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Adrian Armstrong (SLLF)

Tamara Atkin (SED)

Shahidha Bari (SED)

Andrea Brady (SED); Founding Director of the Centre

Noelia Diaz-Vicedo (Language Centre)

Omar Garcia (SLLF), Director of the Centre, with Susan Rudy (SED)

Robert Gillett (SLLF)

Rachael Gilmour (SED)

Suzanne Hobson (SED)

Peter Howarth (SED)

Julian Ingle (Thinking Writing)

Anne Janowitz (SED)

Jordi Larios (SLLF)

Catherine Maxwell (SED)

Brandon Mechtley (EECS)

Leonard Olschner (SLLF)

Julie Pinborough (Laws)

Mark Plumbley (EECS)

Kirill Postoutenko (SLLF)

kitt price (SED)

Matthew Purver (EECS)


Nisha Ramayya

Margaret Reynolds (SED)

Matthew Rubery (SED)


Susan Rudy (SED), Director of the Centre, with Omar García (SLLF)

Reza Tavakol (Physics and Astronomy)


Patricia Silva-Mcneill (ILAS)

Kiera Vaclavik (SLLF)

Else Vieira (SLLF)

Founding Director of the Centre: Andrea Brady (SED): founder of Barque Press (a small poetry press supported by the Arts Council) and a published poet who has performed her work extensively and has excellent links to an international community of poets, Brady’s critical work includes both early modern and contemporary avant-garde poetry. She is founder and director of the Archive of the Now, a major digital resource which archives performances by poets of their own work. Supported by grants from the Westfield Trust and the Centre for Public Engagement, the Archive has hosted a poet-in-residence (2013) who produced new work for the site as well as leading a series of workshops for secondary school students.


Adrian Armstrong (SLLF): Professor of late medieval French literature, particularly poetry, he received a large grant from the AHRC for a collaborative project on ‘Poetic Knowledge in Late Medieval France’ (2005 – 2009). His current AHRC-funded project (2012-15) will produce new scholarly editions of poetry (in both French and Dutch) from the late medieval Burgundian Netherlands.


Tamara Atkin (SED): early modernist whose Psalm Culture Network includes a focus on poetry in the 15th to 17th centuries.


Shahidha Bari (SED): a lecturer in Romanticism with research interests in poetry (Keats, Shelley and Byron), as well as the philosophy of poetics.


Noelia Diaz-Vicedo (Language Centre): a teaching fellow in Spanish, she is also a poet.


Omar Garcia (SLLF): Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Poetics, his research includes Spanish and Cuban poetry and the poetics of exile and resistance.


Robert Gillett (SLLF): director of The Voice Seminar, he has hosted poetry events, including poetry readings, a dialogue between a poet and a neuroscientist (December 2012) and theoretical discussions about the voice itself. His work on poetry is centred on contemporary German-language poets including Friederike Mayröcker, Thomas Rosenlöcher, and Richard Leising, and he teaches a module on poetry to first year students of comparative literature.


Rachael Gilmour (SED): research interests include contemporary poetry, multilingualism, and language politics. Rachael also runs a programme of schools workshops on multilingualism in/and literature, including poetry.


Suzanne Hobson (SED): lecturer in the English department, Hobson’s research focuses on modernism and literary theory, and has published on religion and belief, literary angels, and travel, and on poets including Mina Loy.


Peter Howarth (SED): has published several major monographs on modernist poetry and genres, including the sonnet, and is collaborating on a project on poetry and anthropology with Professor R. H. Layton at Durham. He is soon to submit a proposal to the AHRC for a project on Modernist performance aesthetics.


Julian Ingle (Thinking Writing): his work includes translation, English language teaching, philosophy and history of ideas.


Anne Janowitz (SED): a distinguished critic of Romantic as well as contemporary poetry, Janowitz is now finishing a major project on 18th century poetry and the cosmos.


Jordi Larios (SLLF): Director of the Centre for Catalan Studies, poet and critic.


Catherine Maxwell (SED): a scholar of Victorian poetry, particularly Swinburne (Maxwell organised an international centenary conference about his work in 2009), whose current project on perfume in Victorian literature and culture draws on both poetry and prose. With Stefano Evangelista, she edits a series of Aesthetic and Decadent Texts for the MHRA Critical Texts series.


Brandon Mechtley (EECS): a Research Assistant in the Computing Science department, whose interests include acoustic ecology, bioacoustics, acoustic information retrieval, and sound synthesis and modelling.


Leonard Olschner (SLLF): Chair of Comparative Literature, he has published widely on German poetry, Holocaust literature, and translation and translation theory.


Julie Pinborough (Laws): manager of the Legal Advice Centre (LAC).

Mark Plumbley (EECS): professor of Machine Learning and Signal Processing & Deputy Director of Research, he is Director of the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM). His research interests include the analysis of audio and music signals, including beat tracking, automatic music transcription and source separation, using techniques such as neural networks, information theory, and sparse representations.


Kirill Postoutenko (SLLF): as Marie Curie Research Fellow, Poustoutenko has investigated the theory and history of poetry. His publications include a book on Russian Verse: Meter, Rhythm, Rhyme and Stanza (1996) and The Onegin Stanza in Russian Poetry (1998), as well as multiple articles on comparative verse theory, history of the poetic canon, and the sociology of poetry. His current research examines Normative Poetics and Poetic Norms and the political and ideological uses of poetry.


Katy Price (SED): a lecturer in modernism and a poet, whose research interests include science and poetry. Price has collaborated on sound art installations at the Science Museum, and a project about DNA at Canterbury.


Matthew Purver (EECS): senior lecturer in computing sciences, whose research interests include computational linguistics, natural language processing, dialogue modelling and dialogue systems, computational semantics and pragmatics.


Margaret Reynolds (SED): professor of nineteenth century poetry, she has been a writer and presenter of ‘Adventures in Poetry’ on BBC Radio 4 since 1998. Reynolds has also served on the ‘New Audiences’ committee for the Poet in the City programme, organising events including poetry readings, workshops with business workers, and readings for children. She delivered the British Academy Wharton Lecture in Poetry in 2005, has reviewed contemporary poetry for The Times, and spoken at various poetry festivals.


Matt Rubery (SED): Though not a poetry specialist, Rubery’s work on audiobooks and sound recording of literary works will feed into one of the research themes of the Centre.


Patricia Silva-Mcneill is a postdoctoral research fellow at ILAS. Her research centres on avant-garde poetry, and she is engaged in international collaborations on about the poetry magazine Orpheu and Portugal’s First Modernism. This project which will include a colloquium and exhibition of early twentieth-century cultural magazines.


Reza Tavakol (Physics and Astronomy): professor of mathematics and astronomy, his research concers cosmology, solar and stellar physics, the philosophy of science, and poetry.


Kiera Vaclavik (SLLF): teaches the Constellations Online Anthologies module, aimed at supporting research based learning.


Else Vieira (SLLF): professor of Brazilian and Comparative Latin American Studies, she incorporates poetry in her research on Spanish America, postcolonial theory and film includes extensive work on Brazil and the Brazilian diaspora and landless voices in song and poetry.
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