I was born in America and have lived in London since 2002. I hold degrees in English and Creative Writing from Harvard (BA), Iowa (MFA), Manchester Metropolitan (MA), and Royal Holloway, London, (PhD) universities. My first collection of poems, Marabou (Carcanet, 2005), was shortlisted for the Whitbread/Costa, Forward, and Aldeburgh poetry prizes. I was named a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society for my second collection, The Ninjas (Carcanet, 2012). My third collection, Discipline (Carcanet, 2019), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. In addition to being a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University, I write on books, theatre, and fashion for such publications as The Poetry Review and The Village Voice. I'm pleased to be a mentor for the 2021 Ledbury Poetry Critics programme.
Creative writing (poetry and fiction); modern and contemporary poetry in English; the dramatic monologue or persona poem; ekphrastic poetry; the sonnet; art history; costume and fashion history.