*Professor of Poetry
* Programme Manager, MA Creative Writing
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.
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.
Contemporary Literature (poetry, fiction)
19th and 20th C American Literature
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.
'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.
* 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