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Dr Jonathan Skinner

Dr Jonathan Skinner

Associate Professor

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

Millburn House, Millburn Hill Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7HS


Dr Jonathan Skinner is Associate Professor and teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies program. His interests include Contemporary Poetry and Poetics; Ecocriticism and Environmental Studies; Ethnopoetics; 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, 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:

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

Recent publications

  • Chip Calls (Houston, TX: Little Red Leaves, 2014)
  • Birds of Tifft (Buffalo, NY: BlazeVOX, 2011)
  • Warblers (San Francisco: Albion Books, 2010)
  • ecopoetics, ed. vols. 1-7 (2001-2007)
  • Guest editor, Interim Magazine, Ecopoetics feature: "Offshore: Poetics, Catastrophe, Peak Oil." Summer 2011.
  • "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).
  • In Praise of Vagabonds (selections) by Gilles Clément. Trans. Qui Parle 19.2 (Spring/Summer 2011).
  • "Statement of Poetic Research." Common-place. Vol. 11, no. 4.5. September 2011.
  • "Thoughts on Things: Poetics of the Third Landscape." )((eco (lang)(uage(reader)), ed. Brenda Iijima. (Brooklyn: Portable Press at Yo-yo Labs with Nightboat Editions, 2010)

Office hours

Mondays 1:30-2:30pm, Thursdays 3-4pm
in G.01 (Millburn House)
All other times, and reading week, by appointment only.