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Academic Biography

Dr Jenna Clake joined the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law in June 2018. Jenna holds a BA (Hons) in English with Creative Writing, a MA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Creative Writing, all achieved at the University of Birmingham. Jenna's research interests include the relationship between writing and popular culture, contemporary British and American poetry, and contemporary fiction.

Research interests

As a poet, Jenna's writing has been published widely in journals of international repute, including Poetry Review, The White Review, The Rialto, The Stinging Fly, and Oxford Poetry. Her debut poetry collection, Fortune Cookie (2017), was awarded the Melita Hume Prize and shortlisted for a Somerset Maugham Award. In 2018, Jenna received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. Additionally, she was shortlisted for the inaugral Rebecca Swift Women Poets' Prize, commended in the University of Hertfordshire Single Poem Prize, and placed second in the Newcastle Poetry Prize. A pamphlet, CLAKE / Interview For, was published by Verve Poetry Press in 2018, and a micro-pamphlet of poems I can't promise you anything but whale fall / for you was published by Broken Sleep Books in 2021. Her second full-length poetry collection, Museum of Ice Cream was published by Bloodaxe in 2021, and was featured in The TLS and The Telegraph, and named as one of the best poetry books of 2021 by The Telegraph, The F-Word, and the Poetry Book Society. Her debut novel, Disturbance was published by Trapeze in the UK and W.W. Norton in the US in 2023. Jenna additionally reviews poetry for Poetry London, Poetry School, and The Poetry Review.

She is at work on a monograph for Edinburgh University Press entitled Whiteness, Feminism and the Absurd in Contemporary British and US Poetry.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Jenna is Course Leader for both the MA Creative Writing (Online) and the MA Creative Writing and Wellbeing.

PhD and Research Opportunities

Jenna welcomes enquiries from prospective research students interested in the relationships between writing and popular culture, modern poetry aesthetics and movements, the prose poem, the Surreal and the Absurd, feminist writing, and writing for social change. She also welcomes proposals for Collaborative Doctoral Awards as part of the Northern Bridge Consortium.

Jenna is Director of Studies for Christina Wilson's  Northern Bridge Consortium funded Collaborative Doctoral Award: 'Systemic Inclusion: Representation and Diversity in UK Literary Festivals'. She is also Director of Studies for Sam Rose's PhD project on writing for cancer survivors. She acts as Director of Studies for Carmen Thompson's PhD project on space, place, and belonging in the Tees Valley.

External positions

External Examiner: MA Creative Writing and MFA Creative Writing, York St John University


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