The Centre for Contemporary Poetry (informally known as 'Contempo') is a collaborative, cross-institutional research centre founded in 2006, and run by the English Departments of:
Aberystwyth University: Co-ordinator, Peter Barry
Bangor University: Co-ordinator, Zoë Skoulding
University of Brighton: Co-ordinator, John Wrighton
Plymouth University: Co-ordinator, Mandy Bloomfield
University of Surrey: Co-ordinator, Stephen Mooney
It is a ‘critical/creative’ grouping devoted to the interests of poets who are also academics, academics who are also poets, and those who are ‘merely’ one or the other. ContemPo has a special (but not exclusive) interest in investigating experimental and performance poetries and their poetics.
Its core-activity is a programme of video-linked papers, seminars, and performances by academics, postgraduate students, and invitees of the five full-member institutions. ContemPo has a website which is maintained by John Wrighton and includes material from most of the sessions to date.
Centre for Contemporary Poetry website: www.contempoetry.com