About her most recent book, Postliterary America (University of Iowa Press, 2011) Aldon Nielson wrote:
“Maria Damon sets us on a path toward a poetics of culture that has long been promised by prominent scholars within the cultural studies sphere but, until now, seldom delivered. Postliterary America: From Bagel Shop Jazz to Micropoetries provides a rare juxtaposition of poetics, race, ethnicity, and gender, showing how ‘insider’ art made by ‘outsiders’ becomes canonical and how innovative literature enters the mainstream.
Maria Damonis Professor and Chair of Humanities and Media Studies at the Pratt Institute of Art. She has published two books of poetry scholarship (The Dark End of the Street: Margins in American Vanguard Poetry and Post-Literary “America”: From Bagel Shop Jazz to Micropoetries); several works of co-authored poetry, including (with mIEKAL aND) Literature Nation, Eros/ion, pleasureTEXTpossession, and (with Jukka-Pekka Kervinen) Door Marked X; and a critical anthology (co-edited with Ira Livingston), Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader.