Professor Andrea Brady, BA (Columbia) PhD (Cambridge)
Professor of Poetry
I was born in Philadelphia and studied at Columbia University in New York City. After working in publishing for a few years I came to the UK to study in Cambridge, and stayed here once I had finished my PhD. I am a poet, and have performed throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, and the US, and have been invited to speak as an expert by the British Council, the BBC, the Arts Council, and the Poetry Society. My work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Slovene, Slovak, and Finnish, and has been the subject of a large number of critical essays. I live in Hackney with my partner and our three small children.
In the 2014-15 academic year, I am on Leverhulme-funded research leave pursuing a project on 'Poetry and Bondage: The Literary History of Constraint'.
- Ritual and anthropological approaches to literature
- Embodiment and prosody
- Theories of the imagination
- The material and political conditions of writing
- Women’s writing in the seventeenth century
- The phenomenology of infancy
- Marxist and critical theory
- Poetry and bondage
Recent and On-Going Research
My scholarly interests in early modern and contemporary writing overlap with my poetic practice. Recent research focusses on metaphors of embodiment in Renaissance writing, as well as on metre and bondage across several historical periods. I am particularly interested in interaction between poetry and politics, a theme which emerges in my monograph English Funerary Elegy in the Seventeenth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). With Emily Butterworth (King’s) I edited a collection of essays on The Uses of the Future in Early Modern Europe. I have written many journal articles and essays, as well as interventions in debates on contemporary writing.
I am very keen to support experimental poetry in the UK, and particularly emerging writers. With Keston Sutherland, I established the small poetry press Barque in 1995. In 2005 I founded the 'Archive of the Now', the UK’s largest digital archive of performances by experimental poets. In addition to recordings of hundreds of poets, the Archive has hosted a poet-in-residence, workshops for secondary school students, and a project to establish best practice protocols for digital archive metadata.
English Funerary Elegy in the Seventeenth Century: Laws in Mourning. Early Modern Literature in History Series, ser. ed. Cedric Brown and Andrew Hadfield (Basingstoke; Palgrave Macmillan, June 2006, ISBN 140394105X, 266pp). Academic monograph.
The Uses of the Future in Early Modern Europe. Ed. Andrea Brady and Emily Butterworth (London and New York: Routledge, 2009, ISBN 978-0-415-99540-5, 242pp). Edited collection.
Dompteuse (Toronto: Bookthug, 2014, 978-1-77166-045-7, 40pp). Poetry chapbook.
Cut from the Rushes (Hastings: Reality Street, 2013, ISBN 978-1-874400-63-9, 134pp). Collection of poetry. Includes the poem ‘Export Zone’, highly commended for the Forward Prize (2014)
Mutability: Scripts for Infancy (Calcutta and London: Seagull, 2012, ISBN 9780857420909, 121pp). Collection of poetry.
Wildfire: A Verse Essay (San Francisco: Krupskaya, January 2010. ISBN 978-1-928-65031-7, 80pp). Originally published as a hypertext poem by dispatx.com.
Embrace (Glasgow: Object Permanence, 2005, 57 pp). Collection of poetry.
Vacation of a Lifetime (Cambridge: Salt, 2001, 130 pp). Collection of poetry.
Articles and Book Chapters: Early Modern Literature:
‘Ghostly Authorities and the British Popular Press’, in Gothic Renaissance, ed. Elisabeth Bronfen and Beate Neumeier (Manchester: Manchester UP, 2014), 180-196.
‘The Platonic Poetry of Katherine Philips’, The Seventeenth Century 25.2 (January 2011): 300-322.
“‘Without welt, gard, or embroidery”: A Funeral Elegy for Cicely Ridgeway, Countess of Londonderry (1628)’, Huntington Library Quarterly 72.3 (Sept. 2009): 373-395.
‘“These Dear Relicks”: Abiding Grief in Reformation England’ in The Reformation Unsettled: Pre-Reformation Religious Culture in Early Modern British Literature, 1560-1660, ed. J.-F. van Dijkhuizen, Proteus: Studies in Early Modern Identity Formation, ser. ed. Reindert Falkenburg, Klaus Krüger, Mark Meadow and Karl Enenkel (Leiden: Brepols 2009): 183-203.
‘The Gift of Mourning: Death in the Early Modern Household’ in The Emotional Household in Europe, 1400-1800, ed. Susan Broomhall (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), pp. 185-202.
