Erikson Institute

Current Scholar

Nancy Kuhl is the Winter 2016 Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center.Nancy Kuhl is Curator of Poetry of the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. She is the author of exhibition catalogs, including, Intimate Circles: American Women in the Arts. An award-winning poet, she is the author of poetry collections including Pine to Sound, Suspend, and The Wife of the Left Hand. She has been a Research Fellow at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis since 2012. As an Erikson Scholar in 2016, she will continue an ongoing investigation of multiple intersections between literary archives and the history and theories of psychoanalysis. Her research will help to shape her next major curatorial project: an exhibition exploring models of creative collaboration—including artistic partnership, the artist-muse relationship, creative competition—in the work of artistic pairs including Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, and others (tentatively scheduled for the winter of 2018 at the Beinecke Library).