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John Wilkinson

College positions:
Visiting Fellow
English Literature
University of Chicago
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Professor John Wilkinson

John Wilkinson is a poet and scholar of poetics, who for the last eight years was Director of Creative Writing at the University of Chicago.

Born in London and receiving his university education at Cambridge (Jesus College), his career until 2005 was in mental health services in England and Wales, latterly as Associate Director of Public Health for North-East London. Thereafter he joined the University of Notre Dame in the US as writer-in-residence and Research Professor, moving to the University of Chicago in 2010 and becoming a tenured full professor in 2016.

Professor Wilkinson’s poetry is discussed in most major reference works and accounts of British poetry in the late twentieth century, and his critical writing is widely cited.

Select publications

  • Wood Circle, The Last Books, 2021
  • The Following, The Yellow Papers 1, The Last Books, 2020
  • Lyric in Its Times, Temporalities in Verse, Breath and Stone, Bloomsbury Academic, 2019
  • My Reef My Manifest Array, Carcanet, 2019
  • Ghost Nets, Omnidawn, 2016
  • Schedule of Unrest. Selected Poems edited by Alex Pestell, Salt Publishing, 2014
  • Reckitt’s Blue, Seagull Books, 2012

Select awards

  • Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Fellowship, National Humanities Center, 2007-08
  • Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award, 2003-04
  • Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship, Harvard University, 1977-78
  • The Chancellor’s Medal for an English Poem, University of Cambridge, 1974

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