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JT Welsch joined the Department in September 2016 as Lecturer in English and Creative Industries. Prior to that, he worked for five years as a lecturer, then Head of Creative Writing at York St John University, and, before that, an associate lecturer with the Open University and graduate teaching assistant at the University of Manchester, while completing his PhD. JT studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston for his undergraduate degree, follow by an MA in Screenwriting and an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.
JT is the author of six poetry chapbooks or short collections, including The Ruin (Annexe, 2015), Hell Creek Anthology (Sidekick, 2015), Waterloo (Like This Press, 2012) and Orchids (Salt, 2010). His poetry and criticism has also appeared in various journals and anthologies. His critical publications include work on twentieth-century American poets, including William Carlos Williams, T. S. Eliot, John Berryman, and Elizabeth Bishop, with a focus on poets’ essays, letters, and manifestos. This relates to his research on issues in contemporary UK poetry publishing and creative writing studies.
JT gives readings regularly from his own poetry throughout the UK and organises events and collaborative projects, with a particular interest in the teaching of writing, the ethics of creative labour, and the relationship between traditional literary forms and games, graphic novels, and music.
JT is a specialist in twentieth-century and contemporary poetry, with a focus on poets’ ‘supplementary’ writing – essays, letters, manifestos – and the institutional and economic structures supporting the poetry industry. Within the emerging field of Creative Writing Studies, his research is broadly concerned with the future of practice-based pedagogy and the relationship between creative and critical practice. His recent poetry collections, The Ruin and the forthcoming Darklings and Catalogue, have also engaged with questions around the ethics of creative labour.
JT is currently editing an anthology of UK migrant poets and working on a larger critical project that explores the selling and self-regulation of contemporary UK poetry.
JT reads frequently from his own work, and has performed as part of the Ilkley Literature Festival, Manchester Book Market, London Poetry Book Fair, Leeds Book Fair, Nottingham Poetry Series, London Camaradefest and other public events throughout the UK. His writing for stage and screen has also been produced in Manchester and London. As an organiser, JT has facilitated a number of public performances, workshops, and discussions as part of the York Literature Festival, York Festival of Ideas, and other occasions throughout the region.
He served as founding editor of the York Literary Review and has written reviews or comment pieces for various journals, including the Manchester Review, The Wolf, Battersea Review, and B O D Y. JT is also an occasional contributor to discussions of film and television on BBC Radio York.
JT has overseen external student collaborations, including joint events with the University of Sheffield’s MA in Creative Writing, University Camarade in London, and student publications with Ripon Cathedral, Shandy Hall, and other regional institutions.
With Ágnes Lehóczky of the University of Sheffield, JT is currently editing and anthology of UK migrant poetry, which will be accompanied by a series of events bringing together UK-based migrant poets and scholars of postcolonial literature and migration.