James Garwood-Cole

James Garwood Cole
Cohort Year: 2020
Research Interests: Poetry and Poetics; Critical Theory (Frankfurt School); Marxisms; Aesthetics; Commensurability and Scale; Visual Cultures; Financialization
Education: MA Modern and Contemporary Literature, Culture and Thought, University of Sussex, 2018; BA (Hons) English, University of Sussex, 2017


Before coming to Chicago, James Garwood-Cole lived in London and Brighton, England. James works primarily with anglophone poetries of the twentieth century, and is concerned with the possibilities of poetics as thought: opposed to narrative and the narratological, the prosaic, and the empirical. Their research investigates how these possibilities interact with, diagnose, and undermine, contemporary logics of financialization and commensurability as such.

James is also a poet, particularly interested in small press production and coterie distribution models. For the Brighton-based ‘Hi Zero’ reading series, in collaboration with Face Press and Earthbound Press, Room Sequence was written, printed with Risograph, and circulated, in 2019. New writing is forthcoming.