Beazley Rebecca Kanost


For 20 years, Beazley Kanost has taught college courses that range from “Introduction to Film Media” to “Literature, Philosophy, & the Examined Life.” She grew up on Saipan in the Mariana Islands, then spent many years in Oklahoma before settling in Rhode Island. She is working on a book based on her doctoral dissertation and also on The Ophelia Collection, a group of stories. When she has time, she makes books by hand out of junk and prose poems.


1960s NYC avant-garde film, the Cool, queer gender studies, the work of James Baldwin, Shirley Clarke, and Andy Warhol, contemporary uses of Hegel’s concept of recognition


  • Ph.D., American Literature, University of Rhode Island
  • MFA, Writing Fiction, Brown University
  • M.A., English, University of Oklahoma
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Oklahoma

Selected Publications

“Liquid Slip” (short story), Gingerbread House Literary Magazine, Dec. 2016

“The Agitating Power of Civil Rights Cool in ‘Going to Meet the Man’” in James Baldwin: Challenging Authors. Boston: Sense Publishers, 2014

Off the Hip: A Thermodynamics of the Cool (doctoral dissertation), University of Rhode Island, 2015.