Emily Critchley

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Emily Critchley (born 1980) is an experimental writer and academic. She is the winner of The Other Prize for best original play (2003), the John Kinsella-Tracy Ryan prize for poetry (2004), the Jane Martin Prize for Poetry (2011) and was a runner up in the Pacuare Poetry Competition (2015).


Critchley was born in Athens, Greece and grew up in Dorset, England. Her mother is Greek. She states that her influences include T. S. Eliot, the Language poets, Gertrude Stein, John Berryman and Ezra Pound.[1]

Critchley's writing has been compared to that of Denise Riley,[2] Leslie Scalapino, and Mina Loy.[3] She has been performing her work since 2000.[4] In 2004 she won the John Kinsella-Tracy Ryan prize for poetry[5] and in 2011 was joint winner of the national Jane Martin Prize for Poetry.[6]

Critchley gained her BA from the University of Oxford,[4] her MA in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Bristol University,[4] and completed a PhD entitled "'[D]oubts, Complications and Distractions': Rethinking the Role of Women in Language Poetry" at the University of Cambridge.[4][7][8] She specializes in contemporary experimental poetry. In 2006, she organised a three-day international conference for contemporary experimental women's writing at the University of Cambridge[9] and another in 2010 at the University of Greenwich.[4][10][11] She is editor of Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America & the UK (Reality Street Press, 2016): the sequel to the poetry anthology published in 1996. [1] Critchley is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Greenwich.[4] She lives in London.

Published works[edit]

  • When I say I Believe Women… (London: bad press, 2006) [4]
  • Of All the Surprises (Switzerland: Dusie, 2007) [4]
  • Who handles one over the Backlash (Norfolk: Oystercatcher press, 2008) [4]
  • Hopeful For Love Are Th' Impoverish'd Of Faith (Southampton: Torque press, 2010) [4]
  • Love / All That / & OK: Selected Writing (London: Penned in the Margins, 2011) [4]
  • Sonnets for Luke (Liverpool: Holdfire press, 2011) [4]
  • IMAGINARYLOVEPOEMS (Paris: Corrupt Press, 2011) [4]
  • This is not a True Thing (London: Intercapillary Press, 2013) [4]
  • Some Curious Thing (London: Barque Press, 2016)
  • Ten Thousand Things (Norfolk: Boiler House Press, 2017)
  • Arrangements (Bristol: Shearsman Books, 2018)
  • Notes on my Family (London: Everything With Words, 2019)[12]
  • Alphabet Poem: For Kids! with Michael Kindellan and Alison Honey-Woods (London: Prototype, 2020)


  1. ^ Interview (video) 6 October 2010, The other room
  2. ^ Zoë Skoulding, Contemporary Women's Poetry and Urban Space: Experimental Cities, (Palgrave Macmillan 2013), p. 16
  3. ^ Tuma, Keith (Spring 2007), "Some Younger British Poets" (PDF), Chicago Review, 53 (1): 213–220
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Emily Critchley". Archived from the original on 4 December 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2011.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) (University of Greenwich profile)
  5. ^ Royal Holloway Archived 1 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Runnymede International Literary Festival, University of London
  6. ^ "National Poetry Prize Winners announced". Archived from the original on 25 August 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link), Girton College, Cambridge, 9 May 2011
  7. ^ Emily Critchley, "'[D]oubts, Complications and Distractions'; Rethinking the Role of Women in Language Poetry", Hot Gun! Journal, ed. Josh Stanley, 1 (Summer 2009) pp. 29–49
  8. ^ "Added to the Mix" Stride magazine 2011
  9. ^ Cambridge women's conference
  10. ^ Greenwich Festival 2010
  11. ^ Emily Critchley, "A conference overview" and "Introduction to the Cambridge Contemporary Experimental Women's Poetry Festival" How2 journal, vol. 3:1 (Summer 2007)
  12. ^ "Notes on my Family by Emily Critchley". The School Reading List. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  • Wheatley, David, Contemporary British Poetry (London: Palgrave, 2015),
  • Zword, Megan (2013), Review of Love / All That / & OK, Hix Eros 2 (November 2013)
  • Kennedy, David and Kennedy, Christine, Women's Experimental Poetry in Britain 1970–2010: Body, Time & Locale (Liverpool University Press, 2013)
  • Skoulding, Zoe, Contemporary Women's Poetry and Urban Space: Experimental Cities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)
  • Morris, Marianne, 'The Claudius App' (Summer 2011)
  • Spence, Steve, 'Stride Magazine' (Spring 2011)
  • Tuma, Keith, Chicago Review, 53:1 (Spring 2007)

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