Dr Calum Rodger, PhD, MLitt, MA Hons

I am a Glasgow-based poet, performer, scholar, tutor and events organiser, dedicated to fostering the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of poetry in Scotland through performance, research and engagement. In my creative and commissioned work I strive towards an immediate and accessible style with a knowing, playful wink towards poetic tradition and a proclivity for the strange and experimental.

I play an active role in the literary and wider community through organising events and other engagement activities, while my academic work is highly esteemed and has attracted significant funding and international awards. My work is chameleonic and wide-ranging, but has a common goal throughout: to bring together tradition, experiment and contemporary experience through collaboration and connection, for the pleasure of ‘literary’ and ‘general’ audiences alike.


  • Scottish Literature PhD, University of Glasgow, 2011 – 2015
    From Stonypath to Little Sparta: Navigating the Work of Ian Hamilton Finlay
  • Modernities MLitt (Distinction), University of Glasgow, 2010 – 2011
  • English Literature MA Hons (First Class), University of Glasgow, 2003 – 2007


Selected Employment History

Teaching and Workshops

  • Lead Reader, Open Book, HMP Low Moss, 2017-present
  • Tutor (Scottish Literature; English Literature: Poetry & Poetics), School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow, 2012-present
  • Tutor (Creative Writing), Workers’ Education Association/NHS, 2015
  • Tutor (Scottish Literature), Scottish Universities International Summer School, University of Edinburgh, 2015-2016
  • Widening Participation Summer School Tutor (English Literature), Recruitment and International Office/School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow, 2015
  • Widening Participation Tutor, Recruitment and International Office, University of Glasgow, 2014-2016

Events Organisation

  • Co-Director, Scottish Universities’ International Summer School, University of Edinburgh, 2017-present
  • Reading Champion, New College Lanarkshire/Scottish Prison Service, 2016-2017
  • Event Co-Ordinator: Policy Stories, Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities, 2015
  • Events Management Intern, Research Strategy and Innovation Office, The University of Glasgow, 2014-2015


Selected Publications

Poetry Pamphlets

  • Glasgow Flourishes, (Alford: Tapsalteerie, 2014)
  • Know Yr Stuff: Poems on Hedonism, (Alford: Tapsalteerie, 2014)

Poetry in Edited Collections

  • ‘A Voter’s Reflections in Rhyme’, in Aiblins: New Scottish Political Poetry, (Luath: Edinburgh, 2016)


Research and Criticism

  • ‘Reading the Drones: Working Towards a Critical Tradition of Interactive Poetry Generation’, in Formules 18: Littérature et Numérique, (Paris, New York: Presses Universitaires du Nouveau Monde, June 2014), 237-255 [Awarded N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature (Honorary Mention), 2014]
  • Ian Hamilton Finlay, Routledge Encyclopaedia of Modernism entry, 2017
  • W.S Graham, Routledge Encyclopaedia of Modernism entry, 2017
  • ‘“Edinburgh / and oh – harmonious diction”: Neu! Reekie! #UntitledOne, review, Gutter #15, June 2016
  • ‘Nothing Not Sending Missives: Edwin Morgan, The Midnight Letterbox: Selected Letters 1960-2010, review, Gutter #13, October 2015
  • ‘Alight Here As Often As Possible: Do Not Alight Here Again by Rachel McCrum and Ire & Salt by Jenny Lindsay’, review, Gutter #13, October 2015
  • ‘@godtributes by @deathmtn’, review, I <3 E-Poetry, 15 April 2015,
  • ‘@DependsUponBot, @JustToSayBot, and @BlackBoughBot by Mark Sample’, review, I <3 E-Poetry, 17 February 2015
  • ‘Flarf’s back – and this time it’s personal: review of Steve Roggenbuck’s If You Dont Love The Moon Your an Asshole, Tripwire: Journal of Poetics, 2016 (previously published in Hix Eros #3, February 2014)
  • ‘The Eye’, exhibition pamphlet, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, December 2014
  • ‘We Were Punks Once: Graham Fulton’s One Day in the Life of Jimmy Denisovich, Glasgow Review of Books, 20 September 2014,
  • ‘Island Books: Amy Todman’, review of ‘[ Cover ]’, The Island Review, 11 July 2014
  • ‘This is Alt Lit: Anomie in the Age of Social Networks’, Glasgow Review of Books, 3 April 2014
  • ‘Why Art Needs Yellowism (And You’re All Fucking Wrong)’, essay distributed at Dada’s Little Bitch Yellowism exhibition, Freak Sister Chamber, London, November 2012
  • Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Nature Over Again After Poussin: Some Discovered Landscapes Exhibition Guide, Tate Artist Rooms, Park Gallery, Falkirk, August-November 2013
  • ‘Poems of the Infra-Extraordinary: Alec Finlay’s Question your teaspoons: Stonypathian Memories, Glasgow Review of Books, 28 May 2013


