Oxford Professor of Poetry elections now open

23 February 2023

The University of Oxford has opened applications to the Professor of Poetry, regarded as one of the most prestigious and prominent posts in the field of poetry. Previous incumbents include W H Auden, Seamus Heaney and Simon Armitage.

The Professor of Poetry will be chosen by election of staff and alumni of the University in June 2023 and will hold the post for four years.

Duties include public lectures, and orations at University honorary degree ceremonies.

Alice Oswald, the first woman to hold the Professorship, has been an exceptionally committed and successful Professor of Poetry, rising to the challenges of the pandemic and offering many student-facing workshops and events. Some of her lectures are available here: https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/professor-poetry. Her final lecture will take place in the Natural History Museum.

Chair of Committee, Marion Turner, said:
‘For many people from all walks of life, reading, hearing, and thinking about poetry is of profound importance. The prestigious Professorship of Poetry celebrates the role that poetry has held in almost all societies. It is a flagship post at Oxford, and represents our commitment to discussing the craft of poetry, its practice, interpretation, and power.’

The post is offered on a part-time basis, and there is not any requirement to be resident in Oxford. Potential applicants wishing to see the job description and selection criteria should visit www.ox.ac.uk/poetry

Information for editors:

  • Applications are open from 10 February until 17 March 2023. The Professor of Poetry Committee will draw up a shortlist of applicants to stand in the election.
  • The results will be announced on 16 June 2023.
  • For more information and interviews with the team, please contact:   E: [email protected]  T: 01865 280528

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