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Dr Sam Riviere

Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor in the Department of English StudiesRoom A61, Elvet Riverside 


I studied at the Norwich School of Art and Design and at Royal Holloway UOL, before completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2012. I have published three poetry collections with Faber & Faber, forming a loose trilogy: 81 Austerities (2012), Kim Kardashian’s Marriage (2015), and After Fame (2020). A book of experimental prose, Safe Mode, was published by Test Centre in 2017, and my first novel, Dead Souls, was published in 2021, by W&N in the UK and Catapult in the USA. I am interested in small presses and have published several limited-edition poetry titles, including Standard Twin Fantasy (Egg Box, 2014), True Colours (After Hours, 2016), and Old Poem (A6 Books, 2019). From 2015–2017 I was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Edinburgh, and since 2015 I have run the micropublisher If a Leaf Falls Press, which has released over 90 titles to date. My research interests include contemporary poetry and ‘post-internet’ poetics, found text and appropriation, conceptual writing, small presses and innovative publishing, form and procedure in poetry and prose, imitation and plagiarism, autofiction and experimental fiction, book arts, and post-digital publishing and writing generally, especially the effects of technology on literary style, genre and form.

Esteem Indicators

  • 2018: Collyer Bristow Prize for Debut Fiction (shortlist): ;for Safe Mode
  • 2017: Hawthornden Fellowship: from the Hawthornden Trust
  • 2017: Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize (shortlist): ;for Kim Kardashian's Marriage
  • 2017: Society of Authors’ Authors’ Foundation grant : for work in progress
  • 2012: Forward Prize for Best First Collection: for 81 Austerities
  • 2011: UEA Graduate School : Public Engagement Prize
  • 2010: Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice: for Faber New Poets 7
  • 2009: Eric Gregory Award: from the Society of Authors
  • 2008: AHRC full award for research: 2008–2011


Authored book

  • Riviere, Sam (2021). Dead Souls. Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
  • Riviere, Sam (2020). After Fame: The Epigrams of Martial. Faber & Faber.
  • Riviere, Sam (2017). Safe Mode. Test Centre.
  • Riviere, Sam (2015). Kim Kardashian's Marriage. Faber & Faber.
  • Riviere, Sam (2014). Standard Twin Fantasy. Egg Box.
  • Riviere, Sam (2012). 81 Austerities. Faber & Faber.
  • Riviere, Sam (2010). Faber New Poets 7. Faber & Faber.

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Riviere, Sam (2021). In Defense of Poetic Plagiarism: on the Foundational Practices of Collaboration and Copying. Literary Hub
  • Riviere, Sam (2021). Unreal Worlds (?): on poetry between Romania and the UK. Modern Poetry in Translation
  • Riviere, Sam (2018). Optimism: on John Ashbery. PN Review
  • Riviere, Sam (2018). A thing to be loved: on Chelsey Minnis, Nadia de Vries, Hannah Regel. Poetry Review
  • Riviere, Sam (2017). Mania of Aggregation: on Ed Atkins. Poetry London
  • Riviere, Sam (2015). Disappearing the Ferrari: on Eric Amling, Monica McClure, Jon Leon. Poetry Review

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