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Harriet Tarlo

Dr Harriet A.B. Tarlo PhD

Reader in Creative Writing

  • About

    I am a poet and academic who has been practising, publishing and teaching since the early nineties. I have taught at Sheffield Hallam since 2007 and was for three years the Course leader for the MA Writing. Prior to that, I taught for twelve years at Bretton Hall, a college of the University of Leeds where I was Programme Manager for English and for Creative Writing at different times. My English Literature PhD was on the modernist poet H.D., and I retain an interest there, recently publishing an essay on Modernist Women Poets with Palgrave and one on H.D. with Classical Receptions. Throughout the nineties, I developed my own poetry and, these days, I mainly publish my own poetry and essays/reviews on contemporary poets. I have published several poetry books and edited a well-received anthology, The Ground Aslant: Radical Landscape Poetry Anthology (Shearsman 2011). Since 2007 I have collaborated with artists to work on exhibitions and artists’ books involving text and image. Since 2011, I have been working on place-based collaborative projects with the artist Judith Tucker who works at the University of Leeds.

    I have three main areas of interest within writing poetry and poetry criticism: gender, landscape and environment/eco-criticism and experimentalism/avant-gardism. I am also interested in performance and poetry readings and integrate these into the modules I teach. These interests feed into the modules I teach at Hallam. I have been involved in validating a number of hybrid modules (in which students work both creatively and critically in a particular area) and this is my main area of interest in undergraduate teaching. In particular I deliver modules Level VI B.A. modules in “Writing and Environment” and “Experimental Writing” and the Level IV module, “Words and Images”. I also supervise PhD and M.A. students in critical and creative work relating to these areas of interest and am always keen to meet potential research students wanting to work in these areas.

  • Teaching

    Department of Humanities

    Social Sciences and Arts

    Creative Writing, English

    PhD; M.A. Creative Writing; B.A. Creative Writing; M.A. English by Research; B.A. English

    M.A. Creative Writing Workshop; Level 6 Writing and Environment; Level 6 Experimental Writing; Level 5 Poetry; Level 4 Words and Images

  • Research

    • Humanities Research Centre

    Exhibitions and associated talks, readings and workshops

    1. Seeing Double: residency and exhibition of open-form poems by Harriet Tarlo and monochrome drawings by Judith Tucker, The Aldeburgh Beach Lookout Tower Project , October 2015.

    2. Excavations and Estuaries Collaboration with Judith Tucker, commissioned by Linda Ingham and funded by the Arts Council and North East Lincolnshire Council: Fitties, Contemporary British Painting, Marylebone Crypt, London, May 2015.
    Exhibition on collaboration between poets and artists, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, May 2015.

    Behind Land: Excavations and Estuaries, Hull Institute of Art and Design ongoing, 12 March-17 April 2015, including opening/poetry reading.
    Drawing nearer: lines of movement, lines of sound. Scott Annexe, University of Plymouth, 2014
    Behind Land. The Muriel Barker Gallery, Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby, 2014, culmination of 18 month Arts Council funded commission curated by Linda Ingham including opening/poetry reading; public talk and all day public workshop.
    Excavations and Estuaries. Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby, 2013, included opening/poetry reading and public seminar.

    3. Tributaries Collaboration with Judith Tucker, commissioned by Holmfirth Arts Festival and funded by the Arts Council and Kirklees council:
    Tributaries, North Norfolk Nature Festival, Auden Theatre Foyer, Greshams School, 2014.
    Selected Pieces from Tributaries, Midsummer Poetry Festival, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, with talk/reading, June 2014.
    Tributaries, Holmfirth Arts Festival, 2012 interim exhibition and 2013 final exhibition with public openings/ indoor and outdoor readings and two workshops.
    Works from Tributaries included in the following group shows:
    The Trembling Grass, CCANW (Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World), Exeter 2014 including poetry performance, with Judith Tucker and workshop by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett with young people from the extreme imagination festival, Exeter.
    Landscape, Art and Uncertainty, Southampton City Art Gallery 2013-14 with public symposium.
    Art et Géographie, Musée de Moulages, Lyon, 2013 with conference (details under conference papers).
    Shadows Traces, Undercurrents, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Centre for Art, Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2012, with public symposium.
    Closer to Home: Artists Re-consider the Local, Land2 Exhibition, including talk with Judith Tucker at symposium organized by the University of Leeds, East Street Arts, Leeds, 2012.

    4. Clouds Descending. Poems about the Cumbrian coast appeared with Jem Southam’s Clouds Descending photographic exhibitions at The Lowry Gallery, Salford and Tullie House, Carlisle in 2008-9. Lowry Commission.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Tarlo, H., & Tucker, J. (2019). Cross Multi Inter Trans: a contextual introduction. Green Letters, 23 (3), 219-230.

