Dr Patrick Errington

Early Career Teaching and Research Fellow


Dr Patrick James Errington is a Canadian-born poet, critic, translator, and academic. His poems appear regularly in magazines, journals, and anthologies such as The Poetry Review, The Cincinnati Review, Narrative, Boston Review, The Iowa Review, Best New Poets, Best New British and Irish Poets, Poets.org, Oxford Poetry, Copper Nickel, West Branch, and others. His work has also won or been commended for a number of international prizes, including The National Poetry Competition, the Wigtown Poetry Competition, The London Magazine Poetry Competition, the McLellan Poetry Prize, the Plough Prize, and the Poetry International Prize, and he was the recipient of the 2020 Callan Gordon Award from the Scottish Book Trust.  Patrick is the author of two collections of poems, Glean (ignitionpress, 2018) and Field Studies (Clutag Press, 2019), and his French translation of PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphey’s The Hollow of the Hand was released by Éditions l’Âge d’Homme in 2017. In addition, Patrick has worked in an editorial capicity for several publications, including The New Yorker, The Columbia Journal, and The Scores, and his critical writing appears in magazines like Poetry London and The Compass.

A graduate of the University of Alberta (BA, 2011), where he studied under Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, Patrick also holds an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in writing and literary translation from Columbia University (2015) and a PhD for his research in literary theory and enactive hermeneutics under Profs John Burnside and Don Paterson at the University of St Andrews (2018). He has taught literature, literary theory, and creative writing at Columbia University and at numerous universities around Scotland, including Edinburgh Napier, the University of Dundee, the University of St Andrews, and the University of Edinburgh. 

(Photo credit: Rob McDougall)


PhD, University of St Andrews

MFA, Columbia University

BA, University of Alberta

Undergraduate teaching

Creative Writing (prose and poetry) and English literatures.

Postgraduate teaching

MSc Creative Writing

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

My current projects look to theorise and put into practice postcritical modes of readerly engagement with modern/contemporary literary texts based on my transdisciplinary doctoral research in cognitive neuroscience, phenomenological and linguistic philosophies, creative writing, and literary theory, as well as through my own creative practice.

Papers delivered

'Beyond Critical: A Cognitive Case for Responding with Poetry’ | Cognitive Futures in the Humanities, University of Kent, Canterbury | July 2018

‘In Kind: How a Co-Creative Response Encourages an Enactive Reading of Poetry’ | Educational Role of Language III, University of Educational Sciences, Vilnius | June 2018

‘Immersive Poetics: Creative Response Writing as an Enactive Approach to Poetry’ | English Shared Futures, University of Newcastle, Newcastle | July 2017

‘Body in Mind: Poetry and the Re-Embodiment of Abstract Thought’ | Contemporary Poetry: Thinking & Feeling, University of Plymouth | May 2016