The Centre for Contemporary Poetry, or ContemPo, is a collaborative, cross-institutional research centre. It is a critical-creative grouping devoted to the interests of poets, poetry critics, poets who are also critics, and critics who are also poets. ContemPo has a special (but not exclusive) interest in investigating experimental and performance poetries and their poetics.
Founded in 2006 by Professors Peter Barry and Ian Davidson, ContemPo is today led by five co-directors in different universities:
- Aberystwyth University: Gavin Goodwin
- Bangor University: Zoë Skoulding
- University of Brighton: John Wrighton
- Plymouth University: Mandy Bloomfield
- University of Surrey: Stephen Mooney
We aim to develop knowledge about contemporary poetic practices, about the interface between the word and the visual, and to examine differences in practice between experimental and traditional poetic forms.