Dr Elizabeth Reeder

  • Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing - Fiction, Hybrid Forms and the Essay (English Literature)

telephone: 01413306449
email: Elizabeth.Reeder@glasgow.ac.uk

R314, Level 3, Creative Writing Programme, 5 Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow G12 8QH

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0170-8225

Biography

Elizabeth K Reeder writes novels, essays, and stories. She also writes for the radio. Her first novel, Ramshackle was shortlisted for a number of awards including a Saltire Literary award (2013). Her second novel, Fremont, a story of ill-starred fairytale romance full of prejudice and desire, garnered great reviews, and re-jigs notions of home, identity and citizenship.  An Archive of Happiness, a novel, is published by Penned in the Margins (September 2020), is set in the Scottish Highlands over the course of a summer solstice and places us with a normal, fractured family on a day that will force them to redraw traditional bonds of family. microbursts, a collection of lyric and inter-medial essays about the places between life and death, memoir and poetry - a collaborative work between herself and the artist Amanda Thomson - will be published in spring 2021 as part of Prototype’s interdisciplinary strand.

Reeder’s interest in the essay (in particular in experimental, hybrid forms) has developed from a desire to write so that language, form and structure embed knowledge in a way that can be ‘read’ like poetry and art with a high level of complexity and intentional ambiguity.  Reeder curated a series of conversations around essaying in the UK with Max Porter (editor with Granta and author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers); Jacques Testard (Managing director of Fitzcarraldo Editions); Carol Mavor (writer and artist-historian). This can be found here: Digressions: On Essaying in the UK.

Reeder holds a doctorate in English Literature/Creative Writing and is a senior lecturer Creative Writing at University of Glasgow. She organises and is invited to run workshops, seminars and talks on a range of subjects, including her own books and processes; the essay; exuberant creative failure; giving and receiving feedback, and on subjects she explores in her texts such as: illness, grief, Chicago and its architecture, archives (especially difficult, elusive archives), family, narrative structure and many others. She loves chairing events and has interviewed people like Annie Ernaux, Nadine Aisha Jassat, Kelly Link, and Teju Cole. She co-runs Arts Lab Lab on Reading and Writing Death and Dying with Dr Naomi Richards and Amy Shea. She is a MacDowell Fellow.

You can find out more at elizabethkreeder.com She’s on twitter: @ekreeder / instagram: @ekreeder26 

Research interests

Research Interests

Elizabeth research and writing interests include: 

Genres/Forms:
Contemporary Fiction
The Novel
Experimental and Hybrid Forms
Inter-medial and Cross-Genre Writing
The Expanded Essay
Memoir
Narrative Non-Fiction

Subjects:
Maps and Archives, especially experimental and impossible cartographies and collections
Family, especially those made and chosen
Identity
Illness, Death, Dying and Grief
Mental Health
Home and what we Build
Practice As Research
Exuberant, Creative Failure
Giving and Receiving Feedback

Publications

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2020

Reeder, E. (2020) An Archive of Happiness. Penned in the Margins: London. ISBN 9781908058775 (In Press)

2018

Reeder, E. K. (2018) Microbursts. Lune, 01, p. 30.

Reeder, E., Edbrook, L. and Bain, A. (Eds.) (2018) Do Not Make The. MAP Magazine and Essay Catalyst Conversations: Glasgow. ISBN 9780993142420

2017

Reeder, E. (2017) What a thirst it was: longing, excess and the genre-bending essay. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 10(1), pp. 27-47. (doi: 10.1386/jwcp.10.1.27_1)

Reeder, E. (2017) For Now / Six Propositions. [Website]

Reeder, E. , Mavor, C. , Testard, J. , Porter, M. and Kreider, K. (2017) Digressions: On Essaying in the U.K. Series: Essay Press Listening Tour Series, 80. Essay Press.

2016

Reeder, E. (2016) On Women and Essaying: To Be Genre-Bending is to be Dangerous. [Website]

Reeder, E. (2016) One Year. Series: Essay Press groundloop series, 66. Essay Press.

2014

Reeder, E. (2014) What We Know About Doors. Scotsman on Sunday, pp. 32-33.

