BA Literature (Essex) 1980, PhD English (Cambridge) 1986.
Educated at the University of Essex and at Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge, Tony Lopez taught at Cambridge, Leicester and Edinburgh Universities, before joining the University of Plymouth as a lecturer in 1989. Author of more than 25 books of poetry, fiction and criticism, his best known and most widely anthologized work is False Memory (2003). He was appointed the first Professor in Poetry in 2000 and Emeritus Professor in 2009. He now works self-employed on public art projects incorporating text, and since September 2012 he has a part-time research post at the University as Professor of Poetry.
Council for College and University English
Roles on external bodies
Arts Council England, South West: Council Member (2009-2013)
Studies in Liminality and Literature, University Autonoma Madrid: Editorial Board Member
New Writing: Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing: Editorial Board Member
Basil Bunting Poetry Archive, University of Durham: Advisory Member
Staff serving as external examiners
University of Essex: MA Modern Literature, Creative Writing, 2003-2007;
Bath Spa University: MA Creative Writing, 1999-2002;
PhD Examining for Cambridge; Edinburgh; Glamorgan; University of the West of England, Bristol; Bath Spa University.
Composition, Material Poetries and Language Art, Public Art, Contemporary Poetry in English, Modernism and Late Modernism, American Literature, Poetry and Performance. Currently working on new poems and public art projects.
Grants & contracts
2001 British Academy Overseas Conference Grant: USA
1997 Wingate Scholarship in Poetry - False Memory
Creative practice & artistic projects
The Text Festivals: Language Art and Material Poetry (ed), Plymouth: University of Plymouth Press, 2013.
Only More So, Bristol: Shearsman, 2012 (published in USA by University of New Orleans Press, 2011).
Darwin, Dartington: Acts of Language, 2009.
Poetry and Public Language (co-edited with Anthony Caleshu), Exeter: Shearsman, 2007.
Covers, Cambridge: Salt, 2007.
Meaning Performance: Essays on Poetry, Cambridge: Salt, 2006
False Memory, Cambridge: Salt, 2003.
Devolution, Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 2000.
Data Shadow, London: Reality Street, 2000.
'Susan Howe's Visual Poetics', Etudes Anglaises, 61 & 62 (2008) 202-214.
'Poetics and Institutional Embarrassment', PORES, 5 (2008)
'Not Reading "After" ' (poem), Shearsman, 73 & 74 (2007) 71-75.
‘from Only More So’ (prose poems), Practice: New Writing + Art, 2 (2007) 145-148.
‘from Giant Steps’ (prose poems), Dispatx (internet) 2007
‘The White Room in the New York Schoolhouse’, in Steve Clark and Mark Ford, Something We Have That They Don’t: British and American Poetic Relations since 1925, Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004, 137-150.
‘“Powder on a Little Table”: Ted Berrigan’s Sonnets and 1960s Poems’, Journal of American Studies, 36 (2002) 281-292.