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Toby Martinez de las Rivas

Toby Martinez de las Rivas

Doctoral Student in Creative Writing.

Supervisors: Sinéad Morrissey, Sean O’Brien, Anne Whitehead
Research Project Title: The Body of the Poem: The Life, Death and Afterlife of Poetic Texts

Brief Outline of Research Project:

The project treats poems not as artificial – or even artful – machines, but as bodies that come into being, live and pass away, and researches these bodies as they move across surfaces and media. It imagines poems as ontologically separate from poets, editors and readers, and asks what such an approach can reveal about their lives as incarnate bodies in ‘this’ world.

The Body of the Poem: The Life, Death and Afterlife of Poetic Texts.

Research Interests:

  • Religious Poetry
  • Twentieth Century UK & US Poetry
  • Peoptry & Theology
  • Poetry & Materiality
  • 'Shape' Poetry
  • Poetry & The Occult

Research Activities


Books & Pamphlets

  • Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Black Sun (Faber & Faber, 2018)
  • Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Terror (Faber & Faber, 2014)
  • Rowan Evans, Geoffrey Hill and Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Penguin Modern Poets 7 (Penguin, 2018)
  • Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Triptych No.5 / Violent Trinity, limited edition letterpress (Guillemot Press, 2017)
  • Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Faber New Poets 2 (Faber & Faber, 2009)

Key Anthologies

  • ed. A. R. Thomson, Blackwell’s Poetry No.1 (Oxford School of Poetry, 2020)
  • eds. V. Bean and C.McCabe, The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayward, 2015)
  • ed. N. Hamilton, Dear World & Everyone In It: New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe, 2013)
  • eds. T. Dolley and M. Kapos, The Best of Poetry London 1998 – 2013 (Carcanet, 2013)
  • ed. J. Byrne, The Wolf: A Decade (2002 – 2012) (The Wolf Editions, 2012)
  • ed. T. Swift, Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam (Cinnamon Press, 2012)
  • eds. J. Byrne and C. Pollard, Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century (Bloodaxe, September, 2009)

Book chapters

  • Toby Martinez de las Rivas, ‘Scant Theologies: W.H. Davies and the Figure of Christ’ in ed. R. Waterman, W.H. Davies: Essays on the Super Tramp Poet (Anthem, 2021)

Placements and Funding

  • Northern Bridge DTP award 2018-21 cohort (AHRC)


  • The Renwick Travel Scholarship (British School in Rome) 2019/20 (Newcastle University)
  • The Wiener Library International Prize for Book Art (joint) (The Wiener Library), 2014
  • Australia Residency Award (New Writing North), 2013
  • Grants for the Arts: Research & Development/Time to Write (Arts Council UK), 2010
  • Faber New Poets (Faber & Faber), 2009
  • Andrew Waterhouse Award (New Writing North), 2008
  • Eric Gregory Award (Society of Authors), 2005

Research Groups

  • Word & Image Research Group
  • Creative Arts Research Network 

Academic Background:

Durham University BA (Hons) First Class History & Archaeology