Reeder, E. and Lethem, J. (2014) Abridgement of Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem. [Performance]

2013

Reeder, E. and Byrne, P. (2013) The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things. [Performance]

Reeder, E. (2013) On leaning into. In: Pazdziora, J.P. and Cizakca, D. (eds.) New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories. Unlocking Press, pp. 213-220. ISBN 9780982963388

Reeder, E. (2013) A prevailing wind. In: Pazdziora, J.P. and Cizakca, D. (eds.) New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories. Unlocking Press, pp. 197-220. ISBN 9780982963388

Reeder, E. (2013) Online learning and how it can help your work. In: Norris, S. (ed.) Studying Creative Writing. Series: Creative Writing Studies, I (4). The Professional and Higher Partnership Ltd: UK, pp. 71-86. ISBN 9781907076428

2012

Reeder, E. (2012) Everyday Wintergreen. [Audio]

Reeder, E. (2012) Ramshackle. Freight Books: UK. ISBN 9780956613578

Reeder, E. (2012) Fremont. Kohl Publishing. ISBN 9780957330801

Reeder, E. (2012) On warming up, close reading and sentences. In: Walker, E. (ed.) Teaching Creative Writing. Series: Teaching creative writing: practical approaches (2). The Professional And Higher Partnership Ltd: Cambridgeshire, pp. 16-20. ISBN 9781907076121

2011

Reeder, E. and Thomson, A. (2011) I plant a lighthouse here. [Performance]

Reeder, E. (2011) Abridged version of Bird Cloud by Annie Proulx for Book of the Week. [Performance]

2010

Reeder, E. (2010) Between places: if, then, essay. PN Review, 37(2), pp. 38-41.

Reeder, E. (2010) Attendance. Kenyon Review, Summer(2010),

Reeder, E. (2010) Lyrical essays. International Literary Quarterly(10),

2009

Reeder, E. (2009) Abridged version of Magnetic North by Sara Wheeler for Book of the Week. [Performance]

Reeder, E. (2009) Attendance. [Performance]

2008

Reeder, E. (2008) Prose Poems. PN Review, 34(3), pp. 28-29.

Reeder, E. (2008) Passage migrant. In: Blackie, S. (ed.) Cleave: New Writing by Women in Scotland. Two Ravens. ISBN 9781906120283

2007

Reeder, E. (2007) 'Old Morse's Door', an excerpt from Ramshackle, a novel. Chapman,

Reeder, E. and Meek, J. (2007) Surveillance and the Fremont Inheritance. Long Lunch: Edinburgh. ISBN 9780955465024

2006

Reeder, E. (2006) Abridged version of Gilead by Marilynne Robinson’s for Book at Bedtime. [Performance]

Reeder, E. (2006) Baggage. [Performance]

Reeder, E. (2006) Gifted. In: Carter, M. (ed.) Word Jig: New Fiction from Scotland. Hanging Loose Press. ISBN 9781931236256

Reeder, E. (2006) One recruit short. In: McInerney, C. (ed.) Glasgow Kiss: A Collection of New Writing from Glasgow. 11/9: Glasgow. ISBN 9781903238332

Reeder, E. (2006) Skinny girls. In: Maguire, S. (ed.) Little Black Dress. Polygon. ISBN 9781904598602

Reeder, E. (2006) 'Standing still, running' a BBC Women's Hour serial. [Performance]

2005

Reeder, E. (2005) What is chosen. [Performance]

1999

Reeder, E. (1999) Common knowledge. In: Maguire, S. and Hargreaves, A. (eds.) Something Wicked: Scottish Crime Fiction. Polygon: Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748662531

1998

Reeder, E. (1998) Crosswords. In: Jamieson, R.A. (ed.) Shorts: The Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Collection. Polygon: Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748662456

This list was generated on Wed Sep 30 10:21:13 2020 BST.
Number of items: 38.

Articles

Reeder, E. K. (2018) Microbursts. Lune, 01, p. 30.

Reeder, E. (2017) What a thirst it was: longing, excess and the genre-bending essay. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 10(1), pp. 27-47. (doi: 10.1386/jwcp.10.1.27_1)

Reeder, E. (2014) What We Know About Doors. Scotsman on Sunday, pp. 32-33.

Reeder, E. (2010) Between places: if, then, essay. PN Review, 37(2), pp. 38-41.

Reeder, E. (2010) Attendance. Kenyon Review, Summer(2010),

Reeder, E. (2010) Lyrical essays. International Literary Quarterly(10),

Reeder, E. (2008) Prose Poems. PN Review, 34(3), pp. 28-29.

