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Durham University

Department of English Studies


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Dr Sam Riviere

Assistant Professor in the Department of English Studies

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I studied at the Norwich School of Art and Design and at Royal Holloway UOL, before completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2012. I have published two poetry collections with Faber & Faber: 81 Austerities (2012), and Kim Kardashian’s Marriage (2015). My first work of fiction, Safe Mode, was published by Test Centre in 2017. I am interested in small presses and I am the author of several limited-edition poetry titles, including Standard Twin Fantasy (Egg Box, 2014) and True Colours (After Hours, 2016). From 2015–2017 I was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Edinburgh, and since 2015 I have run the poetry micropublisher If a Leaf Falls Press, which has released over 50 titles to date. My research interests include contemporary poetry and ‘post-internet’ poetics, found text and appropriation, conceptual writing, small presses and innovative publishing, form and procedure in poetry and prose, imitation and plagiarism, autofiction and experimental fiction, book arts, and post-internet art and writing generally, especially the effects of technology on literary style, genre and form.


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