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About

Siobhán Campbell is a multi-award-winning poet and critic. She also researches the poetics of what she terms ‘social literary practise’ – where she devises creative writing interventions that try to retain the serious playfulness of poetry.

 

Siobhán is from Ireland, where she has lived in Dublin and Belfast as well as living at times in London, Washington DC and NYC.

 

Siobhán’s duo of books Cross-Talk and Heat-Signature emerge from the fractured island of Ireland and they celebrate art as a powerful antidote to division and mis-use of power. Her latest work is inspired by the natural world and our relationship to the non-human with poems appearing in Deep Wild Journal, Empty House: Poetry on the Climate Crisis (Doire Press), 100 Poems to Save the Planet (Seren), Deep Time 2 (BlackBough Poetry), and Zocalo. Her seventh book, currently titled Cowslip Weather is due from Seren in 2025.

 

With a first-class MA from University College Dublin and a PhD from Lancaster University, she also pursued post-graduate study at NYU and the New School, New York. She joined The Open University, Dept. of English and Creative Writing from Kingston University London, where she was Associate Professor in English Literature and Creative Writing and Course Director MA and MFA, Creative Writing.

 

Author of six books of poetry and co-editor of Eavan Boland: Inside History, the 2016 book of essays on the work of Eavan Boland, Siobhán Campbell's work has received awards in the National Poetry Competition and the Troubadour International Competition and is the recipient of an Arts Council award and the Templar Poetry Prize. She publishes regularly in the literary journals of the US and the UK/Ireland including Poetry and The Hopkins Review (US) and Agenda and Magma Poetry (UK). She is featured in canonical anthologies including Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe), Women’s Work: Modern Women Poets writing in English (Seren) and The Field Day Anthology of Irish Literature (NYU Press).

Campbell's creative work is socially engaged and politically inflected. She has been invited as Visiting Professor of Poetry and Poetics at UNCC (Uni of North Carolina, Charlotte) and has given readings and lectures at Johns Hopkins,  University of Missouri, Berkeley University, UMASS Amherst and University of California, Santa Cruz. Festival appearances include Glasgow Arts Festival, Ottawa International Festival, Poetry Now and Cuirt international.
 

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