My research concentrates on contemporary American poetry, science studies and the medical humanities. I received a Ph.D. in English from SUNY Buffalo in 2017. My studies in the United States were supported by a Fulbright scholarship and an FCT grant for doctoral students. In my dissertation, "Life Lines: Experimental American Poetry and the Concept of Living Form", I explored my interest in the relation between poetic language and the so-called "languages of nature" (the divine word, the genetic code, cybernetic information, biosemiotics, etc). I argued that the nineteenth century concept of “living form” (the idea that, like an organism, a poem develops itself from within, according to an unpredictable internal logic) is not, as some critics have argued, anathema to avant-garde writing, reportedly anti-organic in its uncompromising disjointedness. By contrast, I contend that the concept survived and flourished, under different guises, in the work of a number of contemporary experimental poets. Indebted to nineteenth century science, the notion of a “living form” endured throughout the twentieth century, going through a number of transformations that mirrored the mutations undergone by the ideas of “organism” and “life” in the scientific and philosophical communities. Poets: Ed Dorn, P. Inman, Chris Vitiello, A.M.J. Crawford and Christian Bök. A book-length version of this study is currently under review. I am currently an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow at University College Dublin and an FCT Junior Researcher at the University of Porto (CEEC Individual 2017). My project, "Old Pioneers", investigates how older experimental American poets challenge the notion that vanguardism is a caprice of youth and the idea that old age is a time of recapitulation, reconciliation and resignation. I will survey the recent work of Charles Bernstein, Susan Howe, Lyn Hejinian, Ron Silliman and Rae Armantrout. These poets position themselves against a poetics of summation, sobriety and depth, highlighting instead the importance of discontinuity, disbelief, immaturity, forgetfulness and humour for literary prospection and late life well-being. In "Old Pioneers", I will continue my doctoral work on the non-linear ways in which life develops, now paying special attention to the anomalous late life trajectories outlined by the poets in question.

Personal identification

Full name
Joao Paulo Coutinho Guimaraes

Citation names

  • Guimarães, João Paulo

Author identifiers

Ciência ID

Knowledge fields

  • Humanities - Languages and Literatures - General Literature Studies


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
English Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Spanish; Castilian Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1)
Degree Classification
English Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
University at Buffalo - The State University of New York, United States
"Life Lines: Post-Sixties American Poetry and the Concept of Living Form" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
Estudos Americanos (Mestrado)
Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Letras, Portugal
"Captain Beefheart e o Subconsciente Ambiental: uma Viagem pela Loucura da Linguagem " (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
18 valores (Excelente)
Línguas Modernas (Licenciatura)
Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Letras, Portugal
17 valores (Muito Bom)


Host institution
2019/07/01 - 2025/06/30 Contracted Researcher (Research) Universidade do Porto Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa, Portugal
2018/10/01 - 2020/09/30 Postdoc (Research) Irish Research Council, Ireland
University College Dublin, Ireland

Teaching in Higher Education

Host institution
2015/01/01 - 2016/01/01 Assistant (University Teacher) University at Buffalo - The State University of New York, United States


Host institution
2018/02/01 - 2018/09/30 Research Assistant Universidade do Porto Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa, Portugal
2010/01/01 - 2010/05/01 Erasmus Student (cadeiras "Modern American Poetry and Poetics" e "American Literature between the Wars", ambas com a classificação "A") University College Dublin, Ireland


Book chapter
  1. Guimarães, João Paulo. "Anne Carson, Dementia and the Fractured Self". In Masculinities Living in the Words of Others: Alzheimer’s and Dementia Narratives, edited by Heike Hartung, Rüdiger Kunow and Matthew Sweeney. United Kingdom: Bloomsbury, 2021.
  2. Guimarães, João Paulo. "Zombies, Idades e a Medicalização do Tempo nos Filmes de Pedro Costa". In Envejecimiento y producciones cinematográficas ibéricas, edited by Raquel Medina, Cristina Moreiras, Pilar Rodríguez, Barbara Zecchi. Spain, 2021.
Journal article
  1. Guimaraes, Joao. "The Pulp Vanguard: Bruce Andrews's Noir Series and the Dead-End of Escapist Experimentalism". CounterText 7 3 (2021):
  2. Guimarães, João Paulo. "Sleeping together: Antiquarianism, Anti-Naturalism and Kate Colby’s Narco-Poetics". Nordic Journal of English Studies 17 2 (2018): 29-49. http://dx.doi.org/10.35360/njes.433.
    Open access • 10.35360/njes.433
  3. Guimarães. "‘I Have a Crush on Your Skeleton’: Ecophobia, the Blues, and Captain Beefheart's Lewd(ic) Ecology". Interdisciplinary Literary Studies 20 3 (2018): 385-406. http://dx.doi.org/10.5325/intelitestud.20.3.0385.
    Published • 10.5325/intelitestud.20.3.0385
  4. Guimarães, João Paulo. "“Paint the desert pink”: Islam, Homosexuality and Kazim Ali’s Living Scripture.". Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos 22 (2018): 103-119. http://dx.doi.org/10.12795/ren.2018.i22.05.
    Open access • Published • 10.12795/ren.2018.i22.05
  5. Guimaraes, Joao. "Malleable Bodies and Unreadable Beings: Eduardo Kac and Leslie Scalapino’s Poetics of Un-naming". Anglo Saxonica III 15 (2018): 73-89.
    Open access • Published
  6. Guimarães, João Paulo. "Laughing for Survival: Jokes of Nature and Jokes of Language in Ed Dorn’s Gunslinger". Western American Literature 50 4 (2016): 347-374. http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/wal.2016.0003.
    Published • 10.1353/wal.2016.0003
Magazine article
  1. Guimaraes, Joao. "Review of Rob Fitterman's "This Window Makes me Feel"", Full Stop , 2019, http://www.full-stop.net/.
  2. Guimaraes, Joao. "Review of Andy Martrich's "Ethical Probe of Mixed Martial Arts in the United States"", Full Stop , 2019
  1. Guimaraes, Joao. Escrita Académica: Regras, Estrutura e Colaboração. Coimbra, Portugal: Politécnico de Coimbra. 2019.

