BiographyDean Anthony Brink (Ph.D., Chicago) is associate professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. His book from Routledge is: Japanese Poetry and Its Publics: From Colonial Taiwan to Fukushima (2018), supplemented by two forthcoming articles on related topics in research journals: “Nuclear Hegemony and Material Indices: The Satirical Verse Boom in Daily Newspapers after Fukushima,” Mosaic; “Kitagawa Fuyuhiko’s Dada Poetry and the Derealization of Colonial Affects in Manchuria,” Postcolonial Studies. He also directed Horizons of the Rising Sun: Postcolonial Nostalgia and Politics in the Taiwan Tanka Association Today (2017), related to chapters 4 and 5 of Japanese Poetry and Its Publics. Earlier related research includes: “Pygmalion Colonialism: How to Become a Japanese Woman in Late Occupied Taiwan,” The Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies 12(1), 2012: 41-63; “Cheerful Dissensus: Almighty Satirical Poetry Columns in Neoliberalist Japan,” Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 27(2) 2013: 228-241. Brink has lived in Japan and Taiwan for much of his life, though raised in western Washington State.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
His current research project focuses on experimental aesthetics and posthumanism in contemporary poetry, film, and performance in East Asia and North America. Other work nearing completion includes explorations of key Kyoto School philosophers in relation to contemporary issues in New Materialist thought under the title “The Dialectics of Empty Space”; “Eroticized Postcolonial Materiality and Agency in Pierre Guyotat’s Algerian Works”; and “Rewilding and Neoliberal Territorialities after the Anthropocene: Cybernetic Modeling of the Oriental Stork as Critique” in the context of Deleuzian cultural geography and ecological studies.
As director of the Film Studies Center in 2017, he curated the Blue Magpie Experimental Film Series/Taiwan at NCTU in the fall, including amazing films from around the world. The program is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4go1r042mvjjo07/AABw3d3Xa3Tr5UUynw52D5xYa?dl=0
His poetry in English has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals and anthologies, including the Columbia Poetry Review (US), Cordite Poetry Review (Australia), [email protected] (Spain), Exquisite Corpse (US), Going Down Swinging (Australia), New Writing (UK), Nimrod (USA), Noon, Portland Review (USA) and many other journals as well as the anthologies In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights (2013), Flame Trees Are in Blossom (2015), and on my blog, Taiwan Scooter Poet (interpoetics.blogspot.com).
He also composes tanka in Japanese with local writing groups, publishing in Taiwan kadan (biannually) and elsewhere.
His science fiction short fiction has appeared in Helios Quarterly Magazine (“The Migration,” 2016), Seit und Werden (“The Last Testament of a Pacifist in Tokyo, 2047,” 2016), Every Day Fiction (“Mr. Coffee,” 2013), the speculative fiction anthology Incarceration (“The San Francisco Fun House,” 2017), and Like a Woman (“DearDeparted®” [forthcoming]).
He also translate works by Taiwanese and Japanese poets for publication in literary journals such as Transference and MetaDada as well as in my monograph and many research articles.
His experimental piece “Sound Work—‘Social Justice for All for Some’” appeared in Technoculture Volume 4 (2014), available here: http://tcjournal.org/vol4/brink.
Experimental compositions for piano include “12-Tone Tango for Two Hands,” available here (https://soundcloud.com/twscooterpoet/12-tone-tango-for-two-hands).