Selected Projects and Collaborations

  • Vox Liminis: Unbound, visiting artist running workshops with weekly UNBOUND group, 2018
  • CentreStage, creative writing workshop facilitator for high school students, Kilmarnock, 2018
  • Rock, Star, North., solo show (20min) at Flint & Pitch, 2017
  • 48Hr Filmpoem Challenge, collaboration with Rachel McCrum, running competition for poets in Scotland and around the world to make a filmpoem in 48 hours, hosting workshop and judging ceremony at the University of Glasgow, 2016
  • Outside-In/Inside-Out: A Symposium / Poetry Festival on Outside and Subterranean Poetry, organising comittee, 2016
  • Cinepoems, collaboration with Rachel McCrum, Jonathan Lamy and Genevieve Gosselin-G (in association with the Scottish Poetry Library, British Council, and Quebec/UK Connections) producing and showcasing a series of filmpoems, Montreal and Edinburgh, 2016
  • ‘True Stories’, workshop facilitator for New Rhythms For Glasgow/Possobilities disability community project, 2016
  • ‘Surviving Survival’, workshop facilitator for self-directed support charity Social Care Ideas Factory Sherpa Union project, 2016
  • THE VERSE HEARSE, co-organiser (with poet Stewart Sanderson) and host of demi-legendary live poetry night in Glasgow, featuring local talent and guest poets from the UK and beyond, 2012-2015
  • Bright Club, performer, event organiser and workshop facilitator for postgraduate-run stand-up comedy group, 2012-2015
  • ‘The Eye’ (Untitled Projects), consultant and collaborator on Creative Scotland-funded project to adapt George Bataille’s The Story of the Eye for sculptural installation/performance, 2014
  • Little Sparta Poetry Readings, organised and hosted two poetry readings at Ian Hamilton Finlay’s poetry garden Little Sparta, featuring poets from the UK, Europe and the USA, 2013/2015
  • Tate ARTIST ROOMS: Ian Hamilton Finlay (Park Gallery, Falkirk), workshop facilitator and writer of exhibition guide for 13-25 y/o age group, 2013
  • eSharp and The Kelvingrove Review (University of Glasgow), issue editor, general editor and various other roles, 2012-2013
  • Assembling Identities: University of Glasgow College of Arts International Postgraduate Conference 2013, organising committee, 2012-2013
  • ‘fire into song’ (Arches LIVE), collaboration with Dr Cara Berger and others, using live generative poetry in a postdramatic context, 2012
  • Hunterian Associate, podcast and talk on the poem-prints of Ian Hamilton Finlay, presented in collaboration with the Hunterian Gallery, Glasgow


Selected Commissions

  • Cosmic Cabaret, Glasgow Science Festival, The Admiral Bar Glasgow, June 2016
  • Food Fruition @ Climate Challenge Fund, George Square Glasgow, April 2016
  • A Futurist Meal, Edinburgh International Science Festival, March 2016
  • Coorie-In:Land with Rally & Broad @ Scot:Lands, Grassmarket Community Project, January 2016
  • bread & memory / poetry & potluck, for CCA Cooking Pot Project, bakery47, November 2015
  • What Does the Tenement Mean to You?, for Glasgow Doors Open Day, September 2015
  • ‘The Science of Poetry/The Poetry of Science’, for the Glasgow Science Festival, Siempre Bicycle Café, May 2015
  • ‘We Chose to Climb’, for Social Care Ideas Factory, We Chose to Climb Conference, The Arches, Glasgow, March 2015
  • ‘Glasgow Flourishes’, for TEDxGlasgow, Royal Conservatoire, Glasgow, June 2014

