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Luke Degnan

Visiting Instructor

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Luke Degnan (MFA Writing ’16) is a poet and fiction writer, and was a co-founder and Senior Editor of Pratt’s Graduate Writing journal, The Felt.

Degnan is the co-editor of As Told: Brooklyn Histories a collection of oral histories by Brooklyn-area senior citizens for which he received a 2018-19 Taconic Fellowship from the Pratt Center for Community Development, a 2018-19 Action Grant from Humanities New York, and a 2018-19 Pratt Research Seed Grant.

Degnan is currently working with OpenAi’s GPT predictive text model to produce short fiction, poetry, and song lyrics, focusing on human/AI interaction. The research is contributing to a collaboration with Maria G. Baker—The Shadow of Nothingness—a manuscript of existential horror, written in the form of Yelp reviews.

Most recently, Degnan collaborated with Amir Parsa as editor and architect of {frst rvlt}, an epic that attempts to render the episode of the 1521 revolt launched by enslaved people against their European captors in the Dominican Republic.

BA Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2009
MFA Writing, Pratt Institute, 2016