C Dylan Bassett – Albright College

C Dylan Bassett

C Dylan Bassett

Assistant Professor of English

PhD, Literature and Creative Writing, University of California, Santa Cruz

MFA, Creative Writing, The Iowa Writers’ Workshop

BA, Russian, Brigham Young University


C Dylan Bassett is a poet, fiction writer, and Russian-to-English translator. His primary interests are poetry and poetics, theories of literature, histories of the avant-garde, and 20th-century American literature. He has received awards and fellowships from the University of Iowa, the University of California, the Academy of American Poets, and the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts. Bassett has several poetry collections and is at work on his first novel. Before moving to Albright College, he taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, UC Santa Cruz, BYU, and the San Francisco School of the Arts.

Areas of Expertise

  • Creative Writing
  • Modernism/Postmodernism
  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Translation Theory
  • Experimental Writing
  • Histories of the Avant-garde
  • the Institutionalization of Creative Writing


Books In Progress

Gad’s Book: A Novel (excerpts forthcoming in Chicago Quarterly Review)

Translated Books

A Failed Performance: Selected Sketches of Daniil Kharms. Plays Inverse Press. 2018.

Poetry Collections

The Invention of Monsters. Plays Inverse Press. 2015.


Unpainted Shore. Sparkwheel Press. 2015.

Lake Story. Thrush Press, 2014.

No Audience. Alice Blue Books. 2014.

Selected Conference Papers

“Las Vegas and Nietzsche’s Profound Surface.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference. UNLV. November 11, 2021

“On Translating the Avant-garde,” ALTA Translation Conference. University of Rochester. November 10, 2019.

“Non-speech and the Convulsive Body in the Plays of Daniil Kharms.” Surrealisms Conference of the ISSS. Bucknell University. November 4, 2018.

“Translating Nonsense.” ALTA Translation Conference. Indiana University. November 1, 2018.

“Politics of the Small Press.” Association of Writers & Writing Programs. March 7, 2018.

“Poetics of Process.” New Narrative Conference. University of California, Berkeley. October 13, 2017.