Reeder, E. (2007) 'Old Morse's Door', an excerpt from Ramshackle, a novel. Chapman,

Books

Reeder, E. (2020) An Archive of Happiness. Penned in the Margins: London. ISBN 9781908058775 (In Press)

Reeder, E. , Mavor, C. , Testard, J. , Porter, M. and Kreider, K. (2017) Digressions: On Essaying in the U.K. Series: Essay Press Listening Tour Series, 80. Essay Press.

Reeder, E. (2016) One Year. Series: Essay Press groundloop series, 66. Essay Press.

Reeder, E. (2012) Ramshackle. Freight Books: UK. ISBN 9780956613578

Reeder, E. (2012) Fremont. Kohl Publishing. ISBN 9780957330801

Reeder, E. and Meek, J. (2007) Surveillance and the Fremont Inheritance. Long Lunch: Edinburgh. ISBN 9780955465024

Book Sections

Reeder, E. (2013) On leaning into. In: Pazdziora, J.P. and Cizakca, D. (eds.) New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories. Unlocking Press, pp. 213-220. ISBN 9780982963388

Reeder, E. (2013) A prevailing wind. In: Pazdziora, J.P. and Cizakca, D. (eds.) New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories. Unlocking Press, pp. 197-220. ISBN 9780982963388

Reeder, E. (2013) Online learning and how it can help your work. In: Norris, S. (ed.) Studying Creative Writing. Series: Creative Writing Studies, I (4). The Professional and Higher Partnership Ltd: UK, pp. 71-86. ISBN 9781907076428

Reeder, E. (2012) On warming up, close reading and sentences. In: Walker, E. (ed.) Teaching Creative Writing. Series: Teaching creative writing: practical approaches (2). The Professional And Higher Partnership Ltd: Cambridgeshire, pp. 16-20. ISBN 9781907076121

Reeder, E. (2008) Passage migrant. In: Blackie, S. (ed.) Cleave: New Writing by Women in Scotland. Two Ravens. ISBN 9781906120283

Reeder, E. (2006) Gifted. In: Carter, M. (ed.) Word Jig: New Fiction from Scotland. Hanging Loose Press. ISBN 9781931236256

Reeder, E. (2006) One recruit short. In: McInerney, C. (ed.) Glasgow Kiss: A Collection of New Writing from Glasgow. 11/9: Glasgow. ISBN 9781903238332

Reeder, E. (2006) Skinny girls. In: Maguire, S. (ed.) Little Black Dress. Polygon. ISBN 9781904598602

Reeder, E. (1999) Common knowledge. In: Maguire, S. and Hargreaves, A. (eds.) Something Wicked: Scottish Crime Fiction. Polygon: Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748662531

Reeder, E. (1998) Crosswords. In: Jamieson, R.A. (ed.) Shorts: The Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Collection. Polygon: Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748662456

Edited Books

Reeder, E., Edbrook, L. and Bain, A. (Eds.) (2018) Do Not Make The. MAP Magazine and Essay Catalyst Conversations: Glasgow. ISBN 9780993142420

Performance

Reeder, E. and Lethem, J. (2014) Abridgement of Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem. [Performance]

Reeder, E. and Byrne, P. (2013) The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things. [Performance]

Reeder, E. and Thomson, A. (2011) I plant a lighthouse here. [Performance]

Reeder, E. (2011) Abridged version of Bird Cloud by Annie Proulx for Book of the Week. [Performance]

Reeder, E. (2009) Abridged version of Magnetic North by Sara Wheeler for Book of the Week. [Performance]

Reeder, E. (2009) Attendance. [Performance]

Reeder, E. (2006) Abridged version of Gilead by Marilynne Robinson’s for Book at Bedtime. [Performance]

Reeder, E. (2006) Baggage. [Performance]

Reeder, E. (2006) 'Standing still, running' a BBC Women's Hour serial. [Performance]

Reeder, E. (2005) What is chosen. [Performance]

Audio

Reeder, E. (2012) Everyday Wintergreen. [Audio]

Website

Reeder, E. (2017) For Now / Six Propositions. [Website]

Reeder, E. (2016) On Women and Essaying: To Be Genre-Bending is to be Dangerous. [Website]

This list was generated on Wed Sep 30 10:21:13 2020 BST.

