Professor Anthony Caleshu

Professor Anthony Caleshu

Associate Head of School - English and Creative Writing

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

I'm the author of various books of poetry, fiction, and criticism. My fourth book of poems, A Dynamic Exchange between Us, was published by Shearsman in 2019. My most recent book of criticism is as editor of In the Air: Essays on the Poetry of Peter Gizzi (Wesleyan UP, 2018)). Earlier creative work includes The Victor Poems (Shearsman, 2015), which received some nice reviews in The Manchester Review and the Times Literary Supplement. My second book of poems, 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 2016, I began the new poetry venture, Periplum, dedicated to publishing pamphlets, broadsides, books, and digital videos of a selectively slim sample of some extraordinary contemporary poetry ( -- poets like Peter Gizzi, Mark Ford, Heather Phillipson, Rae Armantrout, Vahni Capildeo). From 2007-2015, I was founding Editor of 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 Mary O' Donoghue.  I've worked at Plymouth since 2003, and became Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing in 2013. I'm currently the Programme Manager of the MA Creative Writing, and Deputy Director of the Doctoral College for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. I've supervised over 10 PhDs in Creative Writing (all genres) over the past 20 years and especially invite candidates working on poetry and fiction.  





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). 

Roles on external bodies

I've been an external examiner and/or consultant for a number of BA and MA programmes at several Universities (including Winchester, Birmingham, Kent, and Dublin City University) and have examined PhDs in both English and Creative Writing at Universities such as University of Kent, Trinity College, Dublin, University of Manchester, and University College, London. I've been a peer reviewer for various journals and presses, including: University of Liverpool Press, University of Dublin Press, Irish Association of American Studies Journal; Modern Philology (Chicago), and Irish Centre for Poetry Studies Journal (POST).

Teaching interests

My teaching interests include Creative Writing, Contemporary Literature (poetry, fiction), and American Literature. I've supervised 10+ PhDs in Creative Writing (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction), with accompanying critical dissertations in a wide variety of areas, including: contemporary Nepalese women's poetry, Japanese ekphrastic fiction, the legacy of the Black Mountain poets, and early modern American women's narratives. 

Research interests

Contemporary Literature and Creative Writing


Research degrees awarded to supervised students

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


Creative Writing: 

A Dynamic Exchange between Us (Shearsman, 2019) -- Book of Poetry

The Victor Poems (Shearsman, 2015) -- Book of Poetry 

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

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

 The Siege of the Body and a Brief Respite (Salt, 2004) -- Book of Poetry

As Editor: 

Founding Ed. Periplum,a small poetry press publishing pamphlets, books, broadsheets and digital interviews of poets in conversation with the editor. Authors include: Mark Ford, Peter Gizzi, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Heather Phillipson, and Edward Clarke

Founding Ed. Short FICTION:The Visual Literary Journal (an annual of circa 192pp). 2007-2015. Since 2015, Contributing Editor.


Ed. Anthony Caleshu, In the Air: Essays on the Poetry of Peter Gizzi (Wesleyan UP, 2018).

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

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


Recent Publications: 

Webpage for The Victor Poems (Shearsman 2015).

Webpage for In the Air: Essay on the Poetry of Peter Gizzi (Wesleyan University Press, 2018).