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Tony Lopez


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.

Professional membership

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.

Research interests

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

2010 Arts Council England: Writer's Award - Only More So
2010 British Academy Overseas Conference Grant: China
2005 AHRC Research Leave: Covers - Composition
2001 British Academy Overseas Conference Grant: USA
1997 Wingate Scholarship in Poetry - False Memory

Creative practice & artistic projects

Nevermore (a folding silkscreen printed poem object) forthcoming from zimZalla, Manchester, 2014.

Homer and Arcadia (2 stone inscriptions) shown at The Dark Would exhibition, Summerhall, Edinburgh, 6 December 2013 - 24 January 2014.

ARE WE NOT ALL PALESTINIAN? (neon), commissioned by Bury Art Museum for the exhibition Time for Light 
5 October 2013 - 1 February 2014.

After (3 stone inscriptions) was commissioned by the Irwell Sculpture Trail, Radcliffe, Manchester in 2012 and is permanently installed on the towpath of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal.

Weymouth Sands (LCD text display) was commissioned by the B-SIDE Festival in Weymouth during the 2012 Olympic sailing events, part of London 2012, Cultural Olympics.
More and More (text animation) shown in the Sentences exhibition, Bury Art Museum, 2011 and purchased for the Bury Art Gallery collection. It has since been shown in the Poetry for the Eye exhibition, TR1 Gallery, Tampere, Finland, 2012; in the Visual Poetics exhibition, South Bank Centre, London, 2013; and in the Ian Hamilton Finlay Weekend at Arnolfini Bristol, 2013.

Works on Paper (letterpress poetry bookwork) published by Crater Press, London, 2011.

See Stephen Burt, "Radial Symmetry 3", in The Art of the Sonnet (edited by Burt and Mikics).Cambridge, MA: Belknap, Harvard University Press, 2010, 389-392.

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.