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(p. xiii) List of Contributors

(p. xiii) List of Contributors

Helen Bailey is a postgraduate researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Reading. Her undergraduate degree was obtained from the University of Durham in 2008 and she was awarded a Master’s degree from the University of Reading in 2009. She has written on 1970s British poetry, as well as various aspects of narrative theory in the works of Samuel Beckett, Lawrence Durrell, and Laurence Sterne. She also presented a paper at the Bernard Spencer Centenary Conference in 2009. Her doctoral research explores the connection between music and the concept of ‘spirit’ in the writing of Samuel Beckett.

Andrea Brady is Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, where she teaches both early modern and contemporary poetry. She is the author of English Funerary Elegy in the Seventeenth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), as well as several books of poetry: Mutability (Seagull, 2012), Wildfire: A Verse Essay on Obscurity and Illumination (Krupskaya, 2010), Embrace (Object Permanence, 2005), and Vacation of a Lifetime (Salt, 2001). She is Director of the Archive of the Now (, an online repository of contemporary poetry, and co-editor of the small press Barque.

Peter Carpenter has taught English and Creative Writing since 1980; he currently works at Tonbridge School, was made a Visiting Fellow at the University of Warwick in 2000, and was Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Reading during 2007–8. Just Like That: New and Selected Poems was published by Smith Doorstop in autumn 2012, following five previous collections of poetry, and poems featured in many literary journals including the TLS, Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and The Independent. He has been a co-director of Worple Press since 1997, publishing works from a range of authors including Iain Sinclair, Peter Robinson, and Peter Kane Dufault; he has given talks, and tutored and run writing workshops for many organizations including the Arvon Foundation, Poetry Ireland, the Poetry Trust, and Survivors’ Poetry. He is literary executor to William Hayward and is a regular essayist and reviewer for a number of literary journals including Agenda, The North, and the London Magazine.

Conor Carville is a Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Reading. He is the author of The Ends of Ireland: Criticism, Subjectivity, History (Manchester University Press, 2012) as well as many essays on Irish poetry, fiction, and criticism. His first collection of poetry was published by Dedalus Press in 2012.

(p. xiv) Maximilian de Gaynesforde is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading, having previously been a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford. He has written a number of articles on the relationship between philosophy and poetry, as well as on the philosophy of mind and language. He is the author of I: The Meaning of the First Person Term (Clarendon Press, 2006), Hilary Putnam (McGills-Queens University Press/Acumen, 2006), and John McDowell (Blackwell/Polity Press, 2004), and has edited a volume of essays on the philosophy of action, Agents and Their Actions (Blackwell, 2011).

Simon Dentith is Professor of English at the University of Reading. He has written widely on Victorian topics, and also has interests in contemporary Scottish writing, and contemporary poetry. His most recent book is Epic and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and he has also recently edited Trollope’s Phineas Finn for Oxford World’s Classics.

Martin Dodsworth is Emeritus Professor of English Literature, Royal Holloway, University of London. He has written on poetry for The Review, the London Magazine, The Listener, and The Guardian, and edited The Survival of Poetry (Faber, 1970).

Alice Entwistle is Principal Lecturer in English at the University of Glamorgan. She has published Contemporary Women Poets Writing in and out of Wales (Seren, 2013). Current projects include a critical study of Gwyneth Lewis (University of Wales Press: Writers of Wales), an anthology of modernist and innovative poetries in Wales, edited with John Goodby, and a creative-critical study of Ciaran Carson, co-authored with Kevin Mills.

Iain Galbraith was born in Glasgow and now lives in Wiesbaden, Germany. His work as a poet, translator, and essayist has been widely published in journals and books in the UK and abroad. His most recent book publications include a substantial edited anthology of Scottish poetry in German translation, Beredter Norden: Schottische Lyrik seit 1900 (Edition Rugerup, 2011), and two translated editions of poetry, John Burnside’s Versuch über das Licht (Hanser Verlag, 2011), and W. G. Sebald’s Across the Land and the Water: Selected Poems 1964–2001 (Hamish Hamilton, 2011).

