Kristin Dykstra

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Kristin Dykstra's essays range from pieces for literary & cultural magazines to material for academic publication.



Recent & Forthcoming Commentaries for Magazines & Journals


"In Memoriam:  Juan Carlos Flores." Chicago Review 60.03 (2017). Also published online at the CR website.


“The Sea Doesn’t Have to Be a Wall.”  Jacket2 magazine (Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania). 1 Dec. 2016.


“Intermedium.” 2015 A to Z commentary series on literary translation for Jacket2 magazine (Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania).


“NO:  The Translation of Angel Escobar.” The Volta: Evening Will Come 51 (Translation Feature, March 2015).


“Dispatch from Havana:  Ricardo Alberto Pérez.”  Jacket2 14 Oct 2013.



Forthcoming in Scholarly Venues


“EXCUSE ME MR. BORZUTZKY / If.” In American Poets in the 21st Century:  Poetics of Social Engagement, forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press.  Edited by Michael Dowdy and Claudia Rankine.


“Triumphs of Verticality / Horizontal Reactivations,” on writing by Soleida Ríos. For dossier on Cuban poetry, edited by César Salgado and Juan Pablo Lupi, forthcoming in La Habana Elegante.



Selected Scholarly Articles


“Merging Exile into Diaspora:  Other Letters to Milena.”  Diálogo 15.2 (Special Issue, “When You Can’t Go Back:  Exile and Dislocation,” Fall 2012). 10-14.  Print.


“Finding a Way in Alamar.”  Review:  Literature and Arts of the Americas 82 (“Cuba Inside and Out,” 44.1, May 2011).  29-38.  Print.


"'A Just Image’: Poetic Montage and Cuba's Special Period in The Winter Garden Photograph."  Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature  41.2 (2008):  55-74.  Print.


"Gossiping Cuba: Omar Pérez and the Name of the Father " (article on contemporary Cuban and Cuban-American literature). Mandorla: Nueva escritura de las Américas / New Writing from the Americas 10 (2007): 322-344.   Print.  Digital reprint in Omar Pérez feature in Jacket 35, Early 2008.


 “On the Betrayal of Nations: José Alvarez de Toledo's Philadelphia Manifesto (1811) and Justification (1816).” CR: The New Centennial Review 4.1 (2004): 267-305.   Print.