I write verse, academic criticism, and literary journalism, in the hope that complex ideas can be communicated in a variety of lively forms: ranging from the Long Eighteenth Century to the present day, I’ve a strong interest in the formal qualities of both verse and prose, and how they relate to historical fact and creative cognition. My next monograph is transatlantic, and concerns ‘spontaneity and form’ in nineteenth and twentieth-century English, US and Indian prose; my second book of poems, The Million-Petalled Flower of Being Here, is out from Bloodaxe next year.
With Sarah Howe and Dai George, I co-edit the online magazine Prac Crit, which combines interviews with close readings; alongside Sandeep Parmar, I’m a selector for the Poetry Book Society. Here's ‘Ginnel’, which I wrote and performed on behalf of Radio Leeds for National Poetry Day; my verse can be read on the Guardian website; and here is a poem, and my latest essay (on Thom Gunn) in Poetry.
As Equality and Diversity lead for EDACS, I arrange a series of events, and am happy to speak with students and staff with any concerns; more information can be found on the intranet page. At Birmingham, I teach primarily on the first-year Poetry module, and am always happy to hear from prospective PhD students in my field.