Dr Ben Hickman

School of English - Senior Lecturer in Modern Poetry

Ben’s research centres around British and American experimental poetry of the last hundred years, with a particular focus on the political potential and limitations of poetry, the lives and afterlives of the avant-garde, and labour in modernist and contemporary writing. He’s written on a broad range of figures including John Clare, Michael Gold, Muriel Rukeyser, John Ashbery and Amiri Baraka. His most recent monograph is Crisis and the US Avant-Garde: Poetry and Real Politics (Edinburgh University Press, 2015). Ben is Director of the Centre for Modern Poetry and a co-organiser of Canterbury’s premier series of art/music/poetry events, Free Range.