Dr Isabel Galleymore

Dr Isabel Galleymore

Department of Film and Creative Writing
Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a poet and critic publishing on contemporary poetry, environmental writing and ecocriticism, with a focus on interdisciplinarity. 


  • BA (Hons) English Literature, University of Reading
  • MLitt Creative Writing, University of St Andrews
  • PhD English Literature, “Trope on Trope: Rethinking Nature Writing Pedagogy through Metaphor”


My first poetry collection, Significant Other (Carcanet), won the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize in 2020 and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and Seamus Heaney Poetry Prize. My poetry and criticism have featured widely in magazines such as PoetryPoetry Review and the London Review of Books. My poetry pamphlet, Cyanic Pollens, was published in 2020 and is an account of time as poet-in-residence at the Tambopata Research Centre in the Amazon rainforest in 2016. My academic monograph, Teaching Environmental Writing: Ecocritical Pedagogy and Poetics, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2020. I held the position of Walter Jackson Bate Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study 2022-23. 

Previous to my post at the University of Birmingham, I have taught English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Exeter and the University of Reading. I was awarded a PGCert in Higher Education with Distinction in 2019. 

Postgraduate supervision

I would be interested in proposals regarding ecopoetics, environmental writing, and interdisciplinary practice.

Find out more - our PhD Creative Writing  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


I am a poet and critic publishing on contemporary poetry, environmental writing and ecocriticism, with a focus on interdisciplinarity. Critical works of mine have focused on metaphor, anthropomorphism and comedy with regard to environmental theory and literature. My current creative-critical research is interested in posthumanism, empathy and the methodologies used by environmental psychology.


Recent publications


Galleymore, I 2020, Teaching environmental writing: ecocritical pedagogy and poetics. Environmental Cultures, 1st edn, Bloomsbury Academic. <https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/teaching-environmental-writing-9781350068414/>

Galleymore, I 2019, Significant other. Carcanet. <https://www.carcanet.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=9781784107116>

Galleymore, I 2014, Dazzle Ship. Worple Press.


Galleymore, I 2023, '‘Just a Dumb Bunny’: The Conventions and Rebellions of the Cutified Feminised Animal', Green Letters. https://doi.org/10.1080/14688417.2023.2213700

Galleymore, I 2017, 'The Triumph of Misogyny: An essay on the poet Emily Critchley', Prac Crit. <http://www.praccrit.com/essays/the-triumph-of-misogyny-essay-by-isabel-galleymore/>

Galleymore, I 2013, 'The Dark Ecology of Comedy', Green Letters.


Galleymore, I 2022, Perspective-Taking, Empathy, and Virtuality in Jorie Graham's Fast. in A Johns-Putra & K Sultzbach (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Climate. Cambridge Companions to Literature, Cambridge University Press, pp. 244-254. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009057868.017

Galleymore, I 2018, The Ocean. in M Schmidt (ed.), New Poetries VII: An anthology. Carcanet.

Galleymore, I 2016, What's the world but shine / and seem: Radical Kitsch and Mark Doty's Figurative Poetics. in Dark Nature: Anti-Pastoral Essays in American Literature and Culture. Ecocritical Theory and Practice, Lexington Books, pp. 185.

Book/Film/Article review

Galleymore, I 2017, 'Posthuman Poetics', The London Magazine, pp. 126-132. <https://www.thelondonmagazine.org/article/posthuman-poetics/>

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