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Prof Bryan Walpert PhD, MFA, BA


School of English and Media Studies

Bryan is a poet, fiction writer, essayist and literary scholar. He is the author of three collections of poetry, Etymology, A History of Glass, and Native Bird; a collection of short stories, Ephraim's Eyes; and two scholarly books on literature: Resistance to Science in Contemporary American Poetry and Poetry and Mindfulness: Interruption to a Journey. He has been recognized by writing awards in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the US. A Senior Fellow in the Higher Education Academy (UK), he has received a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and a national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award. He teaches 139.123 Creative Writing, 139.229 Writing Poetry, 139.280 Creative Nonfiction and 139.765 New Directions in Creative Writing. His supervision interests include poetry writing, fiction writing and contemporary poetry and poetics.

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Contact details

  • Ph: 09 212 7074
    Location: 2.34, Atrium Building
    Campus: Albany


  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Denver (2002)
  • Master of Fine Arts - University of Maryland (1998)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Brown University (1989)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Creative Writing, poetics, science and literature


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Performing Arts and Creative Writing (190400): Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000)


Creative Writing, poetry, fiction, 20th century American poetry, contemporary fiction

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 3 3
Co-supervisor 1 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Margaret Moores - Doctor of Philosophy
    Miniatures of Reality: An inter-photo-textual investigation of the intersections between prose poetry and photography
  • Jo Aitchison - Doctor of Philosophy
    Not Miss Dust: The Alter Ego in Confessional Poetry
  • Janet Newman - Doctor of Philosophy
    Imagining Ecologies: Traditions of Ecopoetry in Aotearoa New Zealand

Co-supervisor of:

  • Immi Paterson - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Rising Waters of Change: Contemporary New Zealand Climate Fiction.

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Timothy Upperton - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Lyric “I” and the Anti-Confessionalism of Frederick Seidel
  • 2015 - Johanna Emeney - Doctor of Philosophy
    Biomedical Discourse and the Discourse of the Lifeworld in Contemporary New Zealand Poetry on a Medical Theme
  • 2014 - Sarah Barnett - Doctor of Philosophy
    Nature, Fidelity and the Poetry of Robert Hass

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2015 - Lynn Davidson - Doctor of Philosophy
    Repetition as Revision: Explored through the Revision of Place in JackieKay's Fiere, Kathleen Jamie's The Tree House, and Crane, a Creative Composition by Lynn Davidson

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