PhD students and their research interests PhD students and their research interests

Kate Anderson's ( PhD research examines the scattered and obscure archive of ballet texts by modernist poets and novelists. The project illuminates the adoption of the ballet as a literary form in the hands of E. E. Cummings, Mina Loy, Vernon Lee, and Aldous Huxley, among others. Kate's previous research has focused on the role of silence in the evolution of stage dialogue and, for her MA, the dramatic works of Edna St. Vincent Millay. A native of Ohio, Kate has served two terms as American Scholar in the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library and works as Associate Tutor for Literature in History II, Modernism, and Post-War British Drama.
Beau Hopkins ( is a poet and PhD researcher in Creative and Critical Writing. The subject of his thesis is time and resistance. It will focus on the poems of Geoffrey Hill and J H Prynne. His poems have appeared in Blackbox Manifold and Lighthouse Journal.
Kim Lockwood ( has just completed the Creative Writing Poetry MA at UEA and is now working on a PhD in American Studies. Her research focuses on postmodern American poetry, particularly the work of Larry Eigner, and its relationship to ecocritical discourse. She is co-editor of the 'Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam' anthology (Cinnamon Press, 2012), and her poetry has appeared in the Everyman's Library anthology, 'Villanelles' (2012) and the '7 Poets' UEA Creative Writing anthology (Eggbox, 2013). 
David McCarthy's ( current research project is entitled "A Necessary Difficulty: The Poethics of Proximity in John Ashbery and Michael Palmer" and considers the interconnection between poetic difficulty and ethical commitments in both poets' work during the first half of their careers. It argues that Ashbery and Palmer develop a socially and pragmatically oriented poetics intended to accentuate the ethical commitments involved in the composition and interpretation of poetry, and provide an aesthetic analogue for how we should live in the environments we occupy and among those others who also inhabit them. My methodology combines Mikhail Bakhtin's and Immanuel Levinas' ethical philosophies of encountering alterity to demonstrate how both poets propose answerability and ‘response-ability' as integral to achieving proximity between (my) Self and (an) Other through the medium of the poem. 
Meryl Pugh ( has published two pamphlet poetry collections: Relinquish (2007, Arrowhead Press) and The Bridle (2011, Salt).  She is currently working towards a third pamphlet-length collection.  Short-listed for the New Writing Ventures Poetry Prize in 2005, she is a Hawthornden Fellow and has taught creative writing for schools, prisons, museums, the Arvon Foundation, the Poetry School and Morley College. Her critical project considers the lyric 'I' in 21st Century poetry and its adaptation of stances associated with the romantic and pastoral. 
Sara Riccetti's Ph.D. research focuses on Tennessee Williams's poetry.
Iain Rowley ( arrived at UEA in 2010 following completion of the Creative & Critical Writing MA at Sussex.  His thesis (ongoing), provisionally titled 'Midwife of An-Archy':  Towards a Poetics of Becoming-with-Woman, explores the interface between the phenomenology and politics of midwifery and the ethical demands attendant to poetic practice.  It unfolds a figuration of the midwife that traverses the boundaries between Levinasian heteronomy and Deleuzian heteromorphism, encompassing concerns ranging from the therapeutic import of the amnio-chorionic membrane to the dissonance between Mina Loy's poem ‘Parturition' and the ideological investments of the Twilight Sleep movement.
Rebecca Tamás ( was born in London and studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Warwick University. She also studied for an MA in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University. She is currently a Creative and Critical Writing PhD student at UEA, where she is writing both a collection of poetry, and a thesis exploring contemporary nature poetry and ecological theory. Her poetry pamphlet, The Ophelia Letters, will be published by Salt this autumn.
Dominic Zugai ( is currently undertaking a PhD looking at the translation of Spanish poets such as Miguel Hernandez, Federico Garcia Lorca and Rafael Alberti. He has a degree in Linguistics and Spanish and Latin American studies and completed his thesis on the work of Pedro Lemebel. His research interests include linguistics, stylistics, literary translation, poetry and Spanish and English literature. He works as a professional translator and teacher. He has published poetry in Australian Literary Journal Meanjin.