School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Mark Byers




DPhil in English, Balliol College, Oxford

MSt in English (1900-Present), Balliol College, Oxford

BA (Hons) English Literature, Durham University


Research Interests

I am principally interested in twentieth-century poetry (particularly modernist and late modernist poetry), media history, and textual studies. My first monograph, Charles Olson and American Modernism: The Practice of the Self (OUP 2018), investigated the ‘remaking’ of literary and visual modernism in the first decade after 1945, reading the work of American poet Charles Olson alongside his contemporaries in other media, notably painting. I have also written on other late modernist poets, including the British poet R.F. Langley.

Current Research

My current monograph project examines the emergence of electronic and digital textuality in the period 1950 to 1985 and their implications for (and in) experimental poetic practice, particularly in the United States. In addition, I am editing the letters of the British-Irish poet Tom Raworth, a project supported by a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant.

With Professor Linda Anderson and Dr Ahren Warner, I recently edited a collection of essays, The Contemporary Poetry Archive: Essays and Interventions (EUP 2019). I am also closely involved in the development of Newcastle University’s Contemporary Poetry Collections (

Postgraduate Supervision 

I welcome inquiries from prospective research students in any of my areas of expertise.


In 2020/21 I will be teaching on the following modules:

SEL1003: Introduction to Literary Studies 1 (Convenor)

SEL1030: Close Reading

SEL2207: Modernisms

SEL8542: Research Methods II

SEL8047: Dissertation (Convenor)