Frances Leviston

Frances Leviston


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My Research

I'm a poet, critic and short story writer. My first collection of poetry, Public Dream, was published by Picador in 2007 and shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Award. Her second collection, Disinformation, was published by Picador in 2015 and shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. Individual poems from both these books have appeared in publications including the New YorkerPoetry (Chicago), The Nation, The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, Edinburgh Review, Granta New Writing, and others.

My first book of shot stories, The Voice in My Ear, was published by Jonathan Cape in March 2020. A story from this, 'Broderie Anglaise', was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2015 and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. A further story, 'Muster's Puppets Presents...', was published in Virginia Quarterly Review.

I've published scholarly work on Elizabeth Bishop in the peer-reviewed American journal Twentieth Century Literature. “Mothers and Marimbas in ‘The Bight’: Bishop’s Danse Macabre" was awarded the journal’s Andrew J. Kappel Prize for Literary Criticism in 2015. I've also written many reviews and essays on poetry for the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, Poetry London, Poetry Review, Edinburgh Review and others.


My Teaching

I teach Creative Writing at Manchester at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including (in vrarious years) the first-year Creative Writing workshop, second-year Fiction workshop, third-year Poetry workshop, MA Writing Poems II, MA Fiction Workshop II, MA Forms of Writing II, and MA Reading Poems II.


My Research Supervision

I have supervised two Creative Writing PhDs to completion, by Nathaniel Ogle and Joseph Reed, both fiction writers whose novels will be published in 2022. I will shortly begin supervising a new PhD candidate who will be working on short stories. I'm particularly keen to supervise poets and short story writers, and would be very glad to hear from potential candidates whose critical research interests include any of the following: 20th-Century and Contemporary British and Irish Poetry; 20th-Century and Contemporary American Poetry; the poetry and prose of Elizabeth Bishop and its legacies; the fiction of Alice Munro; female subjectivity and the short story.

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Creative Manchester


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