Omaar Hena is an Assistant Professor of English at Wake Forest University where he researches and teaches world anglophone literature with an emphasis on poetry and poetics. He has published in Contemporary Literature, Minnesota Review, and The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. His book manuscript examines contemporary postcolonial poetry and the politics of globality in the work of Paul Muldoon, Derek Walcott, Ingrid de Kok, and Daljit Nagra.

David Herd is the author of two critical works published by Manchester University Press, John Ashbery and American Poetry (2000) and Enthusiast! Essays on Modern American Literature (2007). His collections of poetry include All Just (Carcanet Press, 2012) and Outwith (BookThug, 2012). His recent writings on poetry and politics have appeared in PN Review, Parallax, and Almost Island. He is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Kent, where he directs the Centre for Modern Poetry.

(p. xv) Romana Huk is co-editor of Contemporary British Poetry: Essays in Theory and Criticism (SUNY Press, 1996), editor of Assembling Alternatives: Reading Postmodern Poetries Transnationally (Wesleyan University Press, 2003), and author of Stevie Smith: Between the Lines (Palgrave, 2005). Her thirty-plus essays on contemporary poetry and poetics have appeared in journals and critical collections on either side of the Atlantic. To date, her research interests have ranged from working-class writing to race and performance poetries to, most recently, philosophy and theology as processed by the transatlantic avant-garde. Having taught in both the US and the UK, she returned in 2002 as a senior professor to her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.

Maria Johnston has been the Christopher Tower Lecturer in Poetry in the English Language at Christ Church College, Oxford. She is a regular reviewer of contemporary poetry for a variety of publications in Ireland, the UK, and the United States, and has most recently co-edited (with Philip Coleman) Reading Pearse Hutchinson: From Findrum to Fisterra (Irish Academic Press, 2011).

John Kerrigan is Professor of English 2000 at the University of Cambridge. Among his publications are Revenge Tragedy: Aeschylus to Armageddon (Clarendon Press, 1996) and Archipelagic English: Literature, History, and Politics 1603–1707 (Oxford University Press, 2008). He is completing a book about British and Irish poetry since 1960.

Edward Larrissy is Professor of Poetry and Head of the School of English at Queen’s University, Belfast, where he is affiliated to the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry. Before that he was Professor of English at the University of Leeds, where he led the AHRC project ‘Leeds Poetry 1950–1980’. His books include Reading Twentieth Century Poetry: The Language of Gender and Objects (Blackwell, 1990), Yeats the Poet: The Measures of Difference (Harvester, 1994), and Blake and Modern Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). He has edited Romanticism and Postmodernism (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and W. B. Yeats: The Major Works (Oxford World’s Classics, 2000). Professor Larrissy is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

William May is a Lecturer in English at the University of Southampton. Recent publications include Stevie Smith and Authorship (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Postwar Literature: 1950–1990 (Longman, 2010). He has also guest-edited an issue of Contemporary Music Review (Routledge) on collaborations between contemporary poets and musicians.

Sophie Mayer is the author of The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love (Wallflower, 2009), co-editor of There She Goes: Feminist Filmmaking and Beyond, author of two volumes of poetry, Her Various Scalpels (Shearsman Books, 2009) and The Private Parts of Girls (Salt Publishing, 2011), and a chapbook Kiss Off (Oystercatcher, 2011). Her academic writing on film and poetry has appeared in Screen, SubStance, Studies in Canadian Literature, and Studies in American Indian Literature. She is a regular contributor to Sight & Sound, Eyewear, Hand + Star, Horizon Review, and Sound and Music.

(p. xvi) Leo Mellor is the Roma Gill Fellow at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. He works on modernism, contemporary poetry, post-pastoral nature writing, and war literature. His book Reading the Ruins: Modernism, Bombsites and British Culture was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. His own poetry includes Things Settle and Marsh Fear /Fen Tiger.

