Department of English

Jeremy Downes

Jeremy Downes Professor
9078 Haley Center
Personal web site

Office Hours

  • Monday Research Leave
  • Tuesday Research Leave
  • Wednesday Research Leave
  • Thursday Research Leave
  • Friday Research Leave


Jeremy M. Downes, Professor, 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 English Department Chair (2012-2020). He is currently at work on a study of American local and regional epic.

Representative Publications

  • 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.

Last Updated: February 09, 2021