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Joe Neary

Joe Neary is a PhD Candidate in English Literature at The University of Kentucky, where he serves on the editorial team of disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory. His research centers on explorations of the self in contemporary American literature, from autofiction and autotheory, to the memoir and personal essay.  Alongside his academic work, he is a co-founding editor of the literary magazine, Flyover Country (@countryliterary), and regularly contributes creative works and criticism to other independent publications.

Prior to returning to graduate school, he spent several years working in business development and management positions, most recently in the SaaS industry.

Selected Publications:



"The Letters of Memory in Cleave." Review of Cleave, by Holly Pelesky. The Chicago Review of Books, 26 August 2022. 

"The Space to Become Oneself." Review of Perfect Black, by Crystal Wilkinson. The Cleveland Review of Books, 6 January 2022.

“‘Trudging Through the Ruins and the Relics’: Spring Breakers, Midnight Cowboy, and the Expansive Spirit of the Western Under Capitalist Realism.” the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the north, vol. 13, no. 3, July 2021, pp. 78-101. 


Creative Writing

"June 12, 2012," Past Ten, 14 June 2022. 

"Exiting the Narrative," Ample Remains, no. 7, April 2022. 

"Cigar Smoke," Olney Magazine, 11 August 2021.