Arthur Allen

Thesis title: Fragments and poetic objects in the art of mourning


Arthur Allen is a British-Canadian poet and translator reading for a PhD in grief and semiotics.  Allen is the author of Twenty Twenty: Treatments for Cut Flowers (runner-up in the Erbacce Prize for Poetry 2021) and The Nurseryman (winner of the Eyelands Book Awards 2019 Poetry Prize), as well as the chapbook Here Birds Are (semi-finalist in the Claudia Emerson Poetry Chapbook Award 2016). Their translations of the early poems of Maria Wine, forgotten doyenne of Swedish literary modernism, have appeared in the Swedish Book Review, the Bitter Oleander, Fence and Poetry Salzburg. Allen’s translation of Wine’s poem ‘I have barely begun to build your name’ was selected by Khairani Barokka for a First Time Entrant Commendation in the Stephen Spender Trust Prize 2021.


  • MSt Creative Writing, University of Oxford (Distinction)
  • BA English Literature, University of East Anglia

Research summary

  • Stéphane Mallarmé
  • Roland Barthes
  • Hélène Cixous
  • Denise Riley
  • Susan Howe
  • Anne Carson
  • John Berger
  • Mark Fisher
  • Tove Jansson
  • Moyra Davey
  • Susan Stewart
  • Adrienne Rich