UCL English


Dr Matthew James Holman

Email: matthew.holman.15@ucl.ac.uk
External phone: 020 7679 3125 (Autumn) 0207 679 3145 (Spring)
Internal phone: 33125 (Autumn) 33145 (Spring)
Office no: FC203 (Autumn term) FC 230 (Spring)


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Education and Experience

Dr Matthew James Holman joined UCL in 2021 as Associate Lecturer in English, after completing a PhD thesis on the poet Frank O’Hara in the department. Matthew has received research fellowships and grants from Yale University, the Smithsonian Institution, and The Terra Foundation for American Art. He spent the 2017/2018 academic year as a Visiting Scholar at The John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies in Berlin under a Leverhulme Trust studentship. Before returning to UCL, Matthew taught at The Slade School of Fine Art, The Courtauld, and Queen Mary University of London. He completed his first degrees at the universities of Sheffield and York.

Matthew writes regularly for international arts publications, including Frieze, The Art Newspaper, Apollo, Burlington Contemporary, and The White Review. He is also a regular contributor to curatorial projects in the UK and internationally, and has worked with Kasmin, Lévy Gorvy, David Zwirner, Gagosian, and Waddington Custot galleries.

Research Interests

Matthew’s research focuses on modern American poetry and the visual arts. His first book, In Favor of One’s Time: Frank O’Hara and the American Century, is the first to consider in detail O’Hara’s distinguished curatorial career for The Museum of Modern Art’s International Program, which gave him access to art, artists, and cities, and was essential to the shaping of his cosmopolitan aesthetics. Matthew is also completing another book project on O’Hara: an illustrated collection, Frank O’Hara: The Jane Poems, on the series of lyrics addressed to the painter Jane Freilicher.

Matthew is currently working on two new research outputs: an article on itinerancy in the work of Cyclades-born Iliassa Sequin, whose poetry remains significantly under-researched; and a book-length study on the contemporary American lyric and crisis, focusing on poems by Peter Gizzi, Eileen Myles, and Aaron Coleman, among others. With Chloe Julius and Michael Green, he is editing a book on citational practices that looks at the relationship between literature and art, specifically visual artists who incorporate literary sources into their work.


[in preparation] In Favor of One’s Time: Frank O’Hara and the American Century


‘I draw these letters’, Oxford Art Journal 40, No. 2 (June 2017)

‘Grace to be born and live as variously as possible’, Oxford Poetry XVI.II (Summer 2016)