Grants

2018-present – Reading and Writing Death and Dying, an Arts Lab Theme and now Lab.  Co-led with Dr Naomi Richards (End of Life Studies) and Amy Shea (Doctoral Student)

2017/18  Royal Society of Edinburgh Workshop Funding, ‘On Genre-Bending Essaying: Catalyst Conversations and Workshops on the Potential Impact of Experimental and Hybrid Writing in Scotland’, £9994.60

2016/17  Scottish Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) Performance and Writing –Organized with Carl Lavery, Theatre Studies, University of Glasgow, Maria Fusco, University of Edinburgh Edinburgh College of Art & Ross Birrell - GSA, £2500 (CI).

2016  SGSAH Art Writing – Four days of workshopping with colleagues from ECA (Neil Mullholland), GSA (Laura Edbrook) and Strathclyde (David Kinloch) -£2500 (CI).

2015-2017  Sited +.  Funded by Creative Scotland (£5,000), brought on as an independent adviser, because of her work with giving and receiving feedback and reputation for working across artforms effectively.  She wrote the Voices Study part of the Sited + report that was informed by a series of workshops held across Scotland makers of Sited Work and also a symposium.  The final report goes to Creative Scotland and other key bodies and will impact the policy and funding around Sited+ working in Scotland. 

2015   “All in A Fankle: A Workshopping of Exuberant Failure”, £1989 (PI), part of the Being Human Festival funding by AHRC and the British Council, November 2015 (workshops run with Rachel McCrum)

2014  Animating the Archive, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, July (supported by Ontario Arts Council (CAN$10,000 & Carnegie Trust £1998 + School £900), which led to robust collaborations, an exhibition and exhibition catalogue (2015), and kickstarted on ongoing interest in radical archiving. 

2013  Attentive Writers: Healthcare, Authorship and Authority, Wellcome Trust, £5000 (Co-Investigator), May-September 2013

2010  Creative Writing at University of Glasgow 15th Anniversary Celebrations, £5020 total:  Chancellor’s Award £3750. £1270 Marketing.

Supervision

Current Doctoral Students:

Amy Clarkson – SGSAH -

Gaar Moth Adams

Sledmere, Maria
Anthropocene Aesthetics: Tracing Deep-Time, Daily Life and Dark Ecology through Critical-Creative Practice

Kirsty Dunlop

Christina Neuwrith – SGSAH Women of Words with University of Stirling and Scottish Book Trust

Laura Edbrook – College of Arts Scholarship The Quick:Autotheory and Radical Intimacy in the Means and Production of Art and its Discourses

Luke Pell (2020 start)

Kat Patrick (2020 start)

Michael Deerwater (2020 start)

Please see the students' biographies for more information about their writing and research.

Submitting Summer/Autumn 2020:

Renelle, TawnyaExperiencing the Experiment of Creative Writing: A Hybrid Textbook

Naomi Pearce: SGSAH funded, with Edinburgh College of Art; Every Contact Leaves A Trace: A Forensic Feminist Investigation into Women Administrators, Gentrification and the Artist Studio

Spoto, Angela:  College of Arts Scholarship The Grief Nurse, a novel, and Asterisms, lyrical essays: Creative Questionings of Grief

Shirreffs, Gillian: An exploration of the relationship between object and illness by means of a novel, Brodie, and a collection of essays and images entitled, Subject-Verb-Object.

Amy Shea:  Not All Deaths Are Created Equal: Essays on the Intersection of Death, Homelessness, and Inequality

Sally Gales:  iNSiDE, a Novel; Dead Spaces: An Invitation to See the Forgotten, a Series of Essays

Laura Becherer – And I Have Touched the Sky and essays; also co-author of A Drink of One’s Own (Freight, 2017)

Completed Doctoral Students

Defne Cizakca

Carly Brown -  Monticello Fellowship (2016) 2013 Scottish National Poetry Slam winner.

