Personal profile


Andrea Holland is a Lecturer in Creative Writing. Her collection of poems, Broadcasting was winner of the Norfolk Commission for Poetry (published by Gatehouse Press/StoryMachine). The collection focuses on the forced requisition of several Norfolk villages for D-Day training in 1942, and the subsequent dislocation of villagers and community.  Her pamphlet, Borrowed (Smith/Doorstop) was first stage winner of the Poetry Business Competition. Her writing has been published in The World Speaking Back: Poems for Denise Riley (Boilerhouse Press, 2018); Pestilence (Lapwing Press, 2020) and Nasty Women Poets (Lost Horse Press, 2017) as well as in journals such as Mslexia, The North, Rialto, Honeyguide and Slanted: 12 Poems for Christmas (IST, 2014) and online at and She was shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize for Poetry in 2021, for the Disquiet International prize and is a former winner of the Sentinal Literary Quarterly poetry competition as well as runner up for the Troubador poetry contest and the Mslexia poetry competition amongst other awards. She has contributed reviews to Poetry Review and the Poetry Archive, and continues to collaborate with visual artists on a number of commissioned projects, having a long standing interest in the relationship between writing and visual art.  She has published articles on collaborative practice (The Journal of Writing in Visual Practice, Writing in Education) and also presented papers on this subject as well as on poetry and writing as practice at a number of conferences, including NAWE (2014-22) the European Association of Creative Writing Programs (2015, 2017) and earlier at AWP in New York.

Andrea was elected to the Executive Board of the European Assoc of Creative Writing Programs (EACWP) in April 2019. She is a member of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) Higher Education Committee and contributed to the development of the QAA benchmark statement for creative writing in 2015.

She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts and her BA in English from the State University of New York.

Areas of Expertise

Poetry; creative writing; collaboration; art and writing; cross-arts practices, 20th century women's writing; 20th century American culture (art, literature, music); American rock/alternative music.

Education/Academic qualification

Unknown, Master of Education, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 30 Jun 2020

Bachelor of Arts, Stony Brook University

Master of Arts, University of Massachusetts Amherst

External positions

Tutor, Workers' Educational Association


  • English literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Women's Writing