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Nicola Hamer

Languages and Literature, University of Warwick

Thesis title:

Beyond elegy: confronting grief in contemporary ecopoetry

My thesis explores the ways in which ecological grief – the grief felt in response to environmental losses such as extinction or deforestation, often wrought by colonialism – is confronted in contemporary poetry from North America and the Caribbean. 

Research Area

  • Languages and Literature


'Kamau Brathwaite's 'Scarscape' and Ecopoetic Mourning'
The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) and The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) Biennial Conference - Portland, Oregan (2023)

'These Veins that Run like Rivers': Colonialism and Ecological Grief'
Territorial Bodies: World Culture in Crisis - University of Warwick (2023)

'Ecopoetic Mourning and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill'
English: Shared Futures - University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford (2022)

Public Engagement & Impact

Creative Writing Masterclass for Transformations Prizewinners (2023)

Writing the Future: Creative Writing and Climate Change - a masterclass for the school outreach programme FABFest (2023)

Lecture on Poetry and Seamus Heaney at Bluecoats School Sixth Form College (2023)

Other Research Interests

Environmental Humanities


Environmental Philosophy

Postcolonial Studies

Caribbean Studies