Dr Rebecca Kosick

BA Hons(Mich.), MA(Chic.), MA(C'nell), PhD(C'nell)

  • BS8 1TE


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Research interests

My research is interested in how poetry intersects with the visual arts and other matters. I focus on the 20th century and contemporary periods and examine intellectual, aesthetic, and translational exchanges in the American hemisphere, and between the Americas and the UK. I have published on such topics as the relationship between participatory poetry and conceptual art in Brazil, the material aspects of translation, and inventive forms of Chilean poetry such as artist books and postcard poems. I am co-director of the Bristol Poetry Institute and coordinator of the Indisciplinary Poetics Research Cluster.

My book, Material Poetics in Hemispheric America: Words and Objects 1950-2010, is forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press in 2020. It develops novel theoretical approaches to understanding poetic objects, language, and matter outside of the lyrical norm. In conversation with object-oriented ontology and new materialism, this project investigates poetry that combines textual and material elements (including work by Ferreira Gullar, Ronald Johnson, and Anne Carson). It builds a theory of American material poetics through studies that posit the poetic object as autonomous, relational, assembled, architectural, and posthuman. My next project, Multiverses: Languages of Contemporary Poetry, lays out an expanded definition of poetic multilingualism—one that includes spoken languages but also languages that are visual, material, and mathematical. It aims to reorient the axis of British-American literary comparison away from the English language alone and to explore how poetry builds connections with extra-poetic modes of communication (with case studies that include Chilean poet Cecilia Vicuña's collaborations with Scottish poet Edwin Morgan; the Devon-based Beau Geste Press, founded by Mexican artists Martha Hellion and Felipe Ehrenberg; and the Cuban publishing collective, Ediciones Vigía.) Other forthcoming and developing work includes studies of mail art and postal poetry by Brazilian artist Paulo Bruscky and Detroit publisher The Alternative Press.

I am a poet and translator, and work collaboratively with artists, poets, and other practitioners. My poetry collection, Labor Day, was published by Golias Books in 2020 and my poems and translations have appeared in a number of journals and literary publications such as Fence, the Iowa Review, Two Lines, the Recluse, and the Dallas Review. My research is invested in hybrid creative-critical ways of learning and communicating.

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Bristol Poetry Institute

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Research Output

Feminine Objects, Embodied Subjects: Lygia Pape’s Feminist Aesthetics

Kosick, R., 21 Apr 2020, Latin American Culture and the Limits of the Human. Bollington, L. & Merchant, P. (eds.). University of Florida Press, p. 229-255 27 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  • From Repetition Poem to “Envelopoemas”: Concrete Tautologies in Paulo Bruscky's Political Poetics

    Kosick, R., 28 May 2020, In : Journal of Lusophone Studies. 5, 1, p. 117 - 139 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 16 Downloads (Pure)

    Labor Day

    Kosick, R., 2020, Golias Books. 72 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

  • Prizes

  • Arts Impact Acceleration Fund Grant

    Kosick, Rebecca (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    Brigstow Seedcorn Funding - Maths Poems

    Kosick, Rebecca (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    Liverpool University Press (Publisher)

    Rebecca Kosick (Peer reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Lyra Bristol Poetry Festival

    Rebecca Kosick (Invited speaker)

    16 Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory (Journal)

    Rebecca Kosick (Peer reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review