Reading: Nomi Stone, Pinelandia and Kill Class

Join poet-anthropologist and Dartmouth alumna Nomi Stone as she reads from her latest collection, Pinelandia: An Anthropology and Field Poetics of War and Empire.

This reading is co-sponsored by Dartmouth's Department of Anthropology, Department of English & Creative Writing, and South House.

About Pinelandia:

Across the pine forests and deserts of America, there are mock Middle Eastern villages, mostly hidden from public view. Containing mosques, restaurants, street signs, graffiti in Arabic, and Iraqi role-players, these villages serve as military training sites for cultural literacy and special operations, both seen as crucial to victory in the Global War on Terror. In her gripping and highly original ethnography, anthropologist Nomi Stone explores US military predeployment training exercises and the lifeworlds of the Iraqi role-players employed within the mock villages, as they act out to mourn, bargain, and die like the wartime adversary or ally. Spanning fieldwork across the United States and Jordan, Pinelandia traces the devastating consequences of a military project that seeks to turn human beings into wartime technologies recruited to translate, mediate, and collaborate. Theorizing and enacting a field poetics, this work enlarges the ethnographic project into new cross-disciplinary worlds. Pinelandia is a political phenomenology of American empire and Iraq in the twenty-first century.

About the Author:

Nomi Stone is the author of the poetry collections Kill Class (Tupelo Press, 2019) and Stranger’s Notebook (TriQuarterly Books, 2008). She earned an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford University and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University. A former Fulbright scholar in creative writing in Tunisia, she has received poetry fellowships and grants from the Vermont Studio Center and the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, and she has won a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review and The Best American Poetry. Stone is a postdoctoral research fellow in Anthropology at Princeton University.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 10, 2023 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
3 Allen Street
Hanover, NH 03755-2001
Pinelandia: An Anthropology and Field Poetics of War and Empire (Atelier: Ethnographic Inquiry in the Twenty-First Century #8) By Nomi Stone Cover Image
ISBN: 9780520344372
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Published: University of California Press - October 11th, 2022

Kill Class By Nomi Stone Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946482198
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This book is not returnable.
Published: Tupelo Press - February 1st, 2019