Professor Robert Hampson, BA (London), MA (Toronto), PhD (London), FEA, FRSA. In addition to his work on Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford – which includes the monographs Joseph Conrad: Identity and Betrayal (Macmillan, 1992), Cross-Cultural Encounters in Joseph Conrad’s Malay Fiction (Macmillan, 2000), and Conrad’s Secrets (forthcoming); the co-edited collections Ford Madox Ford: A Reappraisal (with Tony Davenport, 2002), and Ford Madox Ford and Modernity (with Max Saunders, 2003); and various Penguin editions, he has had a long involvement in contemporary poetry as both a critic and practitioner. He co-edited The New British poetries (with Peter Barry, 1993) and Frank O’Hara Now (with Will Montgomery, 2010). His own poetry has been published since the 1970s. Stride published Assembled Fugitives: Selected Poems, 1973-1998 in 2001, and Shearsman re-published his long poem Seaport in 2008. His most recent poetry publication is the sequence an explanation of colours, which was published by Veer in 2010.
Professor Adam Roberts, MA (Aberdeen), PhD (Camb): His main research interests are in nineteenth-century literature (particularly poetry), Science Fiction, postmodernism and Creative Writing. He is the author of Robert Browning Revisited (Twayne, 1997), Silk and Potatoes: Postwar Arthurian Fantasy (Rodopi, 1998), Science Fiction (Routledge 2000), Fredric Jameson (Routledge New Critical Idiom, 2000) and Victorian Culture and Society: the Essential Glossary (Arnold/Hodder). He edited The Oxford Authors: Robert Browning (Oxford University Press, 1997) and The Oxford Authors: Tennyson (Oxford University Press, 2000). He has published many novels as well as a number of other works including the parodies The Soddit (Gollancz, 2003) and The Sellamillion (Gollancz, 2004).
Dr. Douglas Cowie, BA (Colgate University, New York) MA, PHD (University of East Anglia), is primarily a fiction writer. He is the author of a novel, Owen Noone and the Marauder (Canongate, 2005) and most recently, an essay on John McGahern (Journal of the Short Story in English, 2009). His main literary interest is American poetry and fiction of the 20th Century, in particular the work of Nelson Algren. He also has an interest in the history of Germany, in particular the history of the German Democratic Republic.
Professor Ben Markovits, BA (Yale), MPhil (Oxford) has published five novels, The Syme Papers (Faber, 2004), Either Side of Winter (Faber, 2005), Imposture (Faber, 2007), A Quiet Adjustment (Faber, 2008), and Playing Days (Faber, 2010), a novel about the world of minor league basketball. Childish Loves (Faber, 2011), the final novel in his trilogy about Lord Byron (which includes Imposture and A Quiet Adjustment) will be published in August. He was awarded a fellowship to the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies in 2009, and won a Pushcart Prize for his short story 'Another, Sad, Bizarre Chapter in Human History'. He has published essays, stories, poetry and reviews on subjects ranging from the Romantics to American sports in The Guardian, Granta, Slate, The Paris Review, and The New York Times, among other publications.
Dr Redell Olsen's, BA (Camb), MA (Staffs), PhD (London), publications include: ‘Book of the Fur’ (Rempress, 2000), ‘Secure Portable Space’ (Reality Street, 2004) and the collaboratively edited ‘Here Are My Instructions’ (Gefn Press, 2004). She is the editor of the online journal How2 which publishes modernist and innovative poetry and poetics by women writers. Recent work is available in ‘Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets’ (Shearsman, 2010) and ‘I’ll Drown My Book: ‘Conceptual Writing by Women” (Les Figues Press, 2011). Her recent projects have involved texts for performance and film and include: ‘Newe Booke of Copies’ (2009) and ‘Bucolic Picnic (or Toile de Jouy Camouflage)’ (2009). ‘The Lost Swimming Pool ‘; a site-specific collaboration was commissioned by the Creative Campus Initiative, June 2010. She has recently published articles on Frank O’Hara, Abigail Child and the relationship between contemporary poetics and the visual arts. She is a member of the RHUL poetics research group and a co-ordinator of POLYply reading series at the Centre for Creative Collaboration, University of London.