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Patrick Errington

Education and Experience

Patrick is a writer, translator, and researcher from the prairies of Alberta, Canada. As an undergrad at the University of Alberta (2007–2011), he studied English literature and creative writing with Nobel laureate Derek Walcott. He received his MFA from Columbia University (2013–2015) in creative writing and literary translation, where he also received a Program Scholarship and a Chair’s Fellowship.

He has worked as an editor or editorial assistant for magazines like The New Yorker and The Columbia Journal, and is currently the editor-in-chief of The Scores, the St Andrews School of English literary magazine ( He has also worked as a research assistant and translator at various universities, as well as teaching modern and contemporary literature and creative writing at Columbia University, the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School (SUISS), and the University of St Andrews.

Patrick is currently a George Buchanan scholar and his research, under the supervision of Professors John Burnside and Don Paterson, is in the field of poetics and hermeneutics, examining cognitive metaphor, embodied/enactive mind theory, and postcritical response with particular regard to how the reading mind is activated by and responds to contemporary poetry.


Selected Poems featured in: Copper Nickel (forthcoming) | Passages North (forthcoming) | The London Magazine (2017) | Long Poem Magazine (2017) | The National Poetry Competition 2016, Commended | Best New Poets 2016 | The London Magazine Poetry Contest, First Prize (2016) | The Iowa Review (2016) | West Branch (2015) | The Flambard International Poetry Prize 2015, Second Prize | The Adroit Journal (2015) | Cider Press Review (2015) | DIAGRAM (2015) | Antiphon (2015) | American Literary Review (2015)

Translations: Au creux de la main (The Hollow of the Hand, co-translated with Laure Gall), by PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy (Paris: Éditions l’Âge d’Homme, 2017)

Conference Papers

‘Immersive Poetics: Creative Response Writing as an Enactive Approach to Poetry’, at English: Shared Futures, Newcastle University, July 2017

Chair of ‘Word for Word: The Art of Translation’, at Sustainability and Transformation Conference, Council for European Studies, University of Glasgow, July 2017

‘The Body In Mind: Poetry and the Re-Embodiment of Abstract Thought’, in Contemporary Poetry: Thinking & Feeling, Plymouth University, May 2016

Patrick Errington



PhD Student: Poetics and Hermeneutics