Rod Mengham is Reader in Modern English Literature at the University of Cambridge, where he is also Curator of Works of Art at Jesus College. He has written books on Charles Dickens, Emily Brontë, Thomas Hardy, and Henry Green, as well as The Descent of Language (Bloomsbury, 1993). He has edited collections of essays on contemporary fiction, violence and avant-garde art, and the fiction of the 1940s. He is also editor of the Equipage series of poetry pamphlets and co-editor and co-translator of Altered State: the New Polish Poetry (Arc Publications, 2003) and co-editor of Vanishing Points: New Modernist Poems (Salt Publishing, 2005). He has curated numerous exhibitions, most recently, Jake and Dinos Chapman, In the Realm of the Senseless (Rondo Sztuki, Katowice, 2011). His own poems have been published under the titles Unsung: New and Selected Poems (Folio/Salt, 1996; 2nd edn., 2001) and Parleys and Skirmishes with photographs by Marc Atkins (Ars Cameralis, 2007).

Peter Middleton is the author of Distant Reading: Performance, Readership, and Consumption in Contemporary Poetry (Alabama University Press), a book of poems, Aftermath (Salt), co-author with Tim Woods of Literatures of Memory (Manchester University Press), and is currently writing a book on science and poetry. He teaches at the University of Southampton.

Jeremy Noel-Tod is a Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. His poetry criticism has been published widely over the last ten years, and includes essays on J. H. Prynne and W. H. Auden. He is the new editor of The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (formerly The Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Poetry, ed. Ian Hamilton).

Heather O’Donoghue is Reader in Old Norse at the University of Oxford, and a Professorial Fellow of Linacre College. She has published on various aspects of Old Norse-Icelandic literature, including saga narratology and the afterlife of Old Norse myth. She is working at present on a history of the influence of Old Norse myth on poetry in English, from the medieval period to the present day.

Michael O’Neill is a Professor of English at Durham University. He has written widely on Romantic and post-Romantic poetry, and his books include The All-Sustaining Air: Romantic Legacies in British, American, and Irish Poetry since 1900 (Oxford University Press, paperback 2012). With Michael D. Hurley, he is the author of The Cambridge Introduction to Poetic Form (2012). He is also the author of two collections of poetry, The Stripped Bed (Collins Harvill, 1990) and Wheel (Arc, 2008).

(p. xvii) Piers Pennington is completing a doctoral thesis on modern poetry at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He is editor of Geoffrey Hill and His Contexts (with Matthew Sperling), (Peter Lang, 2011).

Adam Piette is a Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Remembering and the Sound of Words: Mallarmé, Proust, Joyce, Beckett (Clarendon Press, 1996) and Imagination at War: British Fiction and Poetry 1939–1945 (Papermac, 1995). The Literary Cold War: 1945 to Vietnam appeared from Edinburgh University Press in 2009. He is co-editor with Alex Houen of the poetry journal Blackbox Manifold.

Natalie Pollard is a British Academy Research Fellow at the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. She specializes in contemporary British poetry, and has published on Geoffrey Hill, W. S. Graham, and Don Paterson. Her book, Speaking to You: Contemporary Poetry and Public Address, published by Oxford University Press, focuses on how post-1960s poetry uses intimate speech to you to negotiate public tastes and expectations.

Richard Price is Head of Content and Research Strategy at the British Library. His books include The Fabulous Matter of Fact: The Poetics of Neil M. Gunn (Edinburgh University Press) and, with David Miller, British Poetry Magazines 1914–2000 (British Library). He has written on Edward Thomas, Basil Bunting, Ford Madox Ford, Margaret Tait, and Roy Fisher, and curated the exhibitions Ted Hughes: The Page is Printed and Migrant: The Possibility of Poetry at the British Library. His poetry collections include Lucky Day, Rays, and Small World (Carcanet Press). His latest work of fiction is The Island (Two Ravens). He has edited little magazines over several decades, currently Painted, spoken.

John Redmond is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool. He is the author of two collections of poetry published by Carcanet, Thumb’s Width (2001) and MUDe (2008). He has also written a Creative Writing textbook, How to Write a Poem (Blackwell, 2005) and has edited the Selected Poems of James Liddy (Arlen House, 2011). His critical book, Poetry and Privacy: Questioning Public Interpretations of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry is forthcoming from Seren in 2013.

