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Anthony Caleshu


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Professor Anthony Caleshu

  • Job title: Professor, School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)
  • Address: Room 8, 5 Portland Villas, Drake Circus,
    Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
  • Postal address: Room 6 Portland Villas, Faculty of Arts, Drake Circus,
    Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
  • Telephone: +441752585106
  • Facsimile: +441752585106
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*Professor of Poetry

* Programme Manager, MA Creative Writing

REF Co-ordinator 

Qualifications & background

Ph.D. English, 2002

National University of Ireland, Galway.

MFA Creative Writing, 1997

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA.

BA English, 1992

Lafayette College, Easton PA, USA.


Professional membership

National Association of Writers in Education (UK)
British Association of American Studies
Irish Association of American Studies

Roles on external bodies
2010-2013, University of Winchester, External Examiner, BA English and Creative Writing

2010-2013, University of Birmingham, External Examiner, MA Creative Writing

2010, PhD English Literature, External, University of Manchester

2009, PhD External, Creative Writing, University of London

April 2006, External Consultant to Ruskin College, Oxford on their proposed 'BA English and Creative Writing' programme.

Peer reviewer for Irish Association of American Studies Journal and Irish Centre for Poetry Studies Journal, POST. 


Teaching interests

Contemporary Literature (poetry, fiction)

Creative Writing

19th and 20th C American Literature


Research interests

Creative Writing: 20th and 21st Century Poetry, Fiction, Drama



UoP Research group membership

Centre for Humanities, Music and Performing Arts Research (HuMPA) 
English and Creative Writing 
Transatlantic Exchanges Forum 

Research degrees awarded to supervised students
I've supervised 3 PHDs to completion in Creative Writing. I'm Director of Studies of 4 current PHD candidates (and on the supervisory team of one other).  

Grants & contracts
Arts Council England, Individual Artists Grants: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 (£3500-£4750), for editing and publishing of Short FICTION journal.

Romanian Cultural Institute, Start up Series Editor for the University of Plymouth Press Bid to publish 20 Romanian Writers Series, 2009-2011. One of the team responsible for granting of publishing award of £77,000+ from RCI. 

A selection of recent poetry, fiction, drama, and criticm as below:  



Of Whales: In Print, In Paint, In Teeth, In Wood, In Sheet-Iron, In Stone, In Mountains, In Stars, In Tea-leaves, On Dinner Plates, On Belt Buckles, In Coin, At Sea. Cambridge: Salt Publications, 2010.

The Siege of the Body and a Brief Respite. Cambridge: Salt Publications, Spring 2004.

Recent Anthologies and Magazines:

Five poems, 'Whale Watching', 'Last Voyage', 'Wonderfullest Thing', 'The Honour and Glory of Whaling', 'Bukington'. Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, Forthcoming.

Five poems, 'The Victor Poems, Boston Review. Nov.Dec 2010: pp 64-65.

‘Augury,' and 'Early Morning, Forecastle’, The Manchester Review. Online. Forthcoming, Spring 2009.

'Everything I Know I Owe to Moby Dick'. Times Literary Supplement (28 Nov 2008): 28.

‘The History of Rinaldo Rinaldini, Captain of Banditti’, The London Magazine (Aug-Sept
2008): 17-18.

‘Still Song,’ Times Literary Supplement. (8 August, 2008): 23.

Two Poems, 'There's More to Whaling than Whales', 'Writers' Rooms, Anthony Caleshu, in The Guardian, Photo by Eamonn McCabe', Agni Online. September 2008.

'Of the Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales', Times Literary Supplement, March 9, 2007: 4.

Seven Poems, The New Irish Poets. Ed. Selina Guinness. Newcastle: Bloodaxe Books, 2004.



Churchtown: The Tale of Suzy Delou and Faye Fiddle. London: Roast Books. 2008.
Winner of 'Great Little Reads' competition.

Recent Magazines:

'The Beating'. The Dublin Review 41. forthcoming, Spring 2011.

'The New Suit'. The Dublin Review 32. Autumn 2008: 51-64.



Reconfiguring the Modern American Lyric: The Poetry of James Tate. London: Peter Lang, 2011.

Chapters and Articles:

'Surrealism, Sexuality, and Humour in the Poetry of James Tate', book chapter forthcoming in Poetry and Sexuality, Ed. Andrew Sneddon and Glennis Byron. London: Rodopi, 2008. PP 281-298.

‘”Dramatizing the Dreadful”: Affective Postures in The Dream Songs’, book chapter in After Thirty Falls: New Essays and   Reflections on John Berryman. Ed. Philip Coleman and Philip McGowan. London: Rodopi, 2007. PP 101-120. 


Poetry and Public Language. Eds. Tony Lopez and Anthony Caleshu. Exeter: Shearsman, 2007.
A book of criticial essays which is based on the conference of the same name, held at UoPlymouth  in May 2007. Contributors include Lyn Hejinian, Barrett Watten, Peter Middleton, and Robert Hampson.

Short FICTION. Founder and Editor. Issues 1-4 to date. 
A literary/visual arts journal, with Arts Council England funding and Contributing Editor support (including Ali Smith, Toby Litt, Helen Oyeyemi, Mike McCormack, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, and Jayne Anne Phillips).


My play 'Our Beautiful Reality' received a rehearsed reading at The Hidden City Festival, Plymouth, 30 Sept 2008. It was also included in 'The Best of the Fest'.


Reports & invited lectures
I've given recent poetry readings and/or talks on creative writing at University of Bolton, Bath Spa University, Exeter Uncut Poets, The Language Club (Plymouth), The English Speaking Union, and The University of Plymouth. 

Conferences organised
* 18-20 May 2012: Contemporary Poetry and Source Conference, 50 delegates, co-organized with Lytton Smith. * 31 May -April 1, 2007: Poetry and Public Language Conference, 50 delegates, on the UPlymouth and Dartington campuses, co-organized with Tony Lopez, John Hall, and Mark Leahy 


My webpage with publisher, Salt.