Most Wanted: A Gamble in Verse. Deck of customized poker-sized playing cards, designed and registered as a book, featuring excerpts from an unpublished manuscript of poetry. Seattle: Last Tangos Editions, 2004.

Exhibitions of Most Wanted:

  • Associated Writing Programs Conference, March 9-11, 2006 (Austin, TX)
  • Wordstock Festival 2006 (Portland, OR)
  • Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair, October 2006 (Seattle, WA)
  • Bumbershoot Festival, 2005 and 2006 (Seattle, WA)
  • Burning Wood Poetry Festival, April 30, 2005 (Whidbey Island, WA)
  • Infinity: 2005 Visual Poetry Exhibition, Harvard University, March 3-April 1, 2005 (Cambridge, MA)
  • Zines Show, Art Books Press, November 13-December 31, 2004 (Seattle, WA)

Reviews, comments, and interviews related to Most Wanted:

  • Jeff Encke. “Spinal Liberation: A Manifesto for Chance Operation” (response to Nathan Moore for his Just One Thing feature). Read Write Poem. January 19, 2010.
  • Sarah Vap. “Jeff Encke Potty Trained My Son While I Wrote This, and Other Miracles of the Gamble in Verse.” Hayden’s Ferry Review Blog. October 5, 2009.
  • Alexis Vergalla. “I was taught to read in a linear fashion” (review). Web Del Sol Review of Books. Issue 6. 2009.
  • Jeremy Voigt. “Most Wanted: A Gamble in Verse” (review). Arbutus: Reviews & Criticism.
  • Pirooz Kalayeh. “In Dialogue: Encke and Kalayeh” (interview). BABEL Webzine. January 2007.

Poems in journals:

“ah, they speak true” and “to accede an armchair.” Forthcoming from Mayday.

“liberate,” “obey,” “if one comes out ahead,” “smoke signals,” and “two hundred signs in most general use.” Forthcoming from Sugar Mule. []

“He who sows everywhere harvests nowhere.” Grist: The Journal for Writers. 8 (Spring 2015): 115.

“a name gnaws at him.” Lines + Stars. 10 (Fall/Winter 2013).

“Iron Spider” and “Mouth Pear.” A Bad Penny Review. 4.1 (Winter 2013).

“I live out of habit,” “daily life was cloudless,” “the books lay on their sides,” and “family name, given name, parents’ occupation.” PageBoy. 6 (Fall 2013): 11-14.

“Here in the Birthplace of Cilantro” and “Divide and Conquer Algorithm for the Pacifist.” Boston Review38.4 (July/August 2013): 51 and 73.

“Sloping Interrogative Melodies,” “No Fresh Light,” “A Twinkle in an Old Blue Eye,” and “Written in the Ash of Winter-Cherries.” Cascadia Review. 3 (Spring 2013). []

“No Egrets.” Typo. 17 (2012). []

“A Glutton Digs with the Teeth” and “The Garden Loves a Fog.” American Poetry Review. 41.6 (Nov/Dec 2012): 18.

“I committed a theft,” “my lips discovered my mouth,” “the ceremony remained limp,” and “the heavy labor.” PageBoy. 4 (Winter 2012): 35-38.

“about the eggs we have laid,” “kill, fly faster,” “so spectacular matters, “still it’s only Purgatory,” and “they are overawed beasts.” Menacing Hedge. Winter 2012. []

“I had an epic mind” and “a well-written book never does harm.” Floating Bridge Review. 4 (2011): 8-9.

“how you can tell about the weather.” Fact-Simile. 7 (2011): 30.

“Well Diver.” Verdad. 10 (Spring 2011). []

“Hamid Raja Shalah Al-Tikriti,” “Humam Abd Al-Khaliq Abd Al-Ghafur,” “Ayad Futayyih Khalifa Al-Rawi,” “Yahya Abdallah Al-Ubaydi,” and “Muzahim Sa’b Hasan Al Tikriti.” Stand Magazine. 10.1 (Winter 2010): 15-16.

