I am Jeremy Allan Hawkins, a New York-born, French-American poet, researcher, and educator in creative writing and spatial design. This is the site where I will be creating space for the different things I do and make.
I teach at the Strasbourg National School of Architecture, on topics ranging from architectural language, to creative writing in design, and narrating design projects. My poetry and literary criticism has been published in Europe and the United States and you can find my literary publications here on the site, along with other writing. I continue to be active in the literary community, but I have also decided to devote more of my energy as a writer to research. As a researcher, I work on the material aspects of poetic language, and specifically how it influences our bodies in space. This is the foundation of my doctoral project in Creative Writing, that I am currently pursuing in the form of a Doctor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Glasgow. This site will serve, in part, as a place to maintain a research blog related to that work.
I am particularly interested in how creative writing and poetic practices can impact spatial design processes, notably in architecture and urbanism, and how design environments can in turn influence writing done within or alongside them. I am also generally interested in practice-based and arts-based research, as counterpoint to more rationalist research paradigms, and possibly as antidote to market-driven perspectives on knowledge creation. This is absolutely political, because I do believe in the struggle against systemic oppression and environmental destruction, and I think it starts with how we seek knowledge about space and materials.
These are all different facets of an ever-evolving cluster of positions that I’m going to call Spatial Poetics, which is both the title of my DFA project, and this site.
I’ll also try to direct readers elsewhere, to work I find to be meaningful, especially if it allows for the amplification of underrepresented or historically silenced voices.
Digital space is space too, material in ways we often underappreciate or ignore, much like the materiality of poetry and poetic texts.