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Dr Samuel 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). Safe Mode, an ‘ambient novel’, was published by Test Centre in 2017. In 2009 I received an Eric Gregory Award, and a selection of my poetry is collected in the Penguin Modern Poets series. I am interested in small presses and have published several limited-edition titles, including Standard Twin Fantasy (Egg Box, 2014), and True Colours (After Hours Ltd, 2016). The Truth About Cats and Dogs (Visual Editions, 2016) is a digital book for phones and tablets, the result of a collaboration with the novelist Joe Dunthorne. 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 small presses and innovative publishing, found text and appropriation, conceptual writing, form and procedure, imitation and plagiarism, autofiction and experimental fiction, book arts, post-internet art and writing, particularly the effects of technology on literary style and form.

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2018: Collyer Bristow Prize for Debut Fiction (shortlist):

    for Safe Mode

  • 2017: Hawthornden Fellowship: from the Hawthornden Trust
  • 2017: Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize (shortlist):

    for Kim Kardashian's Marriage

  • 2017: Society of Authors’ Authors’ Foundation grant : for work in progress
  • 2012: Forward Prize for Best First Collection:

    for 81 Austerities

  • 2011: UEA Graduate School : Public Engagement Prize
  • 2010: Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice:

    for Faber New Poets 7

  • 2009: Eric Gregory Award: from the Society of Authors
  • 2008: AHRC full award for research: 2008–2011


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