Staff Profiles


Dr Mary Jean Chan

BA (Swarthmore), MA (RHUL), MPhil (Oxford), PhD (RHUL)

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry)

School of English and Modern Languages

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Phone number: +44(0)1865483982

Email: mchan@brookes.ac.uk

Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block, T.416

I was born and raised in Hong Kong, then received a BA in Political Science and English Literature from Swarthmore College in the US before obtaining an MPhil in International Development at the University of Oxford. I subsequently completed an MA and a PhD in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. 

At Oxford Brookes, I am currently Module Leader for two BA courses in Creative Writing, and am Module Leader for the MA Poetry elective. I am also a PhD supervisor in Creative Writing, with a focus on poetry projects. As an editor, I was co-editor of Oxford Poetry (2017-2019) and was guest co-editor of The Poetry Review for Spring 2020. I am a Ledbury Poetry Critic (2018-present), having reviewed for the Guardian Review, The Poetry Review, Poetry London, PN Review, The Stinging Fly and The Hong Kong Review of Books