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Personal profile

Key Research Interests

Contemporary British and American poetry, John Ashbery and the New York School, political populism in the 21st Century, literary modernism, age studies in poetry, and the first-person plural in contemporary poetry.


Jake Reynolds is a PhD candidate in Creative and Critical Writing. His thesis concerns the first-person plural in contemporary poetry and an antipopulist reading of John Ashbery's final three collections: Quick Question (2012), Breezeway (2015), and Commotion of the Birds (2016).

Jake also works as an Associate Tutor in LDC, having taught the undergraduate modules Reading Now and Slow Reading. He is also a tutor for the UEA Outreach Student Tutoring Scheme. His poetry has been published by The White Review, bath magg, HVTN, and more.



Academic Background

Jake received his MA in Creative Writing: Poetry (2017) and BA in English Literature with Creative Writing (2016) from UEA. He presented a paper, 'The Age of Ashbery', at UEA's 'Age in America' symposium in 2021; an article in Comparative American Studies based on this paper is forthcoming.