“Dying with Honour: Literary propaganda and the second English Civil War’, Journal of Military History 70.1 (Jan. 2006): 9-30. Winner of the Moncado Prize.
Articles and Book Chapters: Contemporary Literature:
‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Poet’, The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry, ed. Peter Robinson (Oxford UP, 2013), 707-726.
‘The Subject of Sacrifice in Proud Flesh and Down to Earth by John Wilkinson’, Textual Practice (18 November 2013), http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0950236X.2013.845599#.Uup_fPl_vTo.
‘Echo, Irony and Repetition in the Writings of Denise Riley’, Contemporary Women’s Writing (26 December 2011): http://cww.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/12/25/cww.vpr027.full.
‘Making Use of the Pain: the John Wieners Archives’, Paideuma 36.1 (July 2010): 131-179.
'Distraction and Absorption on Second Avenue', in Frank O'Hara Now: New Essays on the New York Poet. Eds. Will Montgomery and Robert Hampson (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2010), pp. 59-69.
‘Letter to Bob Archambeau’, Cambridge Literary Review 2 (January 2010): 244-249: http://www.cambridgeliteraryreview.org/wp-content/uploads/LettersCLR2.pdf
Contribution to round-table discussion at launch of Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry (Birkbeck, October 2009): http://www.scribd.com/doc/22924473/Journal-of-British-and-Irish-Innovative-Poetry-Birkbeck-Launch-Event-2009-Selected-Papers
'Shadowy Figures in QUILL, SOLITARY APPARITION', Chicago Review 53.4 and 54.1/2 (2008): 120-125.
'Post-Marginal Positions: Women and the UK Experimental/Avant-Garde Poetry Community. A Cross-Atlantic Forum.' Ed. Catherine Wagner. Jacket 34 (October 2007).
‘On Poetry and Public Pleasure: a reading of Tom Raworth’, in Poetry and Public Language, ed. Tony Lopez (Exeter: Shearsman, 2007): 25-36.
‘The Other Poet: John Wieners, Frank O’Hara, and Charles Olson’ in Don’t Ever Get Famous: Essays on New York Writing after the New York School, ed. Daniel Kane (Illinois State University: Dalkey Archive Press, Dec. 2006, ISBN 1-56478-460-6), pp. 317-347; reprinted on Jacket 32 (April 2007): http://jacketmagazine.com/32/index.shtml
‘Zero Longitude: Notes on Kevin Nolan’s Elegiac Centres’, The Paper 5 (Oct. 2002): 27-35; reprinted in Occasions of Poetry: Elegy, Walking, Spirituality, ed. David Kennedy (Exeter: Shearsman, 2007, ISBN 1-905700-63-6): 11-27.
‘No Turning Back: Acrylic Tips’, Quid 17: for J. H. Prynne, in Celebration (24 June 2006): 80-83.
‘For Immediate Delivery: on the semiotics of blogs’ in Put About: a critical anthology on independent publishing, ed. Maria Fusco and Ian Hunt (London: Book Works, 2004).
Entries for all contemporary American and British poets, The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English, gen. ed. Dominic Head (Cambridge UP, 2004).
‘Grief Work in a War Economy’, Radical Philosophy 114 (July/Aug. 2002): 7-12.
Review of Sarah Covington, Wounds, Flesh, and Metaphor in 17th Century England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) for Renaissance Quarterly (Summer 2010).
Review of Peter Sherlock, Monuments and Memory in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2008, 296 pp.) for H-Albion (2009).
Review of Poetry magazine, Times Literary Supplement, March 2005.
‘The Same War Continues: Denise Levertov, New Selected Poems’, Poetry Review 94.2 (2004): 76-8.
‘Object Lessons: George Oppen, New Collected Poems’, Poetry Review 94.1 (Spring 2004): 64-70.
‘Walking and Standing Still in Suffolk: R. F. Langley, More or Less’, Poetry Review 93.1 (2003): 67-73.
‘Out of This World: Peter Robinson, Poetry, Poets, Readers: Making Things Happen’, Poetry Review 92.4 (Winter 2002): 96-99.
‘The Middle Distance: Lorine Niedecker, Collected Poems’, Poetry Review 92.3 (Autumn 2002): 87-91.
Review of Left Under a Cloud by Stephen Rodefer, Jacket 15 (http://jacketmagazine.com/15/brady-rodefer.html); ‘Brief Notes on Reverses by John Wilkinson’, Jacket 9 (http://jacketmagazine.com/09/brady-r-wilk.html).
