Dr Nancy Gaffield

School of English - Reader in Creative Writing

I teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and supervise postgraduate research students in Creative Writing (Poetry). My research interests are contemporary Anglo-American poetry and poetics, especially the experimental or innovative. I am particularly interested in the long poem, the series and the sequence. My first collection of poetry, Tokaido Road (CB editions 2011) was nominated for the Forward Best First Collection Prize and was awarded the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize that year. My second collection, Owhere (Templar 2012) won a Templar Poetry Pamphlet Award that year. In addition to these, my poetry publications include Continental Drift (Shearsman 2014), the chapbooks Meridian (Oystercatcher 2016), Zyxt (Oystercatcher 2015), and a libretto Tokaido Road: A Journey after Hiroshige (Shearsman 2014). My poems have appeared in leading journals and anthologies including The Forward Anthology, the Times Literary Supplement, Tears in the Fence, The Long Poem Magazine and the Golden Handcuffs Review. I regularly give workshops, lectures and readings, including festival appearances such as the Aldeburgh and Ledbury Poetry Festivals, the Sounds New Poetry Festival, the Wise Words Festival, the Canterbury Festival, and the London Poetry Series X-ing the Line.