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Director, the Globe Road Poetry Festival, Queen Mary University of London

Andrea Brady's books of poetry include Vacation of a Lifetime (Salt, 2001), Wildfire: A Verse Essay on Obscurity and Illumination (Krupskaya, 2010), Mutability: scripts for infancy (Seagull, 2012), Cut from the Rushes (Reality Street, 2013) and Dompteuse (Bookthug, 2014). She has performed throughout the UK, Europe, Lebanon, Canada, and the US, and have been invited to speak as an expert by the British Council, the BBC, the Arts Council, and the Poetry Society. Her poetry has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Slovene, Slovak, and Finnish, and has been the subject of a large number of critical essays.

Andrea was born in Philadelphia and is now Professor of Poetry at Queen Mary University of London. She has published widely on poetry and poetics, ritual, embodiment, theories of the imagination, women’s writing, and critical theory; she is currently writing a book, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, on poetry and constraint across several historical period. Scholarly works include English Funerary Elegy in the Seventeenth Century: Laws in Mourning (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).

At QMUL she runs the Centre for Poetry and curates the Globe Road Poetry festival. The Centre for Poetry has just launched a new MA in Poetry, now recruiting for 2016-17.

Andrea is director of the Archive of the Now (, the UK’s largest digital archive of performances by experimental poets. In addition to recordings of hundreds of poets, the Archive has hosted a poet-in-residence, workshops for secondary school students, and a project to establish best practice protocols for digital archive metadata. With Keston Sutherland she is co-publisher of Barque Press (


  • –present
    Professor of Poetry, Queen Mary University of London