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AUTHOR PROFILE


Cara Losier Chanoine is a college English professor and the author of How a Bullet Behaves and Bowetry: Found Poems from David Bowie Lyrics (Scars Publications 2013 and 2016). Her creative work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Red Fez, WINK, and other publications. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Literature and Criticism.


Her scholarly work particularly focuses on the relationships between text and performance in live poetry, an interest partly fostered by her experiences as a four-time competitor at the National Poetry Slam.


Her article "Ethnopoetic Transcription and Multimodal Archives: Toward a More Comprehensive Approach to Slam Poetry Scholarship” appears in the Winter 2023 issue of Oral Tradition.

Cara Losier Chanoine

Philosopher Kings is about the elation and agony of acquiring and imparting knowledge. It is a book about students, teachers, and the spaces in which they become the same people. Especially, it is a love letter to the messiness of learning, to the ways in which it constitutes survival. Learning is hardly ever what we imagine it to be. It happens just as frequently in dive bars and subway cars as it does in the classrooms of august brick buildings. It does not care about the hardships we endure to pursue it. It has no sympathy for what we love or who we lose or how we fail again and again. It only cares that we keep showing up.


This collection interrogates the ways in which we define learning and invokes the banality and chaos attendant to daily life as necessary facets of these definitions. Learning is not quiet or easy, but Philosopher Kings frames it as an adventure that is always worth the struggle.