Lucy Cheseldine

Lucy Cheseldine


I joined the University of Leeds in 2017 as a WRoCAH-funded PhD candidate. My research focusses on New England poet Donald Hall poetics and its relationship to regional and national identity. Part of this project began during my M.Phil at Trinity College Dublin where I completed and M,Phil in Literatures of the Americas. I completed a B.A. in English Literature at the University of Glasgow in 2014 during which I spent my Junior Year Abroad at the University of Alabama. Since then, I have given conference papers at the IAAS and BAAS on topics including performativity in Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn and 'New England Ghosts' in Donald Hall's memoirs. I have published in the Irish Journal of American Studies, U.S. Studies Online, Comparative American Studies, and The Jim Morrison Journal. I continue to contribute to the University’s poetry magazine Stand, and to Carcanet’s national Poetry magazine PNR. 

As part of my project, I have spent time as a researcher in Special Collections at the University of New Hampshire and the Houghton Library at Harvard. I was an elected seminar participant at the 2019 International Whitman Week at NYU and a project manager at the New York Poetry Festival that same year. I maintain links with the Don and Jane society as they look towards future writing projects to sustain Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon’s legacy in New Hampshire. This results from a personal correspondence I held with the poet over the course of two years.



Research interests

My research interests lie particularly with New England poetry. More broadly, I am concerned with American literature and short stories. My contextual concerns begin with the realtionship between history and literature in American society. I am also interseted in poetics as process.


  • M.Phil, Literatures of the Americas, Trinity College Dublin
  • M.A. (Hons), English Literature, University of Glasgow
  • Junior Year Abroad, University of Alabama