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Lila Matsumoto

Assistant Professor in Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

PhD (University of Edinburgh); MLitt (University of Aberdeen); BA (Vassar College, US)

I am a Teaching Associate in Creative Writing and the School of English Year One Tutor for 2016-2017.

Before coming to University of Nottingham, I taught creative writing and English literature at University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh, and the Scottish Universities' International Summer School.

I am a practicisng poet, and have two published collections of poetry Soft Troika (If a Leaf Falls Press, 2016) and Allegories from my Kitchen (Sad Press, 2015). In 2010 I founded the literary journal SCREE. I also regularly perform my poetry in the UK and abroad.

Expertise Summary

The main areas of my research and teaching are in creative writing and twentieth and twenty-first British and American literature, with a focus on modernist and contemporary poetry. I am particularly interested in experimental forms of production and performance of poetry, and the points of contact, historical and potential, between literary practice and visual arts.

Literary Events and Outreach Initiatives

I am committed to connecting the practice and study of creative writing to wider research culture through innovative research and outreach methods. I have organised and produced such events as Syndicate, a series of readings, performances, and lectures on the intersection of technology and poetry in collaboration with New Media Scotland; Women Translate Translation, a symposium and poetry night on the theme of women and translation at the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh; and Palimpsest, an exhibition of visual poetry at MANY Gallery, Glasgow. I have given lectures on poetry at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Little Sparta garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay.

I am currently involved in running the following literary events:

- Nottingham Poetry Series, a programme of poetry performances, seminars, and reading group sessions https://nottinghampoetryseries.wordpress.com/

- Outside-In/ Inside-Out, festival and online resource of 'outside' and 'subterranean' poetics supported by the AHRC Digital Transformations Fund http://outsidepoetryfestival.wordpress.com

Teaching Summary

I am teaching on the following modules in the School of English:

Undergraduate

Academic Community

Creative Writing: Practice

Creative Writing: Craft

Creative Writing: Pages and Stages

Advanced Writing Practice

Creativity and Language

Creative Writing Dissertation

Postgraduate Modules taught

Poetry: Form and Context

Creative Writing Workshop

Conventions and Techniques

Research Summary

My current practice-based research is on the poetics of objects and the application of new materialism theories on creative writing.

Recent research colloquia I have presented at include:

'Poetic Technologies: Exploring Hebridean renewable energy production through poetry- sculpture collaboration': Bath Spa Intercultural Communication through Practice Research Group (November 2017)

'Happy Work: Poetics, Women's Labour, and Object oriented ontology', Land/Change Environmental Humanities Festival: Bath Spa University funded by British Academy (February 2017)

'Poetic Materialism', Poetry and Ecology Symposium, Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Edinburgh (July 2016)

'Writing Artefacts: encounters between poetics and sculpture', Edinburgh College of Art Lecture Series: University of Edinburgh (April 2016)

Recent Publications

  • MATSUMOTO, LILA, 2018. Urn & Drum Shearsman. (In Press.)
  • MATSUMOTO, L., 2016. Soft Troika If a Leaf Falls Press.
  • ‘at the house of a female friend’; ‘my highland guide’; ‘she points out features of the landscape’: Three poem-booklets exhibited as part of Wordsworth and Bashō, Walking Poets: Encounters with Nature exhibition at Kakimori Bunko Gallery, Itami, Japan 2016. At: Kakimori Bunko Gallery, Itami, Japan09/17/2016 00:00:00-11/03/2016 00:00:00.
  • MATSUMOTO, L., 2015. Allegories from my kitchen Sad Press.

Past Research

I regularly engage with practitioners and venues of visual arts in my poetry. Recent projects include:

Poem 'by likeness', published in MAP magazine

Poem booklet 'Dorothy Wordsworth', exhibited at Kakimori Bunko Gallery (Osaka, Japan), as part of Walking Poets project funded by Arts Council England, in association with University of Sunderland and The Wordsworth Trust.

Film-poem 'Strawflower', created with Adam Butcher, performed at Front Horse (London), published in DATABLEED journal of poetry.

Poem theatre piece 'byword', created with Mairi Lafferty and performed at Glasgow City Hall.

Poem theatre piece and video 'Pebbles', created with Rocio von Jugenfeld and performed at the 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • MATSUMOTO, LILA, 2018. Urn & Drum Shearsman. (In Press.)
  • MATSUMOTO, L., 2016. Soft Troika If a Leaf Falls Press.
  • ‘at the house of a female friend’; ‘my highland guide’; ‘she points out features of the landscape’: Three poem-booklets exhibited as part of Wordsworth and Bashō, Walking Poets: Encounters with Nature exhibition at Kakimori Bunko Gallery, Itami, Japan 2016. At: Kakimori Bunko Gallery, Itami, Japan09/17/2016 00:00:00-11/03/2016 00:00:00.
  • MATSUMOTO, L., 2015. Allegories from my kitchen Sad Press.
  • MATSUMOTO, L., 2015. 'Work Performance, and Poetry' Conference Report Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. 7(1), 1-12
  • MATSUMOTO, L., 2015. Review of Frances Presley's halse for hasel Shearsman Review.
  • MATSUMOTO, L., 2013. 'Review of SNOW #1' HixEros Poetry Review. 2(1), 28-30
  • MATSUMOTO, L., 2012. 'Imitation, Repetition, Tradition: Some Reflections on the Poetry of Ian Hamilton Finlay' FORUM Journal of Culture and the Arts. 15,

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