Isabel Galleymore

Colleges, School and Institutes


My first poetry collection, Significant Other (Carcanet), won the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize in 2020 and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and Seamus Heaney Poetry Prize. My poetry and criticism have featured widely in magazines such as Poetry, Poetry Review and the London Review of Books. My poetry pamphlet, Cyanic Pollens, was published in 2020 and is an account of time as poet-in-residence at the Tambopata Research Centre in the Amazon rainforest in 2016. I received an Eric Gregory Award in 2017. My first academic monograph, Teaching Environmental Writing: Ecocritical Pedagogy and Poetics, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2020 and I have forthcoming chapters on ecopoetics in forthcoming edited collections. 

Previous to my post at the University of Birmingham, I have taught English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Exeter and the University of Reading. I was awarded a PGCert in Higher Education with Distinction in 2019. 

Research interests

I am a poet and critic publishing on contemporary poetry, environmental writing and ecocriticism, with a focus on interdisciplinarity. Critical works of mine have focused on metaphor, anthropomorphism and comedy with regard to environmental theory and literature. My current creative-critical research is interested in posthumanism, empathy and the methodologies used by environmental psychology.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I would be interested in proposals regarding ecopoetics, environmental writing, and interdisciplinary practice.