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Poetics Research Centre



The Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre comprises a number of staff members in the English department with an interest in contemporary poetry and poetics and in the use of text across diverse media: Professor Robert Hampson and Drs Kristen Kreider, Will Montgomery and Redell Olsen. Among the research specialisms of the centre are contemporary writing of the modernist tradition, site-specific writing, performance, sound art, the British Poetry Revival, conceptual poetics and radical lyric. The Poetics Research Centre embraces both theoretical and practice-based work: in parallel with their critical activities, Professor Hampson and Drs Olsen and Kreider are writers, while Dr Montgomery works with sound.

The Poetics Research Centre is integral to the dynamic research culture in poetry and poetics at Royal Holloway. Its members welcome approaches from prospective students interested in Creative Writing and Practice-based PhDs.

The principal activities of the Poetics Research Centre are:

The RHUL Poetics Research Centre has links with the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre at Birkbeck, the Centre for Modern Poetry at the University of Kent, the Centre for Creative Writing at Southampton, London University’s Centre for Creative Collaboration, and with similar groups in Paris and the US.

Professor Robert Hampson has had a long-standing involvement in contemporary innovative poetry. He co-edited the magazine Alembic during the 1970s and the occasional magazine purge in the 1990s. He co-edited the pioneering critical volume, The New British Poetries: The scope of the possible (Manchester University Press, 1993) with Peter Barry, and, more recently, Frank O'Hara Now (Liverpool University Press, 2010) with Will Montgomery and a volume of essays and reminiscences, CLASP: Late Modernist poetry in London in the 1970s (Shearsman, 2016), with ken Edwards. He is currently co-editing a volume of essays on Allen Fisher. After many years co-organising the TALKS series which Bob Perelman set up in London, he now co-organises the Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar at the IES. He has also co-organised various reading series including, most recently, Amid the Ruins (with Prue Chamberlain and Carrie Foulkes) at the Daniel Blau Gallery. He has been a judge for the English Association Poetry Competition and for the Michael Marks Awards. Stride published his Selected Poems 1973-1998 in 2000, and his long poem Seaport was re-published by Shearsman in 2008. More recent publications include an explanation of colours (Veer, 2010), reworked disasters (Knives forks & spoons, 2013), sonnets 4 sophie (pushtika, 2015) and liverpool (hugs &) kisses (Ship of Fools/ pushtika, 2015) with Robert Sheppard. The volume, reworked diasaters, was longlisted for the Forward Prize. 

Dr. Kristen Kreider is a Reader in Poetry & Poetics and Director of the Practice-based PhD Programme across the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London. In these roles, Kristen works to promote an interdisciplinary, socially engaged approach to poetry and poetics, and to encourage a rigorous dialogue between creative and critical practice. Kristen’s research is situated at a crossover between poetry, art and architecture within the expanded field of contemporary writing practice. Here she produces theoretical and critical writing, including a monograph entitled Poetics and Place: The Architecture of Sign, Subjects and Site (I.B. Tauris, January 2014), and works in collaboration with the architect James O’Leary. Combining visual, spatial and poetic practices, Kreider+O’Leary make work in sites such as prisons, military sites, film locations, landscape gardens and desert environments both in the UK and internationally. Their work has been shown at Tate Britain, Whitechapel Gallery and the Lisbon Architecture Triennale and their book Falling is published by Copy Press (January 2015).

See: http://www.kreider-oleary.net

Dr. Will Montgomery works on contemporary poetry and poetics. He is the author of The Poetry of Susan Howe: History, Theology, Authority (Palgrave, 2010) and he co-edited (with Robert Hampson) Frank O’Hara Now: New Essays on the New York Poet (Liverpool UP, 2010). He has published many articles on contemporary poetry. He is currently working on a monograph on short form in American poetry and an edited collection on field recording and literature. He has a long-standing involvement, as critic and practitioner, in contemporary experimental music, field recording and sound art (http://www.selvageflame.com). 

Dr. Redell Olsen is the current director of the RHUL Poetics Research Centre. Her publications include: ‘Film Poems’ (Les Figues, 2014), 'Punk Faun' (Subpress, 2012), ‘Book of the Fur’ (Rempress, 2000), ‘Secure Portable Space’ (Reality Street, 2004) and the collaboratively edited ‘Here Are My Instructions’ (Gefn Press, 2004). From 2006 – 2010 she was the editor of the online journal How2 and published modernist and innovative poetry and poetics by women writers. Her work is included in the anthologies: ‘Trenchart Monographs Hurry Up Please Its Time’ (Les Figues, 2015), ‘Out of Everywhere 2’ (Reality Street, 2015), ‘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. 'The Lost Swimming Pool’; a site-specific collaboration that was commissioned by the Creative Campus Initiative, June 2010. She has published articles on Frank O’Hara, Abigail Child and the relationship between contemporary poetics, feminism and the visual arts. Her current research interests include ecology and the environment, film and performance. Further information: http://redellolsen.co.uk/.


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The next event in our Poetics Research Centre Event Series is:


To be announced.


Poetics Research News


amid the ruins may june 2014 Amid the Ruins at the Daniel Blau Gallery



MA Poetic Practice at the Small Publishers Fair 15, 16 November 2013


POLYply 'The Score' at C4CC  

Kurokawa Kisho, Helix City, 1961Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar


 Cover image of Robert Hampson's book 'an explanation of colours' (Veer, 2010)




Cover of 'punk faun', by Redell Olsen

Clasp Robert Hampson

Robert Hampson and Ken Edwards
(eds.) - CLASP: Late Modernist Poetry
in London in the 1970s (Shearsman, 2016)


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