Dr Patrick Errington

Early Career Teaching and Research Fellow


Dr Patrick James Errington is a Canadian poet, critic, translator, and academic. His poems appear in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies, including The Cincinnati Review, Boston Review, The Iowa Review, Best New Poets, Poets.org, Oxford Poetry, Copper Nickel, West Branch, and the American Literary Review, and have won or been commended for several international prizes such as The National Poetry Competition, the Wigtown Poetry Competition, The London Magazine Poetry Competition, the McLellan Poetry Prize, and the Plough Prize. Patrick is the author of two chapbooks of poems, Glean (ignitionpress, 2018) and Field Studies (Clutag Press, 2019), and his French translation (with Laure Gall) of PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphey’s The Hollow of the Hand, entitled Au creux de la main, was released by Éditions l’Âge d’Homme in 2017.

A graduate of the University of Alberta (Bachelor of Arts, 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 poetic theory and enactive hermeneutics from the University of St Andrews (2018). Currently, he teaches literature, literary theory, and creative writing at several universities in Scotland, including Edinburgh Napier, the University of Dundee, and the University of St Andrews, and he is a Teaching and Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. He is also editor-in-chief of the St Andrews-based, online literary magazine, The Scores.


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

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.