academic Article)

Lamm, KK. "At the Pivot of the Biopolitical: Seeing Sex and Racism in Lorna Simpson’s "You’re Fine."." Ed. K Deepwell. n.paradoxa: International Feminist Art Journal 28 (2011): 88-93. (Academic Article)


Lamm, KK. "Review of Voyages." (November 2001).