Steel Wagstaff is a poet, literary scholar, librarian, web designer, and educational technology consultant. He currently works as an Instructional Technology Consultant for Learning Support Services in the College of Letters & Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Wagstaff holds graduate degrees in both Library and Information Studies and English (Literary Studies with an emphasis in Creative Writing). In 2011, he completed a three-field preliminary examination (20th Century American Poetry, 20th Century North American Prose, and Environmental Criticism & Theory) and is writing a dissertation focusing on the writing of several “Objectivist” poets (Lorine Niedecker, George Oppen, Louis Zukofsky, Charles Reznikoff, Basil Bunting, and Carl Rakosi). Find a recent copy of his academic C.V. here.
He has worked as a consultant in UW-Madison’s DesignLab, as the Assistant Director of UW-Madison’s English 100 program (“Introduction to College Composition”), as a teaching assistant and instructor for literature and writing courses, and as a land surveyor. For several years, he facilitated a weekly poetry workshop at Oakhill Correctional Institution as part of the Writers in Prisons Project.
Wagstaff is active on the web: tweet, blog, tumblr, and publish Steel’s Magnolias, a music site. Since January 2015, He’s co-hosted Off the Chain with Dave & Steel, a weekly podcast he’s creatd with an old friend from college.
Wagstaff lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife Laurel Bastian, and their young son.