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 Dan Rebellato, BA (Bristol), PhD (London): He is a playwright and his work has been performed across Britain, and in Germany, Spain, Italy and the United States. He has written for stage and radio, individually and collaboratively, for drama, comedy and live art. His stage plays include Showstopper (1997), Here’s What I Did With My Body One Day (2004), A Modest Adjustment and Outright Terror Bold and Brilliant (2005), Mile End (2007), Static (2008), Beachy Head and Theatremorphosis (2009), and Chekhov in Hell (2010). His radio plays include Emily Rising (2001), Cavalry (2008), And So Say All Of Us (2010), and adaptations of John Wyndham’s The Midwich Cuckoos, Nikolaj Gogol’s Dead Souls and Douglas Coupland’s Girlfriend in a Coma. He has published widely on modern and contemporary theatre, including 1956 and All That (Routledge, 1999), Theatre & Globalization (Palgrave, 2009) and Contemporary European Director’s Theatre (Routledge, 2010). He teaches on the Drama, Creative Writing and Philosophy degrees.
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.
Dr. Kristen Kreider, BA (Indiana University), MA (Arizona State University), PhD (University College London) is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Royal Holloway, University of London. Since taking this position in 2008, she has sought to promote an interdisciplinary, socially engaged approach to contemporary poetry and poetics, and to encourage a rigorous dialogue between creative and critical practice. Situating her own research in the expanded field of contemporary writing and text-based art practice, Kristen is currently completing a monograph entitled Material Poetics: Sign, Subject, Site. She is a co-ordinator of the POLYply event series at the Centre for Creative Collaboration, University of London, and an active member of the Poetics Research Group at Royal Holloway and the Slade Word and Image Forum at the Slade School of Fine Art.
As a poet, Kristen collaborates with architect James O’Leary. The work of Kreider + O’Leary engages with the particularities of a given site – be this a physical, architectural location or more abstract locus of creative intent – in order to open up meaning. The work takes on many forms including performance, installation and time-based media and has been exhibited in the UK as well as internationally in Europe, Australia, Japan and the United States. See: http://www.kreider-oleary.net
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.