Magazines and Journals
Infinite Editions: poem and artwork, http://infiniteeditions.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/ayla-ffytche-andrea-brady-rex.html
Arras, the baffler 15 big allis 8, Boxon; Cambridge Literary Review 2 (Jan. 2010) and 5 (Oct. 2011); Capilano Review; CCCP 9 Poetry Archive, Chicago Review 47.3 (Fall 2001), Dusie 6 (Oct. 2007), The East Village Poetry Web 5 (1999), Fence (Summer 2012): 80-83'; ‘Synthesizer’ in Floor 2 (October 2013; HiZero (2011), How2 1.8 (Fall 2002); Jacket 3, 9; Litter; Mute 2.6 (August 2007); The New Review of Literature 4.1 (Oct. 2006), Object Permanence 8 (Feb. 1997); Onedit 6; Parataxis 10; Poetry Review 94.3 (Autumn 2004); Quid; Ratapallax; Salt 10 (1997); Slope; Stand n.s. 1.4 (Dec. 1999); This Corner 1 (2011); triquarterly; The Wolf 17 (April 2008); Verse 16.3 and 17.1, Vlak 1 (Sept. 2011): 188-191, and Yt Communications.
Anthologies and translations
Translated into Slovene, Slovak and Finnish, 11th annual The Golden Boat poetry and translation residency (September 2013): www.ia-zlaticoln.org
The Dark Would: anthology of language art, ed. Philip Davenport (Apple Pie Editions, 2013).
‘Saw Fit’, ‘Tunic’ and Interview with Andrew Duncan translated into German for the magazine Schreibheft: Zeitschrift für Literatur 80 (Feb. 2013): 155-166 by Léonce W. Lupette, Christian Lux and Susanna Mewe.
'End of Days' in The Wolf Anthology (2012).
Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets, ed. Carrie Etter (Bristol: Shearsman, 2010, ISBN 9781848610996).
Translated into Spanish for the anthology La Isla Tuerta: 49 poetas britanicos (1946-2006) (Madrid: Lumeneditorial, 2009)
Poems with French translations published in cipM 147 (Marseille, May 2006).
Produced a script for director Barry Edwards for the performance Shiver. Live performance debuted at theatro technis, Camden, London, 11 July 2006
A film from the same text was distributed in November 2006
Interviewed by Sarah Howe on ‘Song for Florida 2’, prac crit 1 (July 2014): http://www.praccrit.com/poems/song-for-florida-2/
Interview by Elena Juan Ruiz, I Don’t Call Myself a Poet: Interviews with Contemporary Poets Living and Working in Britain (13 August 2012):
Scott Thurston, Talking Poetics - Dialogues in Innovative Poetry: Scott Thurston talks to Karen MacCormack, Jennifer Moxley, Caroline Bergvall and Andrea Brady (Shearsman, 2011, ISBN 9781848611917).
Interviewed by Rob McLennan: http://robmclennan.blogspot.com/2010/06/12-or-20-questions-with-andrea-brady.html
Interviewed by Andrew Duncan, The Argotist: http://www.argotistonline.co.uk/Brady%20interview.htm
Interviewed by Rosheen Brennan, How2: http://www.asu.edu/pipercwcenter/how2journal /vol_3_no_1/new_media/archive_ofthe_now/pdfs/bradyinterview.pdf
Essays on my poetry:
Sophie Read, ‘Awake for Ever: An Essay’, prac crit 1 (July 2014): http://www.praccrit.com/poems/awake-for-ever/
Ashleigh Lambert, Review of Mutability, The Rumpus (8 January 2014): http://therumpus.net/2014/01/mutability-scripts-for-infancy-by-andrea-brady/
Andrew Spragg, Review of Cut from the Rushes, HixEros (January 2014): http://tinyurl.com/nggmzmn
Vicky Sparrow, Review of Mutability, The Literateur (6 December 2013): http://literateur.com/mutability-scripts-for-infancy-by-andrea-brady/
David Kennedy and Christine Kennedy, Women’s Experimental Poetry in Britain 1970–2010: Body, Time and Locale (Liverpool University Press, 2013, ISBN: 9781846319778): http://www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=11&AS1=women%27s+experimental+poetry+in+britain
Jeremy Noel-Tod and Ian Hamilton, eds., The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English, second ed. (Oxford University Press, 2013, ISBN 9780199640256): http://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-companion-to-modern-poetry-in-english-9780199640256;jsessionid=146E55B3E6A0E1B6492A13A050A3B5B8?cc=gb〈=en&
Brian M. Reed, ‘Andrea Brady’s Peculiar Dissidence’, in Nobody's Business: Twenty-First Century Avant-Garde Poetics (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2013, ISBN 978-0-8014-5157-7 ): http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100421820
Joel Duncan, ‘She Has Been Enlisted in the Choir Under Compulsion’, Notre Dame Review, 36 (Summer/Fall 2013): 207-210: http://ndreview.nd.edu/current-web-issue/
Alex Latter, ‘Extraordinary Renditions: Voicing Opposition to War,’ Alluvium, Vol. 1, No. 6 (1 November 2012): http://dx.doi.org/10.7766/alluvium.v1.6.04.
