Department of English

Alex Porco

Associate Professor Alex Porco
Morton Hall 130
(910) 962-2956


Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo
M.A. State University of New York at Buffalo
M.A. Concordia University
B.A. Queen's University (Canada)

Academic Interests

Dr. Porco primarily teaches courses in poetry and poetic theory, Restoration and 18th century literature, and cultural studies; and his courses always situate literary production in relation to other artistic practices, including music, cinema, and the visual arts. Dr. Porco's research focuses on hip-hop music and culture, American and Canadian poetry after 1945, and the theory and practice of the avant-garde. He is currently working on a critical edition of the selected poetry of Steve Venright.

Courses Taught

ENG 212: British Literature since 1800
ENG 335: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature
ENG 364: Studies in Poetry (The Sonnet)
ENG 374: Modern American and British Poetry
ENG 375: American and British Poetry since 1945
ENG 580: Studies in Literature - "And It Don't Stop": The Theory and Practice of Hip-Hop

Major Publications

"'Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em': Hip-Hop, Prosody, and Meaning." From Text to Txting: New Media in the Classroom. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2012. 155-182.

"'The Records Spun My Lonesomeness': A Short Essay on David McGimpsey's 'Ancient Rock Mythology'." New Canadian Poetries, special issue of Open Letter: A Canadian Journal of Writing and Theory. 13.6 (Summer 2008): 17-24.