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2019/11 Old Freak Child: Lyn Hejinian’s The Unfollowing, Aging and the Epigenetic Development of Giftedness. Society for Literature, Science and the Arts Conference 2019
University of California, Irvine (Irvine , United States)
2019/05 Charles Bernstein’s Grumpy Vanguardism: Old Age, Negativity and the Past to Come. Trent Aging 2019
Trent University (Peterborough , Canada)
2019/05 Old Age Oddities: Late Bloomers and Polymaths Bealtaine Festival: Age and Opportunity
Ballymun Library (Dublin , Ireland)
2018/09 ’Paint the Desert Pink: Islam, Homosexuality and Kazim Ali’s Living Scripture. II Encontro de Jovens Investigadores em Literatura Comparada
Universidade do Porto (Porto , Portugal)
2018/05 Sleeping Together: Antiquarianism, Natural History and Kate Colby’s Narco-Poetics Portuguese Association of Anglo-American Studies Annual Conference
Universidade de Évora (Évora, Portugal)
2016/04 The Life of the Void: Life and the Negation of Sense in Chris Vitiello’s Nouns Swarm a Verb. Poetics: (The Next) 25 Years Conference.
University at Buffalo (Buffalo, United States)
2015/11 Genetic Garbage: Disposable Bodies and Wondrous Beings in P. Inman’s Platin. Society for Literature, Science and the Arts Conference. Rice University 2015
Rice University (Houston , United States)
2014/03 Heartless Darkness: the Erasure of Life and the Disappearance of Nature in Yedda Morrison’s Re-Reading of Conrad’s Classic. Louisville Conference 2014
University of Louisville (Louisville , United States)
2013/10 Apocalyptic Laughter: Jokes of Nature and Jokes of Language in Ed Dorn’s Gunslinger. Society for Literature, Science and the Arts Conference.
University of Notre Dame (South Bend , United States)
2013/03 Leslie Scalapino’s Poetics of Unnaming. Leslie Scalapino Symposium
University at Buffalo (Buffalo, United States)
2013/03 Malleable Bodies and Unreadable Beings: Eduardo Kac and Leslie Scalapino’s Poetics of Unnaming. Subject to Change: Nature, Text and the Limits of the Human.
University of Virginia (Charlottesville , United States)
2011 Rock my Decals Off, Baby: Captain Beefheart, Blues-Rock and the Monstrosity of Otherness. Música, Discurso e Poder
Universidade do Minho (Braga , Portugal)
2010 Captain Beefheart and the Monstrous Rhythms of the Modern Musical Self Beyond the Centers: Musical Avant-Gardes since 1950
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Thessaloniki, Greece)


Thesis Title
Degree Subject (Type)
Institution / Organization
2020/01/01 - Current Enacting Queer Subjectivity: The use of the personal pronoun and form to create and explore the queer self in the work of Frank O’Hara and Sylvia Plath.
English, Drama and Film (Master)
University College Dublin, Ireland
2019/09/01 - Current A Beat Revival: Re-Evaluating the Beat Generation in the 21st Century
BA Honors Thesis in English (Degree)
University College Dublin, Ireland

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2019/12 - 2019/12 WARNING: Difficult! Poetry? Readings by Charles Bernstein, Catherine Walsh and Christodoulos Makris. (2019/12 - 2019/12)
University College Dublin, Ireland

Association member

Society Organization name Role
2019/03/01 - Current European Network of Ageing Studies
2019/03/01 - Current North American Network of Aging Studies
2012 - Current Society for Literature, Science and the Arts

Course / Discipline taught

Academic session Degree Subject (Type) Institution / Organization
2019/09/01 - 2019/12/01 American Poetry and the Book of Nature (Licenciatura) University College Dublin, Ireland
2015/09 - 2015/12 English 201: Composition (Thinking with Videogames) English (Licenciatura) University at Buffalo - The State University of New York, United States
2015/01 - 2015/05 English 101: Composition English (Licenciatura) University at Buffalo - The State University of New York, United States


2008 Bolsa de Mérito - 3rd Best Student of the School of Humanities of the U of Coimbra
2007 Prémio de Excelência Feijó
Universidade de Coimbra Departamento de Línguas Literaturas e Culturas, Portugal
2006 Bolsa de Mérito - Best student of the School of Humanities of the U of Coimbra

Other distinction

2018 Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship
Irish Research Council, Ireland
2018 CEEC Individual 2017 Junior Researcher
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal
2010 Fulbright PhD Scholarship
Fulbright Portugal, Portugal