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 the narratological, the prosaic, 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.