Jeff Hilson

Senior Lecturer (Creative Writing) , Programme Convener (Creative Writing BA)

Department of English and Creative Writing



MA (English and American Literature, University of Warwick)

BA (English Literature, Cambridge University)



""'What are we not headed for?' The Constellatory Poetics of Bill Griffiths' Binaries: not Sonnets" in The Journal of  British & Irish Innovative Poetry (forthcoming 2014)

"Homophonic Translation: Sense and Sound" in Music and Translation ed. Helen Julia Minors (2012) London: Continuum

"The Contemporary Sonnet: A Trialogue" (with Paul Muldoon & Meg Butler) in The Cambridge Companion to the Sonnet, eds Peter Howarth & A.D. Cousins (2012) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

"From A-Z and Bach Again": Getting a Handel on Louis Zukofsky's 'A'-24" in Golden Handcuffs Review (2010)

"Introduction" to The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (2008) Hastings: Reality Street

"Why I wrote sretchers," The Radiator 3 (November 2005)

"'It Makes an Indebtedness': Louis Zukofsky Translating Catullus" in interstice no. 3 (Autumn 1999)


In The Assarts (2010) London: Veer Books

Bird bird (2009) Norwich: Landfill Press

The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (ed.) (2008) Hastings: Reality Street

stretchers (2006) Hastings: Reality Street

Bird bird (pamphlet) (2005) Sheffield: Westhouse Books

stretchers 13-33 (2002) London: Writers Forum

stretchers 1-12 (2001) London: Writers Forum

a grasses primer (2000) London: Form Books

"...finally were false fruits" (1998) London: Kater Murr's Press


Conferences, Symposia, Colloquia, Talks:

Poetry talk at University of East London, December 6, 2012

Poetry talk at the Modern Studies Series, University of Reading, December 4, 2012

Shakespeare and the Sonnet" Symposium, Roehampton University, London, October 20, 2012

"South of the River Symposium", University of Greenwich, April 2012

Talk on my poetry at The Stort Poetry Group, Bishop's Stortford, March 2012

"Bill Griffiths' 'Binaries: Not Sonnets", Bill Griffiths Colloquium, University of Northumbria, Newcastle, January 2012

"Comic Moments in Contemporary British Poetry", Ars Poetica Festival, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia, October 3, 2011

"'Having a Larf/Getting a Larf':British Innovative Poetry and Humour", Legacies of Modernism: The State of British Poetry Today, Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France, June 9-11, 2011.

"The Sonnet and the Unpoetic", Poetry and the Unpoetic, University of Amsterdam/Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis/VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 20-21, 2011

Talk on my poetry at The Poetry and Poetics Research Group, Edge Hill University, April 23, 2009

"A Brief History of Irregularity: AND and Writers Forum", Interaction, Symbiosis, Overlap: Little Magazines and Small Presses Symposium, Nottingham Trent University, March 7, 2009

"From A-Z and Bach Again: Getting a Handel on Louis Zukofsky's 'A'-24", Centre for Modernist Studies, University of Sussex, January 23, 2009

"Editing The Reality Street Book of Sonnets", Contempo: Centre for Contemporary Poetry, Bangor University/Aberystwyth University, December 2, 2008

"Homoloinguistic Translation", Translating Words, Translating Worlds Symposium, Roehampton Festival, University of Roehampton, June 10, 2008

"Magnitudes of Value: Louis Zukofsky, Hawthorne and the place of the artefact in the Index of American Design." Paper delivered at the Louis Zukofsky Centenary Conference, Columbia University, New York, September 2004

"Silent Performance." Paper delivered at the 2001 Subvoicive Colloquium at Birkbeck College, University of London

Recent Readings & Performances:

Jean Brossa Gallery, Barcelona, Spain (July 2013)

Footsy Index, Camberwell, London (June 2013)

1st Reading Poetry Festival, University of Reading, (June 2013)

Enemies/Enemigos Project, Rich Mix Foundation, Shoreditch, London (May 2013)

University of East Anglia, Norwich (May 2013)

Four Days Festival, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (April 2013)

Forest Realms, Parasol Unit, Shoreditch, London (March 2013)

Poem Art Threat!, Mascara Bar, Stamford Hill, London (March 2013)

Feelings, Stoke Newington, London (December 2012)

University of East London (December 2012)

Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot Live, presented by English PEN, Free Word Centre, Farringdon, London (November 2012)

Dusie @ Xing the Line, The Apple Tree, London (November 2012)

Crater Press & Veer Books Launch, Birkbeck College, London (September 2012)

Out of Hours Festival, Ham House, London (August 2012)

Poems for Pussy Riot, The Rich Mix, London (August 2012)

The Coldharbour Gallery, Brixton, London (July 2012)

The Hay Poetry Jamboree, Hay-on-Wye (July 2012)

Prague Poetry Micro-Festival, Prague, Czech Republic (May 2012)

Maintenant Croatia, Europe House, London (April 2012)

Stort Poetry Group, Bishop's Stortford (March 2012)

Minimum Security Prison, The Horse Hospital, London (November 2011)

Ars Poetica Poetry Festival, Bratislava, Slovakia (October 2011)

Legacies of Modernism: The State of British Poetry Today, Université Denis Diderot, Paris, France (June 2011)

Poetry& The Unpoetic, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (May 2011)

Allen Ginsberg Tribute, the Poetry Café, London (February 2011).

The Situation Room, London (November 2010)

ny poesiy, Young Norwegian and British Poets in collaboration. In association with the Poetry Society and the Norwegian Embassy, The Poetry Café, London (September 2010)

Xing the Line, William IV, London (September 2010)

1st Brighton Poetry Festival, University of Sussex, Brighton (April 2010)

ExXmas, Brixton Market, London (January 2010)

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