Lucy Cheseldine

Lucy Cheseldine


I joined the University of Leeds in 2017 as an AHRC WRoCAH-funded PhD candidate. My research focusses on New England poet Donald Hall’s poetics of place. This work considers language’s relationship to Hall’s rural community in New Hampshire, particularly within the scope of agricultural labour, regional history, illness, and creative collaborations. I engage with ideas about literary representation by considering the generative role of fragility, loss, and death in his elegic writing, and look towards the new opprotunities such writing offers to visions of social, political, and affective relations. As part of my project, I spent time as a researcher in Hall’s archives at Special Collections, University of New Hampshire and the Houghton Library, Harvard. I also exchanged letters with Hall during his life and maintain links with the Don and Jane society as they look towards future writing projects at his former home Eagle Pond Farm.


Publications and other writing:

Cheseldine, L., “Labouring Destination: A Poetics of Inheritance in Donald Hall’s Life Work”, Oxford Research in English, vol. 11, (2020), 43-61. 

Cheseldine, L., "The Labour of Laziness in American Literature." Comparative American Studies An International Journal, (2020), 1-2.

Cheseldine, L., “Visiting Donald Hall”, PN Review, 244, (2018). 

Cheseldine L., “Down on the Farm” PN Review, 253 (2020).

Cheseldine, L., “Review: Alessandro Cabiati, 'Fabulous Operas, Rock 'n' Roll Shows: The Intoxication and Poetic Experimentation of Arthur Rimbaud and Jim Morrison”, The Jim Morrison Journal, (2019), 2-7.

Cheseldine, Lucy, “Review: Jon C. Teaford, The Twentieth-Century American City: Problem, Promise and Reality” Irish Journal of American Studies, 8 (2018), web.

Cheseldine, Lucy. “Do students need more teaching hours and tests?” The Guardian, Guardian Stu- dents. The Guardian. , 06 Feb. 2013. Web.

Cheseldine, Lucy. “Words of wisdom on ‘Luddite Farm’.” The Telegraph, Travel. The Telegraph. , 05 Dec. 2014. Web.


Conference Papers:

University of Leeds, Re-Working Georgics, 2019. “Translating the Soil: Transitions of Labour in Donald Hall’s Life Work”.

University of Leeds PGR Seminar, 2019. Paper Title, “The Paris Review Years: Donald Hall’s First Acquaintance with Poets”.

Christ Church University, Canterbury, BAAS Annual Conference 2017. Paper title, “New England Ghosts: Donald Hall’s Architecture of Grief”.

University College Cork, IAAS Symposium 2017 “Make American          Again?”. Paper Title, “Mark Twain, The Performer”.

Trinity College Dublin Research Seminar. Paper title, “Theatrical Society: Class, Race and Circus Tricks in Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn”.



The Creative Essay, Level 1, 2020

Poetry and Intepretation, Level 1, 2019

Foundations in English Studies, Level 1, 2019


Other Research and Public Engagement Projects:

The Brilliant Club, PhD Tutor, 2020-: I teach university-style seminars in high schools and sixth forms across West Yorkshire to high achieving students in deprived areas. To do so, I have tailored a strand of my research to deliver as a seminar series titled “The Writer at Work: Expatriate Voices in the Paris Review Interviews”. The students experience university learning and critical thinking through discussions, activities, and essays, as well as gaining an insight into the specificity of higher education study. 

Seminar Participant, International Whitman Week, NYU: I was chosen as a seminar participant on a week-long lecture and seminar program at NYU, reading and discussing the work of American poet Walt Whitman. 

New York City Poetry Society: Festival coordinator, research consultant and co-ordinator 2019: I worked with the New York Poetry Society to write and produce a series of interviews with headline poets including Robert Pinsky. I also contributed to their blog during the run up to the festival. 


Scholarships and Prizes:

WRoCAH Scholarship, AHRC and University of Leeds (2017)

Irish Research Council, Postgraduate Scholarship (2017)

University of Glasgow, Talent Scholarship (2010-2014)

University of Alabama, President’s List for high achivement in American literature (2012-2013)


Research interests

Place, affect, and poetics

Fragility in American poetry 

Rhetoric, literature, and the American landscape 

New England literature and history

The American Short Story

Poets’ Archives and letters

The Figure fo the American Farmer

The Essay as Form


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