Kate Simpson

Kate Simpson


I am an editor, poet, and critic. I have edited for prominent UK publishers including Aesthetica, Faber, and Magma, and write regularly on literature and climate for The Telegraph, amongst other prominent outlets. I have been described by the Times Literary Supplement as “determinedly radical and iconoclastic… with a tautness and focus not typical of the genre”. My 2021 anthology, Out of Time: Poetry from the Climate Emergency (2021) was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation – lauded as the “definitive anthology for this decisive decade” – and was selected as a Guardian Book of the Year.  


Research interests

I am part of a Doctoral Training Programme in Extinction Studies. I sit between the School of English and the School of Earth and Environment, where I am working on a debut collection exploring deep time poetics, addressing what geologist Marcia Bjornerud defines as our species-specific “chronophobia” – a climactic form of “time denial”.


  • MA Creative Writing (Distinction), Newcastle University
  • BA (Hons) English with Creative Writing (First Class), University of Nottingham

Research groups and institutes

  • Environmental Humanities Research Group
  • Poetry Centre
  • Creative Writing at Leeds
  • Centre for Practice Research in the Arts