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Dr Jonathan Skinner


Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 3346
Email: J dot E dot Skinner at warwick dot ac dot uk

FAB 5.12/ Online (through Microsoft Teams)

Humanities Building, University of Warwick


Dr Jonathan Skinner is Reader in English and Comparative Literary Studies and teaches Ecocriticism and Creative Writing. His interests include Contemporary Poetry and Poetics; Ecocriticism and Environmental Studies; Small Press Culture; Sound Studies; Critical Theory; and Translation. He is founder and editor of ecopoetics, a journal which features creative-critical intersections between writing and ecology.

Research interests

My main interests are ecopoetics and contemporary poetry and poetics (mostly North American, but with an international scope and emphasis). I have published critical essays on Charles Olson, Michael McClure, Ronald Johnson, Lorine Niedecker, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, and Bernadette Mayer, translations of French poetry and garden theory, essays on bird song from the perspective of ethnopoetics, and essays on horizontal concepts such as the Third Landscape. Currently, I am writing a book of investigative poems on the urban landscapes of Frederick Law Olmsted, editing an anthology of ecopoetics for a university press, and pursuing a creative-critical project in acoustic ecology, called Vibrational Communication.

Teaching and supervision

My modules include:

Current PhD supervision:

Tom Crompton, “Vernacular Tactics: Post-Industrial Ecologies and Experimental Poetries”
September 2019 -
Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship

Sam Weselowski: “The Poetics of Scale: Form, Ecology and Critique”
September 2019 -
Chancellor's International Scholarship
(Co-supervision with Dr Myka Tucker-Abramson and Dr Nick Lawrence)

Nicola Hamer, "Beyond Elegy: Confronting Grief in Contemporary Ecopoetry"
September 2021 -
AHRC M4C Doctoral Training Partnership
(Co-supervision with Dr Fabienne Viala)

Lizzie Smith, "The 'Environmental Uncanny': Unsettling the Multispecies Encounter in Contemporary Environmental Poetry"
September 2021 -
AHRC M4C Doctoral Training Partnership
(Co-supervision with Dr Nick Lawrence)

Joe Bedford, "Green, Pleasant and Ours: Challenging ‘Far-right Ecologism’ through Contemporary Environmental Fiction"
September 2021 -
AHRC M4C Doctoral Training Partnership
(Co-supervision with Dr Jonathan Taylor and Dr Bernhard Forchtner, University of Leicester)

I have supervised MA dissertations in modernist poetry and ecocriticism, as well as Long Projects in Poetry (Creative Writing) with the Warwick Writing Program.

I welcome supervisions in the areas listed under my research interests.

Selected publications

Essays and Book Chapters

  • “Blockade Chants and Cloud-Nets: Terminal Poetics of the Anthropocene,” The Cambridge Companion to 21st Century American Poetry, ed. Timothy Yu (University of Cambridge Press, 2021)
  • “What Sounds: Larry Eigner’s Environments,” Momentous Inconclusions: The Life and Work of Larry Eigner, eds. George Hart and Jennifer Bartlett (University of New Mexico Press, 2021)
  • “The Unbending of the Faculties: Learning from Frederick Law Olmsted,” Geopoetics in Practice, eds. Eric Magrane, Linda Russo, Sarah de Leeuw, and Craig Santos Perez (Routledge Press, 2019)
  • “Stirrup Notes: Fragments on Listening,” Writing the Field Recording: Sound, Word, Environment, ed. Stephen Benson and Will Montgomery (Edinburgh University Press, 2018)
  • “Visceral Ecopoetics in Charles Olson and Michael McClure: Proprioception, Biology, and the Writing Body,” Ecopoetics: Essays in the Field, ed. Angela Hume and Gillian Osborne (University of Iowa Press, 2018)

  • “Ecopoetics,” American Literature in Transition 2000-2010, ed. Rachel Greenwald Smith (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

  • “Call the Pulsing Home: Poetry, Fascination and Resonance in Ecocritical Environments,” Ecocriticism: Environments in Anglophone Literatures, ed. Sonja Frenzel and Birgit Neumann (anglistik & englischunterricht, 2017)

  • “Vibrational Communication: Ecopoetics in the Seismic Channel,” Big Energy Poets: Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change, ed. Heidi Lyn Staples and Amy King (BlazeVOX [books], 2017)

  • "Gardens of Resistance: Gilles Clément, New Poetries, and Future Landscapes." Qui Parle, Special Issue: At the Intersections of Ecocriticism, ed. Katrina Dodson. 19.2 (Spring/Summer 2011).

  • "Thoughts on Things: Poetics of the Third Landscape," )((eco (lang) (uage (reader)), ed. Iijima, Brenda (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs and Nightboat Books, 2010)


  • Chip Calls (Little Red Leaves, 2014)
  • Birds of Tifft (BlazeVOX [books], 2011)
  • Warblers (San Francisco: Albion Books, 2010)
  • Political Cactus Poems (Palm Press, 2005)

  • In Praise of Vagabonds (selections) by Gilles Clément. Qui Parle 19.2 (Spring/Summer 2011).
  • "Toto," Ma Langue est Poétique--Selected Work, Christophe Tarkos (Roof Books, 2000)

  • ecopoetics, vols. 1-7 (2001-2007)

  • Jacket2 Commentaries
  • "Statement of Poetic Research." Common-place. Vol. 11, no. 4.5. September 2011.

    Professional service

    External examiner for BA Creative Writing, University of Roehampton.

    Peer Reviewer for ASAP/Journal, Contemporary Women’s Writing, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, University of Alabama Press Modern and Contemporary Poetics, Palgrave Macmillan and Paideuma, amongst others.

    External PhD examiner at University of Western Sydney (2014), University of Southampton (2017), University of Nottingham (2019), University of Essex (2019), University of Umeå (2020).

Office hours (Term 3)

Tuesdays 2-3pm (FAB 5.12)
Wednesdays 1-2pm (online)
or by appointment online
(Microsoft Teams)

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