“persons whose houses blow up.” Dark Sky Magazine. 7 (Winter 2010). []

“an extra one for your friends,” “boundless ocean, where I hope to meet her,” and “a great clog to a man’s conscience.” Retort Magazine. April 28, 2010. []

“Uday Saddam Hussein” and “Taha Muhyi Al-Din Maruf.” Strange Machine. 4 (Winter 2010). []

“Pythagoreans so firmly committed,” “a sad life,” “because I, who am,” “if you exclude me,” and “playing, laughing, as if gods.” E·ratio. 13 (2010). []

“teardrops on the lashes of his unopened eyes,” “you shall hear what I have done,” “did unwillingly let fall,” “artificial fire, for rich and poor,” and “on the hummocky periphery.” Counterexample Poetics. Featured artist. August 2009. []

“Tariq Aziz” and “Barzan Abd Al-Ghafur Sulayman Majid Al-Tikriti.” Memewar Magazine. Vancouver, BC. 9 (Summer 2009): 16-17.

“another composition that makes a white and beautiful fire.” Memorious. 12 (June 2009). []

“a full-grown man in his ear,” “the message of the dolls,” and “he drifted toward uselessness.” Kenyon Review Online. June 2009. []

“that old crutch, God” and “the aorta, more noise than life.” American Poetry Review. 38.3 (May/June 2009): 47.

“death is but a bad half hour to the wicked,” “a prelude to her bones hanging elsewhere,” and “the sun with a glitter of knives.” 42opus. May 6-12. []

“+Q and –Q” and “being unable.” Otoliths. 13 (May 2009). []

“without having thundered in secret” and “theory cannot account for soft hail.” Cannibal. Brooklyn, New York: Cannibal Books. 4 (Spring 2009): 72-73.

“The Water in Which One Drowns Is Always an Ocean.” Starting Today: Poems for the First 100 Days.  March 9, 2009. []

“Tahir Jalil Habbush Al-Tikriti.” Evergreen Review. Winter 2009. []

“her tongue proceeded” and “a great clog to a man’s conscience.” Barrow Street. 10th Anniversary Issue (Winter 2008): 70-71.

“from Mount Spurr.” Moria. 11.2 (Fall 2008). []

“The Miraculous Fasting Spittle Cures of Bridget Bostock.” Selections appeared in Pontoon: An Anthology of Washington State Poets, Number 11. Seattle: Floating Bridge Press, 2008.

“the cabins of rhythm,” “death, the great scandal,” “your head so worth knowing,” “a prophet,” and “one eye for sight.” Left-Facing Bird. April 2008. []

“Early,” “Towers of Light,” and “Freakus.” Pistola: A Literary Journal of Poetry Online. April 2008. []

“the strikers, full of murderous intent, moved quietly,” “pitchfork in hand, two sturdy sons,” and “can’t stand on ceremony.” Cannibal. Brooklyn, New York: Cannibal Books. 3 (January 2008): 43-45.

“Sultan Hashim Ahmad Al-Tai” and “Hani Abd Al-Latif Tilfah Al-Tikriti.” Bat City Review. Austin: University of Texas at Austin. 3 (Spring 2007): 120-21.

“Taha Muhyi Al-Din Maruf,” “Muhammad Mahdi Al-Salih,” “Qusay Saddam Husayn Al Tikriti,” and “Sayf Al-Din Al-Mashhadani.” Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. New York: Columbia University. 44 (Spring 2007): 146-54.

“Barzan Ibrahim Hasan Al-Tikriti,” “Jamal Mustafa Abdallah Sultan Al-Tikriti,” “Mahmud Dhiyab Al-Ahmad,” and “Amir Hamudi Hasan Al-Sadi.” BABEL Webzine. Stavanger, Norway: International Cities of Refuge Network. Spring 2007. []

“Mizban Khadr Hadi,” “Izzat Ibrahim Al-Duri,” and “Muhsin Khadr Al-Khafaji.” Blue Fifth. Summer 2006. []

“Sa’d Abdul-Majid Al-Faisal Al-Tikriti,” “Latif Nusayyif Jasim Al-Dulaymi,” and “Aziz Salih Al-Numan.” 42opus. April-May 2006. []

“Sluice.” Barrow Street. New York: Barrow Street. Winter 2005: 43.

