About James Nixon

James Nixon is an Assistant Lecturer in Academic Writing at New College of the Humanities. He holds degrees in English and American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of London, and is currently completing his PhD on hauntological poetic practices at Goldsmiths (University of London). He is the editor of the online peer-reviewed journal GLITS-e.

He is a former Royal Holloway Emerging Writer Fellow (2015) and Writer-in-residence at Phytology, Bethnal Green, a post funded by Arts Council England (2016). His poetry and criticism has been published widely including in the Best New British and Irish Poets series, and Wild Court (Kings College, London).


PhD, Goldsmiths (University of London) (pending)

MA Creative Writing, Royal Holloway (University of London) (2015)

BA English and American Literature, Goldsmiths (University of London) (2014)



James Nixon's Research

James’ research interests include contemporary poetry and poetic practice, postmodern theory and criticism, psychogeographic writing, and hybrid narratives. He has written critical and creative work on the novels of Patrick Modiano and W. G. Sebald.

His current research explores hauntological poetic practices and representations of spectrality in 20th Century and contemporary literature and criticism. His most recent creative project, The Rimbaud Manuscript, revolves around a fabled found text by the poet Arthur Rimbaud and explores the theme of disappearance through a combination of narrative modes; prose writing, the cento and epistolary fragments. The corresponding thesis Ghost Frequency: Speculation on Hauntological Poetic Practices responds critically to the play between poetry and photography, and methods of intertextuality and appropriation in Anne Carson’s Nox.


Selected Publications

Nixon, J., “It’s 11.26 in SE13”, K. Davio and T. Swift, (eds.) The Best New British and Irish Poets. (Eyewear Publishing, 2016)

Nixon, J., ‘“I dared speak my mind”: War Poetry, or the struggle to connect.’ in Wild Court (March 2016)

Speculation on a Hauntological Poetics, GLITS Sound and Silence Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, Goldsmiths (University of London) (June 2017)

James Nixon's Teaching

Assistant Lecturer in Academic Writing, New College of the Humanities

Poetry Tutor, Poetry School, London (2018-2019)

Creative Writing Tutor, The Brilliant Club (2018-2019)

Professional Activity

Goldsmiths Literature Seminars Coordinator, Goldsmiths (University of London) (2018-2019)

Co-organiser of a weekly series of research seminars based in the English and Comparative Literature Department at Goldsmiths (University of London). The series included research papers, poetry and fiction readings, panel discussion and film screening, with a focus on research development.

Conference Organisation

GLITS Outsiders Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, Goldsmiths (University of London) (2019)

Co-organiser of an international conference based on the theme of Outsiders. Chairing of the plenary session with presentations by Fiona Curran and Lee Cutter from Koestler Arts.