Ioulia Kolovou – College of Arts Scholarship. Book: Anna Komnene and the Alexiad: The Byzantine Princess and the First Crusade  Twitter: @driouliakolovou

Laura Guthrie author of Anna (Cranachan Publishing, 2020)

Zoe Strachan

Sylvia Hehir – 2013 Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award; shortlisted for the Caledonian Novel Award. Published novels, Sea Change (Stone Cold Fox Press, 2019) and Deleted (Garmoran Publishing, 2020) twitter: @shehir853

Shere Garcia Rangel: Lecturer at Falmouth and host of the brilliant On the Hill podcast. Twitter: @Sherecita

Sheri Benning – The Season’s Vagrant (Carcanet); Thin Moon Psalm (Brick Books)

Caitlyn McHarge   (MFA)

Debbie Andrews – AHRC Scholar. Novel: Walking the Lights, Freight 2016, which was runner up for the Guardian Not the Booker Prize 2016

Em Strang  - Stone (Atlantic Press, 2016) & Bird-Woman (Shearsman, 2016). Horse-man (Shearsman, 2019) 2014 Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award; Winner of the Saltire Award for Poetry (2017)  UPDATE THIS

Izabela Ilowska

Graham Guest

Ailsa Crum

Anne Hamilton  Twitter:  @AnneHamilton7

Maria DiMario

Micaela Maftei – Books:  The Reach of A Root collaborative stories with Laura Tansley (Vagabond Voices, 2019); The Fiction of Autobiography: Reading and Writing Identity (Bloomsbury, 2013); co-editor Writing Creative Non-Fiction: Determinig Form (Glyphi, 2015)

Laura Tansley – Books:  The Reach of A Root collaborative stories with Micaela Maftei (Vagabond Voices, 2019);  co-editor Writing Creative Non-Fiction: Determinig Form (Glyphi, 2015)

 

  • Sledmere, Maria
    Anthropocene Aesthetics: Tracing Deep-Time, Daily Life and Dark Ecology through Critical-Creative Practice
  • Spoto, Angela
    Use of the Fantastic and the Impossible in Scottish Writing to Expose Realities of Domestic Abuse

Teaching

Dr Elizabeth Reeder has designed and implemented a number of creative writing courses for the Creative Writing MLitt, MFA and DFA programmes at University of Glasgow including:

• Craft and Experimentation
• Practical Pedagogy
• The original Creative Writing Practice as Research Course, which examines how thinkers who are primarily makers can approach processes of practice, research and excellence in the making of primary creative works and can hone their ability to create cultural and critical frames for their work and the work of others
• Cross-Discipline Fiction Workshop
• Hybrid Forms (with Colin Herd, Honours Course)
• The Art of Genre-Bending Essaying (an inter-institutional course, a core course for Glasgow School of Arts Art Writing MLitt, since 2018)
• Reading and Writing Death and Dying (designed with Amy Shea)

Reeder designed and taught on the inaugural Creative Writing MLitt by distance learning, which she convened for five years, 2008-2013, and for many years she designed the Creative Writing VLE courses to support campus-based students. She also teaches creative writing workshops at all levels. She has convened the CW MLitt, was CW PGR Convenor for six years, and is currently CW UG Convenor.

Additional information

Creative Awards / Writing Residences

2015      MacDowell Artists Colony Fellow, with a residency April / May 2015

2014      PAL Labs Residential Residency, Cove Park, September 2014

2014      Invited Artist, Animating the Archive, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, July (supported by Ontario Arts Council (CAN$10,000 & Carnegie Trust £1998 & University of Glasgow £800), which led to an exhibition and exhibition catalogue. 

2013      Residency at An Tobar Arts Centre, Mull, December linked to the production of a response to the Zembla exhibition, and including a public reading and talk on hybrid and experimental writing

2013      Robert Louis Stevenson Fellow, funded by Scottish Book Trust/ Creative Scotland, held in Hotel Chevillon, Grez Sur Loing, France (June/July)

2012      Ten day residency at Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist, to work in collaboration with the artist, Amanda Thomson

2012/13    Ramshackle, shortlisted for the 2012 Saltire First Book of the Year, the 2013 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Best First Book of the Year Award, Anobii book prize, and long-listed for the Authors’ Club Best First Book Award (2013)              

2006      Scottish Arts Council (SAC) Bursary, £9000

2005      SAC Professional Development Grant,  £1000

2005      Glasgow University Research Support Award, £500

2002      Scottish Arts Council Bursary to run in conjunction with the Scottish Arts Council / Glasgow City Council Writing Fellowship for the North East of Glasgow (March 2002-March 2004), £15,000 bursary over two years

2002      Awarded place on BBC Radio Writers’ Lab

2001      Scottish Arts Council Bursary, £3000

1998      ‘Crosswords’ shortlisted for The Macallan /Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition