Patrick Errington

Patrick Errington


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Dr Patrick James Errington is a poet, translator, critic, and academic from the prairies of Alberta, Canada. His poems feature in magazines, journals, and anthologies around the world – including Poetry Review, Poetry InternationalThe Cincinnati ReviewBoston ReviewThe Iowa ReviewHarvard Review, Best New PoetsPoets.orgOxford PoetryCopper NickelWest BranchCV2Passages NorthDiagramCider Press Review, and Horsethief – and have received numerous international prizes, including The National Poetry Competition, the Wigtown Poetry Competition, The London Magazine Poetry Competition, the Flambard International Prize, the McLellan Poetry Prize, the Plough Prize, and the 2020 Callan Gordon/Scottish New Writers Award. Patrick is the author of two chapbooks of poems, Glean (ignitionpress, 2018) and Field Studies (Clutag Press, 2019), and the collection, the swailing (McGill-Queens University Press. His French translation (with Laure Gall) of PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphey’s The Hollow of the Hand, entitled Au creux de la main, was released by Éditions l’Âge d’Homme in 2017 and his English translations of Hamid Tibouchi's Veins (Broken Sleep Press) and E.M. Cioran's Notebooks (New York Review Books) are forthcoming.

A graduate of the University of Alberta (Bachelor of Arts, 2011) where he studied under  the late Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, Patrick also holds an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in writing and literary translation from Columbia University (2015) and a PhD for his research in poetic theory and enactive hermeneutics from the University of St Andrews (2018).

Patrick is currently a lecturer in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh. He has lectured on literature, literary theory, and creative writing at several other universities in Scotland, including Edinburgh Napier, the University of Dundee, and the University of St Andrews. He, along with Rosa Campbell, was formerly the editor-in-chief of the St Andrews-based, online literary magazine, The Scores.

Education/Academic qualification

English, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), In Kind: The Enactive Poem and the Co-Creative Response, University of St Andrews

1 Sept 201518 Sept 2018

Award Date: 18 Dec 2018

Creative Writing, Master of Fine Art, Columbia University in the City of New York

Award Date: 15 Oct 2014

English Literature, Bachelor of Arts, University of Alberta

Award Date: 6 Jun 2010

External positions

Associate Lecturer in English, Edinburgh Napier University


Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of Dundee


Visiting Scholar, University of St Andrews


Tutor, University of St Andrews



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