Dr Russell Evans
School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)
I'm a writer and artist, working in the fields of visual poetry and creative nonfiction. I gained my PhD in visual and diagram poetry. Related research interests include artificial intelligence and digital humanities in poetry; using poetry comics for therapeutic ends; exploring community trauma and personal histories via visual and text work. My poetry comics have been published recently in Heavy Feather Review (issue 12), 3AM magazine (November 2022) and CWP Journal (Fall 2022 issue).
I was a freelance magazine writer for ten years, working for UK consumer magazines as well as The Guardian, focusing on film and media. I had two books about filmmaking published in the US for Routledge imprint Focal Press, both of which were translated into Spanish. My art work has been exhibited in the UK, Italy and New York and I am an artist member of Blue Door Art Center, Yonkers, New York. I am also active in poetry groups and am a member of ArtSpeak poetry group, New York.
Aside from teaching and research I also work with young people facing exclusion from society due to criminality or addiction.
PhD, University of Plymouth 2022
BA (hons) Fine Art, 1986-90, University of Plymouth
Certificate of Education, Exeter University, 2002
Programme manager, FdA Journalism, Exeter College (Plymouth University partner college), 2007 - 2018
Lecturer on critical studies modules, Plymouth Marjon, (AL, Journalism), 2017-18
Responsible for establishing and writing courses for approval: FdA Digital Video (2006) and FdA Journalism (2007)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Roles on external bodies
External approval panel member, University of Gloucester, 2017
Professional writing, employability, poetry, digital poetics, creative non-fiction.
In 2022-23 I am contributing to MA Creative Writing, ENG4003 Craft of Writing 1 and am module lead on Craft of Writing 2 and Feature writing (ENGL618).
My creative practice is centred on creating visual poetry in the form of poetry comics. I also write poetry and cretaive nonfiction.
My research interests are currently focused on using artificial intelligence and data to examine poetry. I am looking at how linguistic features affect Shannon Text Entropy in poetry and at using sentiment analysis to explore online text.
Over eighty articles published in national magazines including Practical DV; Computer Arts; DSLR User; Digital Filmmaker; The Guardian; Digital Arts, Green Parent between 2002 and 2015.
Practical DV Filmmaking (Focal Press, now Routledge), 2002
Second edition, 2005. Translated into Spanish 2006.
Stand Out Shorts (Focal Press, now Routledge), 2010
Translated into Spanish 2011
Rotterdam Akademie van Beeldende Kunsten, 1989
Exe Gallery, 1990
University of Exeter, 1996
Ark Gallery, Oxford, 1998
Wigan Arts Centre, 1998
Arnolfini, Bristol, 2016
LoosenArt, Cagliari, Italy, 2016
Blue Door Gallery, New York, 2017