Professor Anthony Caleshu

Professor Anthony Caleshu


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


* Professor of Poetry

* Programme Manager, MA Creative Writing

* Peninsula Arts Literature Series Coordinator


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 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

Contemporary Literature (poetry, fiction)

Creative Writing

19th and 20th C American Literature

Research interests

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


Research degrees awarded to supervised students

I've supervised 4 successful PHDs in Creative Writing (fiction and poetry). I'm Director of Studies of an additional 4 current PHD candidates working on poetry and novels, investigating such topics as 'Painterly Poetics: Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Cole Swensen';  'Ekphrastic Possibilities in Modern Japanese Fiction'; and 'Tharu Poetry'.

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.

Research groups

  • Centre for Humanities, Music and Performing Arts Research (HuMPA)
  • English and Creative Writing
  • 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: