Professor Anthony Caleshu

Professor Anthony Caleshu


School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)


I'm the author of various books of poetry, fiction, and criticism. My most recent book is as editor of collection of essays: onograph on James Tate, two edited collections of essays on 'Poetry and Public Language' (Shearman, 2007), and the poetry of Peter Gizzi (forthcoming, Wesleyan UP, 2018)). My most recent book is The Victor Poems (Shearsman, 2015); a recent review appears in the Times Literary Supplement (5-Oct-16) .  My second book, Of Whales: in Print, in Paint, in Sea, in Stars, in Coin, in House, in Margins (Salt, 2010) was named a ‘book of the year’ in The Daily Telegraph. In 2007, I founded  Short FICTION: ‘The Visual Literary Journal’ (an annual), and edited it until 2015, publishing writers such as Marina Warner, Kevin Barry, Julian Gough, Helen Oyeyemi, and Brad Watson. In 2016, I began the new poetry venture, Periplum, dedicated to publishing pamphlets, broadsides, books, and digital videos of the best contemporary poetry ( I've worked at Plymouth since 2003, and became Professor of Poetry in 2013. I'm currently the Programme Manager of the MA Creative Writing, and Director of the Doctoral Training Centre, Faculty of Arts. I've been an external examiner and/or consultant for a number of BA and MA programmes at several other Universities (including Winchester, Birmingham, Kent) and have examined PhDs in both English and Creative Writing at Universities such as Trinity College, Dublin, and University College, London.  


I was educated in the United States and Ireland, receiving my BA English from Lafayette College (1988-1992), MFA Creative Writing/Poetry from University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (1993-1997) Ph.D. English from National University of Ireland, Galway (1998-2002). 

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 various journals and presses, including:  Irish Association of American Studies Journal; Modern Philology (Chicago); Irish Centre for Poetry Studies Journal, POST; University of Dublin Press

Teaching interests

My teaching interests include Creative Writing, Contemporary Literature (poetry, fiction), and 19th and 20th C American Literature. I'm currently Director of Studies for 5 PhD candidates working in the forms of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction -- with critical dissertations exploring a variety of topics, including:  contemporary Nepalese women's poetry, Japanese ekphrastic fiction, and early modern American women's narratives.  

Research interests

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


Research degrees awarded to supervised students

I've supervised a number of PhDs in Creative Writing (fiction and poetry), with critical dissertations on such topics as 'Painterly Poetics: Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Cole Swenson',  'Ekphrastic Possibilities in Modern Japanese Fiction'; and 'Tharu Poetry'.

Grants & contracts

Arts Council England, Individual Artists Grants: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 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 / annual  from RCI.

Research groups

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


The Victor Poems. (Shearsman, 2015).

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

Of Whales: in Print, in Paint, in Sea, in Stars, in Coin, in House, in Margins. (Salt, 2010).

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

The Siege of the Body and a Brief Respite (Salt, 2004). 

As Editor: 

Short FICTION: The Visual Literary Journal (an annual: issue 9 was published October 2015). 

Poetry and Public Language. Eds Tony Lopez and Anthony Caleshu. (Shearsman 2007). 

Over 100 Poems and Fiction have appeared in Journals, Newspapers, Magazines and Anthologies such as 

Times Literary Supplement, The London Magazine, Salamander, Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, 

The Dublin Review, and Boston Review (as winner of the Boston Review Poetry Prize 2010). 

Recent work has appeared as follows:  

'Two Victor Poems': forthcoming Denver Quarterly.

To Be an Epicurean', The Manchester Review, Issue 14 (2015)

'from The Victor Poems', The Best British Poetry 2014 (Ed Mark Ford). 

Mrs. Carbonate, Mrs. Cuttlefish, Mrs. Conundrum', Agni Online (Sept 2014). 

Reports & invited lectures

Recent keynote: 'The First International Conference on Creative Writing' (University of Macedonia, Greece, 2014).

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.


My webpage with publishers, Shearsman and Salt: