Emily Critchley

Dr Emily Critchley BA (Oxon), MA, PhD (Cantab)

Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing

Dr Critchley has an international reputation as a specialist in contemporary experimental writing. She holds degrees from Oxford, Bristol and Cambridge universities. Dr Critchley taught at, and received her doctorate in contemporary experimental American writing and philosophy from the University of Cambridge. She has also held visiting lectureships at the University of East London and Oxford University. She is the author of thirteen poetry collections (with Crater, Shearsman, Boiler House, Barque, Intercapillary, Corrupt, Holdfire, Torque, Oystercatcher, Dusie, Bad and Arehouse presses) and a selected writing: Love / All That / & OK (Penned in the Margins, 2011). Dr Critchley has published critical articles on poetry, philosophy and feminism and is the editor of Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America & the UK (Reality Street, 2016) and co-editor of #MeToo: A Poetry Collective (Chicago Review, Summer, 2018). In 2003 she won The Other Prize (Cambridge) for best original play, in 2005 she won the John Kinsella-Tracy Ryan prize for Poetry, in 2011 won the national Jane Martin Prize for Poetry and in 2018 she was Highly Commended by the Forward Prize. Her work has been reviewed internationally and translated into several languages.

Responsibilities within the university

Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing

Departmental Athena Swan Champion


Highly Commended for her entry into the Forward Prize 2019

Emily co-edited and introduced an Open Access edition of Chicago Review: #MeToo: A Poetry Collective (Summer, 2018) that brought together some 63 poets from across the world.

Nominator for the Windham-Campbell prize for poetry at Yale University, external examiner for Creative Writing at the University of Southampton, guest teacher for the Poetry School and a peer reviewer for the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry.

Research / Scholarly interests

Contemporary innovative writing, poetry, philosophy, critical theory, eco-theory and feminism.

Key funded projects

South of the River Symposium, 27 April, 2012

London Cross-Genre Festival, Institute for the Converging Arts and Sciences, University of Greenwich, 14–16 July, 2010

(filmed and archived at the British Library)

Festival for Contemporary Experimental Women's Poetry, University of Cambridge, 6-8 October, 2006 (filmed and archived at The Miami University Archive of Writing in Performance, Ohio)

Recent publications


  • These. Insuing. Sonnets. with Eric Langley (Crater Press, spring 2019)
  • Arrangements (Shearsman Books, 2018)
  • Ten Thousand Things (UEA: Boiler House Press, 2017)
  • Some Curious Thing (London: Barque Press, 2016)
  • 'Salutation to Poetry' with John Hall (London: Crater Press, 2015)
  • This is not a True Thing (London: Intercapillary Press, January, 2012)
  • IMAGINARYLOVEPOEMS (Paris: Corrupt Press, December 2011)
  • Sonnets for Luke (Liverpool: Holdfire Press, 2011)
  • Love / All That / & OK: Selected Writing, 2003-2010 (London: Penned in the Margins Press, 2011)
  • Hopeful For Love Are Th' Impoverish'd Of Faith (Southampton: Torque press, 2010)
  • Who handles one over the Backlash (Norfolk: Oystercatcher press, 2008)
  • Of All the Surprises (Switzerland: Dusie, 2007)
  • When I say I Believe Women… (London: badpress, 2006)
  • How To Make Millions (Cambridge: Arehouse, 2004)
  • The Dirt Glitch Land Alter Affair (Cambridge: Arehouse, 2004)


  • Afterword to Adelaide Ivánova, The Hammer and Other Poems (The Poetry Translation Centre, 2019)
  • Co-edited & introduced an anthology of responses to 'me too', Chicago Review online (summer 2018)
  • Interview on 'Ten Thousand Things', with Charlotte Newman (August, 2017)
  • Out of Everywhere: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America & the UK (Reality Street Press, 2016)
  • Entries on Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Rosmarie Waldrop, Jean Day, Vanessa Place, Jennifer Moxley and Alice Notley in The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • 'Denise Riley: "Writing our / Difficulties,"' Poetry Review (2012)
  • '"Moi aussi, Marianne," or Moving the Targets, being a crypto-ironic response, etc.' The Claudius App (August 2011) http://theclaudiusapp.com/1-updates-critchley.html
  • Guest editor of the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, 3:2 (September 2011)
  • '"We live on buoyant fragments" (Andrea Brady): A further selection of American writers from the Greenwich Cross-Genre Festival,' Cambridge Literary Review, 1:5 (May, 2011)
  • 'A selection of North American women writers from the Greenwich Cross-Genre Festival (July 2010), and some thoughts about their work', Cambridge Literary Review, 1:4 (Michaelmas 2010)
  • 'Lyn Hejinian's Faustienne Beings-With', Stress Fractures (London: Penned in the Margins, 2010)
  • 'Leslie Scalapino's "alternative ways of seeing"', Delirious Hem, September 5, 2010) lesliescalapinotribute.wikispaces.com/file/view/Emily+Critchley7.pdf
  • Review of Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip, HOW2 Journal, 3: 3 (2009)http://www.asu.edu/pipercwcenter/how2journal/vol_3_no_3/review/critchley.html
  • "[D]oubts, Complications and Distractions": Rethinking the Role of Women in Language Poetry', Hot Gun!, 1:1 (Summer 09)
  • 'A Conference Overview', How23 (1) (Summer 2007)
  • 'Post-Marginal Positions: Women and the UK Experimental/Avant-Garde Poetry Community', Jacket34 (October 2007)
  • 'Dilemmatic Boundaries: Constructing a Poetics of Thinking'Intercapillary Space (November 2006)


The Barbican, May 22nd, 2019

Worcester College, Oxford, 21st February 2019

Talk on W.S. Graham, The Poetry Café, London, 8 February 2019

Keynote, UCL Graduate Conference, summer 2018

Newcastle Poetry Festival, 4th May 2018

Faber poetry podcast, May 2018

Creative Writing Society launch, University of Greenwich, April 5th, 2017

Xing the Line: London launch of Out Of Everywhere 2, London, August 2nd, 2016

Linen Hall Library, Belfast, 4th December, 2015

English PEN event, Rich Mix, London, 2nd April, 2016

University of Sheffield, November 18th, 2015

University of East Anglia, October 22nd 2015

University of Cambridge, October 13th, 2015

Greenwich Book Festival, University of Greenwich, May 2015 and 2016

Guest Lecture: 'Writing from landscape: nature and city', University of Cambridge, 18th November, 2014