“Office of Lead Hazard Control,” “Office of Insular Affairs,” “Central Intelligence Agency,” “Nuclear Regulating Commission,” and “Office of Indian Education.” elimae. Fall 2005. []

“Fugu.” DIAGRAM. Grand Rapids, MI: New Michigan Press. 5.4 (Fall 2005). []

“Each Formal Reduction,” “The Goldfish,” and “Geographic Tongue.” Nthposition. July 2005. []

“Sabawi Ibrahim Hasan Al-Tikriti.” Fence. 8.1-2 (Summer 2005): 93.

“National Eye Institute” and “Administration on Aging.” Tarpaulin Sky. 3.2 (Summer 2005). []

“Solitude,” “Hitchhiking,” “A Study of Maps,” and “Descending Spirit Lake.” Red China Magazine. Brooklyn, NY. 4.1 (2005). []

“Epitaph.” Redactions: Poetry & Poetics. Spokane, WA. 4-5 (Spring-Summer 2005): 32-3.

“A Short History of Silver.” Poet Lore. Bethesda, MD: The Writer’s Center. 100.1-2 (Spring-Summer 2005): 102.

“Watban Ibrahim Hasan Al-Tikriti,” “Asi Hasan Al-Majid Al-Tikriti,” “Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash,” and “Taha Yasin Ramadan Al-Jizrawi.” Big Bridge. 10 (2005). []

“Hikmat Mizban Ibrahim Al-Azzawi,” “Muhammad Zimam Abd Al-Razzaq Al-Sadun,” “Muhammad Hamza Zubaydi,” and “Rashid Taan Kazim.” Typo. 5 (2005). []

“The Parody of the Frog,” “The Many Escapes from the Body,” and “Searching for In Situ.” Double Room: A Journal of Prose Poetry and Flash Fiction. 5 (Winter/Spring 2005). []

“Chesapeake Sunset.” Black Warrior Review. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama. 31.2 (Spring/Summer 2005): 12.

“Hypochondria in the Age of Deconstruction.” Colorado Review. Fort Collins, CO: The Center for Literary Publishing. 31.1 (Spring 2004): 119.

“Lightbulb,” “On the Myth of the Man Who Hung Himself with Christmas Lights,” “Waiting for Another Sound,” and “Ripped Package.” Octopus Magazine. 2 (Winter 2004). []

“Sea Carrots” and “Fishing with Tubers: Sarawak, 1847.” Yale Anglers’ Journal. New Haven: Yale University. 6.1 (Spring 2003): 21-23.

“Reviewing the World’s Largest Prehistoric Art Gallery,” “For the Philosopher in the Next Room,” and “Numerical Precision and Brick Walls.” Salt Hill. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University. 31 (Winter 2003): 68-70.

“Sinking” and “The Miraculous Fasting Spittle Cures of Bridget Bostock.” 3rd Bed. Central Falls, RI: 3rd Bed. 7 (Fall/Winter 2002): 94-105.

“Halibut” and “Series: Temporary Objects.” Quarterly West. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah. 54.1 (Spring/Summer 2002): 27-29.

“Dwarf Wedding: General Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren, February 10, 1863.” Barrow Street. New York: Barrow Street. Fall 2001: 16-18.

“Earth Lip.” The Northridge Review.  Northridge: California State University, Northridge. Spring 2001: 28.

“Krill” and “Foraging Theory: Dungeness.” 3rd Bed.  Boston: 3rd Bed. 4 (Spring 2001): 90-93.

“At the Bottom of the Ocean.” Barrow Street. New York: Barrow Street. Winter 2001: 80.

“Hydrography: East River, 1876,” “The Wind-Knot Vendor: Finland, 1555,” and“Blue Fox.”  3rd Bed. Bellingham: 3rd Bed. 2 (Spring 2000): 64-69.

