Wanda O'Connor

Dr Wanda O’Connor is a poet and an Associate Lecturer for the Open University and tutor for the Poetry School. She is originally from Canada and is currently based in Cardiff. She specialises in creative and critical writing, experimental and hybrid writing, contemporary poetics, American and British women’s poetry, literature and theory, literature and philosophy, waste studies, and ecopoetry. She is interested in expanded translation and, as a former Classicist, translates poetry from Classical Greek. She is currently working on a monograph on contemporary Projectivist theory – inspired by the American poet Charles Olson, which formed the basis of her doctoral research. Her first poetry collection, Ponds Close, is under publication consideration. Her creative work has appeared in journals and anthologies such as The Best Canadian Poetry 2014 (Tightrope Books), Wretched Strangers, and The World Speaking Back… to Denise Riley (both from Boiler House Press), and Bad Kid Catullus (Sidekick Books). She has an article on creative practice and waste objects forthcoming in TEXT Journal in 2021. Dr O’Connor co-organized and co-founded the innovative poetry reading series Cardiff Poetry Experiment from 2014-2018, organised the poetics symposium Projectivisms in 2018, and is currently writing a second poetry collection based on the Pythian oracles at Delphi.