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About Orlando Reade

Dr Reade is Assistant Professor (Teaching and Scholarship) in English (Writing & Literature) at Northeastern University London. His teaching specialisms include sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature, modern English and American poetry, and creative and academic writing. He studied English Literature at St. John’s College, Cambridge, studied for a master’s in Renaissance Studies at the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, University of London, and received his PhD in English from Princeton.



PhD English Literature (Princeton University)

MA Renaissance Studies (University of London)

BA English Literature (University of Cambridge)

Orlando Reade's Research

Dr Reade’s research focuses on English literature and its relation to political conflict, sexual expression, and intellectual inquiry. His PhD dissertation examined the work of four poets living during the English Civil War (1642-1649) and its aftermath (1650-1670): Katherine Philips, Henry Vaughan, John Milton, and Thomas Traherne. It argued that experiences of political disaffection led these poets to express a love of the world, importantly anticipating the later English Romantic poets. He has written articles on poetry in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and is currently writing a book on the afterlives of Paradise Lost.

He also writes creative non-fiction, and has written essays, reviews, and interviews for publications including The Guardian, The White Review, Tank, and Frieze. In 2020, Earthbound Press published his essay Municipal Dusk as a pamphlet. He has served as a contributing editor to The White Review and is a founding editor of Effects, a journal of contemporary art and aesthetics.


Academic Publications

‘A Mystery of Poetic Influence: Wordsworth’s Lost Copy of Henry Vaughan and the Sources of the Immortality Ode’ (under review)

‘On Poetic Radiance: The Correspondence of Katherine Philips and Henry Vaughan’, in Marcher Metaphysicals, edited by Joseph Sterrett and Helen Wilcox (University of Wales Press, under review).

‘‘Fortune is a Mistresse’: Figures of Fortune in English Renaissance Poetry’, in Fate and Fortune in European Thought, edited by Ovanes Akoyapan (Brill, 2021).


Selected Non-Academic Publications

‘Ode to Olaudah Equiano’, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff (2022).

‘Vampire Minimalism: An Aesthetic of Gentrification’, Effects online (2022)

Municipal Dusk (Earthbound Press, 2020).

‘The Art of the Migration Crisis’, Effects, no. 1 (2018).

Interview: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, The White Review, no. 13 (2015).

‘Books: #Accelerate’, Frieze, no. 168 (2014).

‘City Psychosis: Teju Cole’s city novels’, Tank, vol. 8 (2014).

‘On Queensway Computer Market’, The White Review, no. 8 (2013)

‘Moroccan Rock Stars’, The Guardian (25 October, 2012).

Orlando Reade's Teaching

At Northeastern London, Dr Reade teaches the First Year Writing Studio and Cultures of London courses. He has also taught classes in literature, philosophy, political theory, and creative and academic writing at Princeton, the NJ-STEP prison education program, and the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.