‘Some Short Foule Field Notes: John DeWitt, Lisa Jeschke, Andrea Brady, 14th Cambridge, January 2012’:
Mandy Bloomfield, ‘Revolution in Spatial Poetics’, at ‘Poetry and Revolution’ (Birkbeck 2012):
John Sears, ‘Andrea Brady's Wildfire: Generation’, Tempmorel: revue littéraire & artistique (29 April 2012). http://temporel.fr/Andrea-Brady-s-WILDFIRE-Generation
Review of Wildfire by Ange Mlinko, Chicago Review 56.4 (Winter 2012): 122-124.
Jennifer Cooke, ‘Poetry and Knowledge: the Exhibition of Andrea Brady’s Wildfire’; Scott Thurston, ‘Talking Poetics: Dialogues in Innovative Poetry’; Romana Huk, ‘New British Schools’ – all at ‘Legacies of Modernism: The State of British Poetry Today’, UFR Etudes-Anglophones, Université Paris-Diderot, 9-11 June 2011.
Review of Wildfire by Catherine Wagner, Poetry Project Newsletter (April-May 2011): 17-18
Daniel C. Remein, ‘Kinesis of Nothing and the Ousia of Poetry (Part Review Essay, Part Notes on a Poetics of Auto-Commentary’, on Wildfire, Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary 3 (2010): 67-94.
Scott Thurston, ‘Innovative Poetry in Britain Today’, Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses (April 2010): 15-30.
Marc Porée, ‘Contemporary British Women Poets (1985-2005): A New Legislature’, E-rea: Revue électronique d’études sur le monde Anglophone 6.1 (October 2008): http://erea.revues.org/78
Thom Donovan, Introduction for Andrea Brady, Segue Reading Series, New York (http://whof.blogspot.com/2010/12/introduction-for-andrea-brady-segue.html)
Jon Clay, Sensation, Contemporary Poetry and Deleuze: Transformative Intensities (Continuum, 2010).
Sophie Mayer, Review of Andrea Brady's Wildfire and Simon Perrill's Nitrate, Hand+Star (http://www.handandstar.co.uk/?p=825)
Richard Owens, 'Working Notes: Andrea Brady's Wildfire,' Damn the Caesars (http://damnthecaesars.blogspot.com/2010/06/working-notes-andrea-bradys-wildfire.html)
Amica Dall, 'Trying to Look Correctly at the Subjects of Andrea Brady's 'Saw Fit', Hot Gun 1 (Summer 2009): 22-28.
Nicky Marsh, ‘Going “Glocal”: The Local and the Global in Recent Experimental Women's Poetry’, Contemporary Women's Writing 1 (2007): 192-202.
Simon Perril, ‘Two Slices of Toast: Emptiness and Disappointment in Recent Works by Peter Manson and Andrea Brady’, Symbiosis 11.1 (April 2007): 75-88.
Tom Jones, ‘Andrea Brady’s Elections’, Litteraria Pragensia (December 2007): 139-147.
Josh Robinson, ‘“Abject Self on Patrol”: Immaterial Labour, Affect, and Subjectivity in Andrea Brady’s Cold Calling’, Litteraria Pragensia (December 2007): 148-157.
John Wilkinson, ‘Off the Grid’, Chicago Review 53.1 (Spring 2007): 95-115, reprinted in The Lyric Touch (Cambridge: Salt, 2007).