Deryn Rees-Jones is Reader in English Literature at the University of Liverpool. A poet and a critic, she was named as one of the 20 Next Generation poets by the Poetry Book Society. Her most recent books include Consorting with Angels: Modern Women Poets (Bloodaxe Books, 2005), a new edition of Marie Stopes’ novel Love’s Creation (Sussex Academic, 2012), and Burying the Wren (Seren, 2012).

Peter Robinson, the editor of this Handbook, is Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Reading, an award-winning poet, translator from the Italian, and poetry editor for Two Rivers Press. His recent publications include Poetry & Translation: The Art of the Impossible (Liverpool University Press, 2010), Poems by (p. xviii) Antonia Pozzi (Oneworld Classics, 2011), and The Returning Sky (Shearsman Books, 2012), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. He has also edited An Unofficial Roy Fisher (Shearsman Books, 2010), Bernard Spencer’s Complete Poetry, Translations & Selected Prose (Bloodaxe Books, 2011), and the anthologies Reading Poetry (Two Rivers Press, 2011) and A Mutual Friend: Poems for Charles Dickens (Two Rivers Press, 2012). His poetry is the subject of The Salt Companion to Peter Robinson, ed. Adam Piette and Katy Price (2007).

Stephen Romer is a poet, editor, and translator. His most recent collection of poems, Yellow Studio, was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize 2008. He edited 20th Century French Poems for Faber (2002) and Into the Deep Street: 7 Modern French Poets for Anvil (2009). His translation of Yves Bonnefoy’s The Arrière-pays is published by Seagull (2012) and an anthology of fin-de-siècle stories, Decadent French Tales, by Oxford World’s Classics (2013). He is Maître de Conférences at Tours University, and lives in the Loire Valley. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2011.

Zoë Skoulding lectures in the School of English at Bangor University, and has been Editor of the international quarterly Poetry Wales since 2008. Her most recent collection of poems is Remains of a Future City (Seren, 2008), longlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2009. She is a member of Parking Non-Stop, whose CD Species Corridor, combining experimental soundscape with poetry and song, was released by Klangbad in 2008.

Anna Smaill is a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Hertfordshire. She is the author of The Violinist in Spring (Victoria University Press, 2005) and has written widely on contemporary New Zealand literature, including articles on the novelist Janet Frame. Her poetry has been published in journals and anthologies in both the UK and NZ.

Matthew Sperling is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Reading, researching poetry publishing in Britain and Ireland since 1960. He is co-editor of Geoffrey Hill and His Contexts (Peter Lang, 2011), has published essays on contemporary poets including Roy Fisher and J. H. Prynne, and completed a monograph on Hill and philology. Before coming to Reading, he was Fellow by Special Election at Keble College, Oxford, from 2009 to 2012.

Michael Symmons Roberts was born in 1963 in Preston, Lancashire. His poetry has won the Whitbread Poetry Award, and been shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize, the Forward Prize, and twice for the T. S. Eliot Prize. He has received major awards from the Arts Council and the Society of Authors. His continuing collaboration with composer James MacMillan has led to two BBC Proms choral commissions, song cycles, music theatre works and operas for the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Welsh National Opera. Their WNO commission, The Sacrifice, won the RPS Award for opera. He has also published two novels, and is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University.

(p. xix) Jeffrey Wainwright’s Selected Poems (1985), The Red-Headed Pupil (1994), Out of the Air (1999), and Clarity or Death! (2008) are all published by Carcanet Press. His new book of poems, The Reasoner, appeared in autumn 2012. The second edition of his book on the purposes and styles of poetry, Poetry: the Basics, came out from Routledge in 2011. Manchester University Press published Acceptable Words: Essays on the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill in 2006. Until 2008 he was Professor of English at Manchester Metropolitan University. He lives in Manchester, and has a website at <>.

David Wheatley is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of four collections of poetry with Gallery Press and features in The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry. He has edited the Poems of James Clarence Mangan (Gallery Press, 2003) and Samuel Beckett’s Selected Poems 1930–1989 (Faber, 2009).

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