    Tarlo, H., & Tucker, J. (2019). Cross Multi Inter Trans: a contextual introduction. Green Letters, 23 (3), 219-230.

    Tarlo, H., & Tucker, J. (2019). Poetry, painting and change on the edge of England. Sociologia ruralis.

    Tarlo, H. (2018). From cut flowers. Seedings, 5, 116-121.

    Tarlo, H., & Tucker, J. (2017). ‘Off path, counter path’: contemporary walking collaborations in landscape, art and poetry. Critical Survey, 29 (1), 105-132.

    Tarlo, H. (2012). 'An insurmountable chasm?': re-visiting, re-imagining and re-writing classical pastoral through the modernist poetry of H.D. Classical Receptions Journal, 4 (2), 235-260.

    Tarlo, H. (2011). 'The page is slowly turning black': Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s 'Torques: Drafts 58–76'. Jacket2.

    Tarlo, H. (2009). Recycles : the eco-ethical poetics of found text in contemporary poetry. Journal of Ecocriticism, 1 (2), 114-130.

    Tarlo, H. (2009). A preview of the ground aslant: Radical landscape poetry (forthcoming, Shearsman books, 2010). English, 58 (222), 192-198.

    Tarlo, H. (1999). Provisional pleasures: The challenge of contemporary experimental women poets. Feminist Review, 62 (1), 94-112.

    Book chapters

    Tarlo, H., & Tucker, J. (2017). “Drawing closer”: an ecocritical consideration of collaborative, cross-disciplinary practices of walking, writing, drawing and exhibiting. In Barry, P., & Welstead, W. (Eds.) Extending ecocriticism : crisis, collaboration and challenges in the environmental humanities. (pp. 47-69). Manchester: Manchester University Press:

    Tarlo, H. (2013). Brother MacSweeney and the new-old English poet language is a steady stick. In Batchelor, P. (Ed.) Reading Barry MacSweeney. Bloodaxe Books / Newcaslte University

    Tarlo, H. (2010). The new comes forward : Anglo-American modernist women poets. In Marsh, N., & Middleton, P. (Eds.) Teaching modernist poetry (Teaching the new English). Palgrave Macmillan


    Tarlo, H. (2016). Field. Shearsman Books.

    Tarlo, H. (2015). Poems 2004-2014. Bristol: Shearsman Press.

    Tarlo, H. (Ed.). (2011). The ground aslant: an anthology of radical landscape poetry. Exeter: Shearsman Books.

    Theses / Dissertations

    Dobson, J. (2017). Nesting in English fields : bird narratives and the re-imagining of post-war Britain. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Tarlo, H.

  • Other activities

    Editorial Board Member for Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics, including co- editing the selection of poems for Vol 2: No. 1.
    Advisory board member, Green Letters: Studies in Ecocritism (Routledge).
    Peer review Board Member, NEW WRITING: The International Journal of the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing (Routledge).

    External Examiner for the following PhDs
    Northumbria University, Creative Writing: “Behind and In Between Places: Today’s Urban Landscape and the Sense of Place”, 2014.
    University of Kent, Creative Writing: “Seeing through Language: The Poetry and Poetics of Susan Howe, Lyn Hejinian and Rosmarie Waldrop & Continental Drift”, 2014.
    University of Durham, English Literature: ‘Makings of the self and the sun': Modernist Poetics of Climate Change”, 2013.
    University of Salford, Creative Writing: “Through the Weather Glass (& What Icarus Found There)”, 2013.
    University of East Anglia, Creative Writing "Writing the Body, Writing the Land: Barbour, Brandt, Webb, and Halfe", 2011.
    Lancaster University, Creative Writing "An Elastic State of Mind: D.L.D/'s Autobiography in Poems", 2011.
    Royal Holloway, English Literature: "The Poetic Economy: (Po)ethics of Exchange in Contemporary Experimental Poetries", 2011.
    University of Glasgow, Creative Writing: “Singing the Void/Cage”, 2009.

    Undergraduate External Examination

    Dartington College, subsequently University: B.A. Hons Writing, subsequently Performance Writing, 2008-2013.
    Edge Hill University: M.A. Writing Studies, 2007-2010.
    Salford University: B.A. Hons. English and Creative Writing (Creative Writing component), 2005-2009
    University of Wales, Bangor: B.A. Hons. Literature and Society with Creative Writing, 2004-2008.

  • Postgraduate supervision

    I am currently supervising research students working on Mallarmé and the expanded field of painting; modernism and feminism; place-based poetry, eco-criticism and animals and inter-war representation of birds in fiction.

    I have supervised to completion two Creative Writing PhDs on environmental poetry and one academic PhD on the modernist writer Djuna Barnes.

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