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Patrick Errington

Education and Experience

Patrick is a Canadian writer, translator, and researcher. As an undergraduate 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 was awarded both the 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 modernist and contemporary literatures and creative writing at Columbia University, the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School (SUISS), Edinburgh Napier University, and the University of St Andrews.

Patrick is currently a George Buchanan scholar and his PhD research, under the supervision of Professors John Burnside and Don Paterson, is provisionally titled 'In Kind: How a Co-Creative Response Fosters an Enactive Reading of Poetry'; his research combines poetics and hermeneutics, cognitive science, linguistics, philosophy, and poetic analysis to propose an alternate modality for reading and responding to contemporary poetry.


Poetry Collections/Pamphlets:
Patrick James Errington, Field Studies (Oxford: Clutag Press, 2018).
Patrick James Errington, Glean (Oxford: ignitionpress, 2017).

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

Selected Poems:
The Cincinnati Review (2018) | Contemporary Verse (2018) | The Plough International Poetry Prize (2018, second prize) | Boston Review (2017) | Passages North (2017) | Copper Nickel (2017) | The Wigtown Poetry Competition (2017, first prize) | The London Magazine (2017) | Long Poem Magazine (2017) | The National Poetry Competition (2016, Commended) | Best New Poets (2016) | The London Magazine Poetry Competition (2016, first prize) | 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)

Conference Papers

'Beyond Critical: A Case for Responding with Poetry', at Cognitive Futures in the Humanities, University of Kent, Canterbury, July 2018

'In Kind: How Co-Creative Response Fosters an Enactive Reading of Poetry', at Educational Role of Language, Lithuanian University of Educational Science, Vilnius, June 2018

'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: Contemporary Poetry