Personal profile

Key Research Interests

John Ashbery and the New York School, contemporary poetry, politics and populism in the 21st Century, age studies in poetry, 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 the School of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing, having taught the undergraduate modules Reading Now, Slow Reading, and Creative Writing: Spring. He also tutors English Language and English Literature for GCSE and A Level students. 

His poetry has been published by The White Review, Perverse, bath magg, Anthropocene, 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 won the University's Malcolm Bradbury Prize for his undergraduate dissertation. In 2023 he worked as a Curatorial Research Assistant with the British Archive for Contemporary Writing.