Yeung, Heather



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Personal profile


My work is in theoretical and applied poetry and poetics, often interacting with deep ecological and cultural materialist perspectives. I have strong comparative research interests in global literatures, global feminisms, music, and the plastic and performing arts. I am particularly interested in poetry’s (im)material status as a textual and verbal art form; creative and critical work in literature and the wider arts which sits at the intersection of forms, genres, media, languages, and disciplines; literature which works in productive dialogue with the natural sciences; and, across all of these interests, precarious and transitive states of existence.

Published work includes: 2 edited collections on Art Walking; a monograph Spatial Engagement with Poetry; a journal special issue 'Thinking the Global with Literature'; a monograph On Literary Plasticity.

Current research concerns: a monograph tentatively entitled 'Modern Stone'; a collaborative interrogation of the poetics, politics, and philosophical mobilizations of the figure of caesura; a rewriting of the difficult history of the sonnet; a poetic-pedagogical work tentatively entitled 'Metapoetics'; various translations.

I do not publish poetry by conventional means, nor is the circulation of my artist books fully mappable. This renegade interaction with publication indices (particularly the critical interrogation of international book standardization and cataloguing mechanisms, and the close attention to the histories and natures of ephemeral and the precarious poetic matter) is an ethics, an activisim, and an integral part of my practice as a poet and thinker. My solo and collaborative work as a poet-thinker has been exhibited and performed nationally and internationally. A permanent archive of my poetic output is held in the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh, with holdings also at the National Library of Scotland. Elements of the SPL archive have been brilliantly digitised by Dr. Eleanore Widger, but as much of the work is sequential, and stems from an interest in material, vocalic, and textual form(s) and their effects on our reading, memorized, lives, it is also worth a visit. Links through to the digitization project can be found via my SPL poet’s page (link above). 


My teaching is predominantly in poetry and poetics, intersecting with environmental/ecological thought, forms of literary materialism, and theory.

I am happy to consider graduate (research masters, PhD, postdoctoral) supervision in poetry and poetics and literary (im)materialisms, in areas that overlap with my research interests. Do be in touch to discuss.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Durham University