“A Pinch of Spice That Draws Blood” and “If I Could Only Convince You To Come.” Pleiades Magazine. Lakewood, CO: Pleiades Productions. 14.1 (Spring 2000): 9.

“Display, Our Burning Home.” Quarterly West. Salt Lake City: University of Utah. 50.1 (Spring/Summer 2000): 9.

“Narcissus.” American Writing. Philadelphia: Nierika Editions. 17 (1998/99): 59-60.

“Dirty Broom Bristles.” American Writing. Philadelphia: Nierika Editions. 10 (1994/95): 66.

“New God, In Training.” Cream City Review. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 18.1 (Spring 1994): 59-61.

“The Laundress.” Jeopardy. Western Washington University. 27 (Spring 1991): 30.

Academic publications and presentations:

“Manifestos.” Entry in The Encyclopedia of the American Counterculture. Eds Karen Karbiener and Gina Misiroglu. New York: M.E. Sharpe. Forthcoming.

“David Lehman” and “James Schuyler’s Hymn to Life.” Entries in Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets. Ed Terrence Diggory. New York: Facts on File, 2009.

“The Birth of Words.” Workshop focused on the origin of language and its relationship to the work of poets. Offered as part of “Write in the Woods,” a day-long conference at Olympic College (Shelton). May 17, 2008. [by invitation]

“Sam Hamill.” Entry in The Facts on File Companion to 20th-Century American Poetry. Ed Burt Kimmelman. New York: Facts on File, 2005.

“First Act.” Translation from Italian. First act of Paolo Baglione, an unpublished, unfinished early play by Futurist poet F.T. Marinetti. Fascicle. Ed Tony Tost. 1 (Summer 2005). [] [by invitation]

“Unwinding the Given.” Critical retrospective of the work of poet Linda Bierds, situated around her 2001 volume The Seconds. First appeared in Octopus Magazine. Eds Tony Tost and Zachary Schomburg. Issue 4 (Winter 2005). []  Reprinted by the Academy of American Poets at []

“The Anatomy Lesson.” Medical humanities workshop on the poetics of care-giving offered as part of a half-day symposium on narrative medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons (Columbia University). October 7, 2004. [by invitation]

“5 Manifestos.” Selection of manifestos edited for 3rd Bed. Providence, RI: 3rd Bed Books. 10 (Spring 2004): 1-37. [by invitation]

“Why I Am Not A Manifestor: Post-War Avant-Gardism and the Manifestos of Frank O’Hara.” Octopus Magazine. Eds Zachary Schomburg and Tony Tost. Issue 3 (Summer 2004). []

“Taking its Pulse: Poetry in the Context of Narrative Medicine.” Essay examining the role of poetry in medical practice and pedagogy presented at Narrative: An International Conference (University of Vermont). April 2004.

“Run-of-the-Mill Lunacy.” Article analyzing tropes of contradiction in Charles Bukowski’s Tales of Ordinary Madness. Journal of American Studies. UK: Cambridge University Press. 37.1 (April 2003): 47-58.

“John Ashbery.” Critical survey of the poet’s works, from Some Trees to Chinese Whispers. Post-War Literatures in English (Eds Linda Hutcheon et al). Groningen, Holland: Martinus Nijhoff. 54 (June 2003): 1-27.

“’New York is everywhere like Paris’: The New York School, MOMA, and the Culture Wars of the 1950s.” Paper presented at Liberalism Under Fire: New York in the 1950s (Columbia University). April 2001.

“Run-of-the-Mill Lunacy: Culture and Counterculture in Charles Bukowski’s Tales of Ordinary Madness.” Paper presented at The Southwest/Texas PCAACA Conference (Albuquerque, NM). March 2001.

“‘Why I am Not a Manifestor’: Frank O’Hara’s Manifestos and the Post-War American Reception of the European Avant-Garde.” Early version of dissertation chapter presented at MANIFESTO, an interdisciplinary conference at Harvard University. May 1998.