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Dr Samuel Riviere

Assistant Professor in the Department of English Studies

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Sam Riviere completed a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2012. He is the author of the poetry collections 81 Austerities (London: Faber & Faber, 2012), which won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and Kim Kardashian’s Marriage (Faber, 2015), which was shortlisted for the inaugural Ledbury Forte Prize. Safe Mode (London: Test Centre, 2017), an ‘ambient novel’, is his first work of fiction. In 2009 he received an Eric Gregory Award, and a selection of his poetry is collected in the recently revived Penguin Modern Poets series.

His limited-edition publications include Standard Twin Fantasy (Norwich: Egg Box, 2014) and True Colours (New York: After Hours Ltd, 2016); with the novelist Joe Dunthorne he collaborated on the digital book The Truth About Cats and Dogs (London: Visual Editions, 2016). He has published in many journals including Financial Times, Guardian, New Statesman, Poetry, Poetry London, Poetry Review, Tin House, TLS, White Review. From 2015–2017 he was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Edinburgh, and since 2015 he has run the poetry micropublisher If a Leaf Falls Press.


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