Next Oxford Professor of Poetry announced as A E Stallings

Procession after the Professor of Poetry announcement

Congratulations to A E Stallings who has just been announced as the next Oxford Professor of Poetry. Professor Marion Turner, Chair of the English Faculty Board, made the announcement on 16 June at Convocation Hall. 

In her statement, submitted as part of her application, A E Stallings said, "as Oxford Professor of Poetry I would speak not only on anglophone poets, living and dead, but on translation, Classical poetry, and modern Greek poetry...I would keep an open door to discuss student work, would run workshops with members of the Oxford community, visit schools, arrange translation seminars, and host readings from American, foreign-language, and refugee poets."

A E Stallings studied Classics at the University of Georgia followed by a Mst in Latin Literature at Oxford University (Lady Margaret Hall). Her poetry collections include Archaic Smile (1999), winner of the Richard Wilbur Award, Hapax (2006), Olives (2012), and Like (2018), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She has also published verse translations, including Lucretius's The Nature of Things, Hesiod's Works and Days, and an illustrated The Battle Between the Frogs and the Mice

A E Stallings will succeed Alice Oswald as Professor of Poetry. Professor Oswald was elected in June 2019 and gave her valedictory lecture on 9 June 2023 at the Oxford University Natural History Museum. Many of her talks are available to watch or listen to on the Professor of Poetry page.