Marianne Morris, ‘Behind the Veil’, Review of Embrace, Jacket 29 (April 2006) [http://jacketmagazine.com/29/morris-brady.html]
Keston Sutherland, University of Sussex: ‘Vocal Stupor 2: Notes on Love Poetry’, and Jonathan Clay, Birkbeck, University of London: ‘Andrea Brady’s ‘Saw Fit’: Poetic Innovation and Politics’ (New Readings of British Contemporary Poetry, University of Dundee, 3 June 2006)
Robin Purves, ‘American Change: A Note on Andrea Brady and the Language of Consumption’, Edinburgh Review 114 (2004): 177-185.
Stuart Kelly, ‘All lines are busy’, Review of Cold Calling, Poetry Review 94.2 (Summer 2004): 95-7.
John Hall, ‘Eluded readings: trying to tell stories about reading some recent poems’, The Gig 15 (Sept. 2003).
Reviews of Vacation of a Lifetime: Publishers Weekly 23/9/02; Keith Elliot, Terrible Work [http://terriblework.co.uk/andrea_brady]
Reviews of Liberties: Nada Gordon, readme 1 [http://home.jps.net/%7Enada/issueone.htm].
I would welcome enquiries from potential doctoral students interested in any of the areas of my research.
I have recently supervised the following successful PhD project:
- Stephen Willey, 'Bob Cobbing 1950-1978: Performance, Poetry and the Institution', co-supervised with Peter Howarth (2012)
I have appeared on BBC Radio, on podcasts, and at literary and cultural festivals to discuss poetry. A list of some recent appearances is here.
I have given readings at a variety of venues in London, Cambridge, Bolton, Brighton, Dundee, St. Andrews; Berlin, Marseille, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Buffalo NY, Boston and Vancouver. Recent highlights include:
2014 ‘Petrarch’, RichMix Cultural Centre, London (28 June): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6MAeUgg_Ww
2014 Polyply, Centre for Collaborative Exchange, University of London (5 June): http://polyply.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/polyply-30/
2014 University of Chicago (9 May): http://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/poetic-genre/
2014 Princeton University (16 April): http://poetry.princeton.edu/event/andrea-brady-jennifer-moxley/
2014 Amid the Ruins, Daniel Blau Gallery, Hoxton Square (5 March)
2014 Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex (5 February)
2013 The Golden Boat poetry and translation residency, Škocjan and Ljubljana, Slovenia (1-8 September)
2013 Feelings at Vogue Fabrics, Dalston (15 August)
2013 SoundEye festival, Cork, Ireland (5-7 July)
2012 Hay Poetry Jamboree, Hay on Wye (7 June)
2012 HiZero, The Hope, Brighton (25 April)
2012 The Other Room, Manchester (29 February)
2012 Lyric and Polis, University College Falmouth (18 February)
2012 3 AM Magazine’s Maintenant Camarade, Rich Mix Centre, London (11 February)
2012 Foule Reading Series, Pembroke College, Cambridge (14 January)
2011 City Art Centre, Edinburgh (22 January)
2010 Segue Reading Series, Bowery Poetry Club, New York (18 December 2010)
2010 Centre for Creative Collaboration, University of London (14 October)
2010 Double Change, Paris (23 September)
2010 Intimacies conference, University of Loughborough (10-12 September)
2010 Hiding Place gallery, Philadelphia, USA (5 August)
2010 London Cross-Genre Festival, University of Greenwich (14-16 July)
2010 Memorial readings for Goran Printz-Pahlson, University of Cambridge (28 June)
2010 Sussex Poetry Festival, University of Sussex and Nightingale Theatre, Brighton (16-18 April)
2010 Queens’ College, Cambridge (29 January)
2009 Openned, The Foundry, London (1 November)
2009 Cafe Oto, London (15 May)
2009 Parasol Unit Gallery, London (30 April)
2007 Reading at Berlin Poetry Hearings
2007 Readings at the Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN; University of Chicago; Miami University of Ohio; SUNY Buffalo; Harvard; New York and Philadelphia. This reading tour was sponsored by the Chicago Review, to coincide with a special issue dedicated to Andrea’s work and three other poets.
2006 Reading at the Centre Internationale de Poésie Marseille.
2005 Reading and paper in Vancouver, Canada, sponsored by the British Council and the Kootenay School of Writing.
2005 Commissioned to write and perform a poem on the day’s news events for National Poetry Day on ‘World Update’ with Dan Damon, BBC World Service.