Editorial Work

  • All These New Relations, founder and co-editor (with Rachel McCrum), online magazine exploring and showcasing the milieux, methods and madnesses of contemporary poetry in all its emergent myriad forms, May 2017-present
  • Sam Small, Pure Toilet, book editor, February-March 2017
  • Gutter Magazine, poetry reviews editor, September 2016-present

Selected Talks and Conference Papers

  • ‘From Stonypath to Little Sparta: Compass of the Non-Secular’, Ian Hamilton Finlay: Little Fields, Long Horizons, University of Edinburgh, July 2017
  • ‘A Suprematist Pastoral: The Influence of the Russian Avant-Garde on Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Garden Poetics’, Fifth Moffat Russian Conference: Poets and Power, Moffat, October 2016
  • ‘Cinepoems: Scotland/Quebec’, with Rachel McCrum and Jonathan Lamy, Outside-in / Inside-out: A festival of outside and subterranean poetry, Glasgow Women’s Library, October 2016
  • ‘Filmpoesie, a night of film and poetry’, with Rachel McCrum, Jonathan Lamy and Geneviève Gosselin-G, Scottish Poetry Library, October 2016
  • Lightning Paper Competition (judge), SGSAH Summer School, Teacher Building, Glasgow, June 2016
  • ‘A “Science of Belonging” or a Silence of Longing?: John Burnside, Ian Hamilton Finlay and the “Beyond”’, Ecocultures, Pearce Institute, Govan, Glasgow, October 2015
  • ‘Post-Docalypse Now’, Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities Residential, Millport, August 2015
  • ‘Locus of the “Non-Secular”: The Temples of Stonypath/Little Sparta’, Modernism, Place and Space, University of Strathclyde, February 2015
  • ‘Makar and Makar: Ian Hamilton Finlay and Edwin Morgan’, Early Career Researchers’ 20th Century Experimental Poetry Panel, University of Warwick, February 2015
  • ‘Poetic Thinking in the Memeplex with Internet Poetry: Image Macro as Poetic Form’, Information Overload, University of Edinburgh, September 2014
  • ‘Reading the Drones: Working Towards a Critical Tradition of Interactive Poetry Generation’, Chercher Le Texte: Locating the Text in Electronic Literature, Electronic Literature Organization Conference 2013, Laboratoire Paragraphe and EnsAD (Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs), Paris, September 2013
  • ‘Writing Between Arts: Ekphrasis and Concrete Poetry’, Writing Into Art, University of Strathclyde and Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, June 2013
  • ‘Art is a Small Adjust-ment: Poetry and Geometry from Brasilia to Little Sparta’, Alternative Modernisms, University of Cardiff, May 2013
  • ‘Tradition Over Again After the Avant-Garde: Ian Hamilton Finlay’s “Ante-Postmodernism”’, Celtic and Scottish Studies Postgraduate Symposium, the University of Glasgow, May 2013
  • ‘From Fraternity to Eternity: Tradition Over Again After the Avant-Garde’, National Museum of Scotland hosted by the Scottish Bibliographical Society, April 2013
  • ‘On Digital Poetics’, Syndicate #1: Allopoiesis, University of Edinburgh, February 2013
  • ‘Reading ‘Divine Indifference’: The Poetic Image in JanusNode and other Interactive Poetry Generators’, Forms of Innovation: Literature and Technology, University of Durham, September 2012
  • ‘Poetic Space: A Constellation of Concretism’ (poster presentation), Spaces of (Dis)Location: University of Glasgow College of Arts International Postgraduate Conference, University of Glasgow, May 2012
  • ‘That Plastic Feeling: Geometrical Abstraction and Concrete Poetry’, Intermedial Modernisms, University of Dundee, February 2012


Selected Funding and Awards

  • N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature, Honorary Mention, 2014
  • Researcher Development Programme Funding for eSharp and The Kelvingrove Review journals (as general editor), 2013
  • New Initiatives Funding for Graduate Teaching Network (GTA) Symposium (bid committee member), 2013
  • New Initiatives Funding for Careers Development Panel at Assembling Identities: The University of Glasgow College of Arts International Postgraduate Conference 2013, 2013
  • College of Arts Graduate School Funding for Assembling Identities: The University of Glasgow College of Arts International Postgraduate Conference 2013 (bid committee member), 2013
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council PhD Studentship Award (three year Funding Grant), 2011-2014
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council MLitt Studentship Award (one year Funding Grant), 2010