Elizabeth-Jane is an interdisciplinary poet, curator, and academic with a focus on experimental writing and performance.
Elizabeth-Jane Burnett’s poetry includes: oh-zones (Knives Forks and Spoons), Rivering (Oystercatcher) and Swims (Penned in the Margins, 2017); criticism includes: A Social Biography of Contemporary Innovative Poetry Communities – The Gift, Poethics and the Wager (New York: Palgrave, 2017). She curates Ecopoetics exhibitions and is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Newman University. A Dictionary of the Soil (forthcoming) is supported by Penguin/Random House’s WriteNow scheme.
She holds a PhD in Contemporary Poetics and MA in Poetic Practice from Royal Holloway, University of London, a BA (Hons) in English from Oxford University, and studied Applied Poetics at the Bowery Poetry Club, New York and Performance Writing at Naropa, Colorado.
She recently read from Swims and discussed wild swimming on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking.
Swims is a long poem by Elizabeth documenting a series of wild swims across the UK. The poem starts and ends in Devon, her home county, but takes in Somerset, Surrey, the Lake District, London, Wales and Brighton on the way. Each swim experiments with a different way in which an individual might effect environmental change. swims is an overall sequence of twelve swims. Published in September 2017.
- Retweet Cynthia Miller: Excited to dive into this beauty. Thank you @ejbpoetry and @PennedintheM! pic.twitter.com/edSJzNguFp
- Retweet Polly Atkin: Look what sculled towards me today! Hope it will encourage me into the too-autumnal-already water... @ejbpoetry… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
- Retweet Newman University: Poetry by Newman lecturer Elizabeth-Jane Burnett highly commended for the Forward Prize for Poetry. Find out more:… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
Opportunities to see Elizabeth Jane-Burnett
Join us to hear from two poets sharing work from their debut collections, and the landscapes that inspired them, introduced by award-winning-poet, runner and climber Helen Mort.