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Jeremy Downes

Jeremy Downes



Jeremy Downes

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PhD, University of Chicago

About Me

Jeremy M. Downes earned his degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A specialist in epic poetry (beginnings to the present), he is the author of two major studies of epic, The Female Homer and Recursive Desire, and of three collections of poetry. He also manages the web directory HyperEpos, a substantial collection of links to epic texts, resources, and materials. He has served in multiple leadership roles, notably as president of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (2012-14) and as the chair of the Department of English (2012-2020). He is currently at work on a study of American local and regional epic.

Research Interests

poetry, poetics, the epic; women's and gender studies, criticism and theory


  • Recursive Desire: Rereading Epic Tradition, University of Alabama Press, 1997.
  • HyperEpos: Epic on the Internet
  • The Lost Atlas of Desire. BlazeVOX, 2006
  • Dark Village Haiku. (2007 Winner of the Morris Chapbook Prize) 2008.
  • The Female Homer: An Exploration of Women's Epic Poetry. University of Delaware Press, 2010.
  • Poems: Too Small to Read. Forthcoming, New Plains Press, 2012.