Christos Kalli, Clare Hall

Degree: MPHIL
Course: AmLit
Supervisor: Dr Trudi Tate
Dissertation Title: Anything Between History and Myth: An Examination of Intergenerational Trauma in Contemporary Vietnamese-American Poetry

Biographical Information

I undertook my undergraduate studies in English at the University of Glasgow, where I graduated with First Class Honours. My dissertation, titled 'Carrying History Through Trauma: An Introduction to Ocean Vuong's Night Sky with Exit Wounds', examined, among other things, the possibilities of poetic representation of trauma. 

I am currently an MPhil candidate in American Literature at Clare Hall, Cambridge, where I will be focusing on how other Vietnamese-American poets confront, and have been confronted by, the trauma of the Vietnam War. 

I am also a practising poet. I have published poems in the United States, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, India, and France. My poetry has been translated into French, shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize (2017), named a finalist for The Ellis Award (2018), and nominated for Best New Poets (2018) and plain china: Best Undergraduate Writing (2018). My chapbook, INT. NIGHT, was a finalist for the Sutra Press Chapbook Contest (2017). 

Research Interests

  • Contemporary poetry and poetics
  • Trauma theory
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Historical development of the simile

Selected Publications

My poetry has been published in The American Journal of Poetry, The Minnesota Review, The Adroit Journal, The Emerson Review, Dunes Review, The Hollins Critic, Harpur Palate, The Maine Review, The Penn Review, and Oxford Magazine, among others.

A review of Peter LaBerge's Makeshift Cathedral (YesYes Books, 2017) has appeared in The Los Angeles Review.