I’m Jason Allen-Paisant, a scholar, award-winning poet, and writer. I explore the ways in which Afro-diasporic artists and communities shape their futures through embodied, living philosophies. My work is deeply concerned with poetry; its embodied, spatialized, sensed ontologies; and the overlaps between poetry and philosophy.
I am also a poet and writer. My poetry and essays have been published or anthologised in publications such as Granta, The Poetry Review, PN Review, More Fiya: A New Collection of Black British Poetry, and New Poetries VIII (Carcanet). My book Thinking with Trees was published by Carcanet Press in June 2021 and won the poetry category of the 20222 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.
I'm Associate Professor of Aesthetic Theory and Decolonial Thought at the University of Leeds (School of English & School of Languages, Cultures & Socities).
My scholarly work has also been published, or is forthcoming, in Cultural Critique, French Studies, New Formations, and New Theatre Quarterly, among other venues, and my book Engagements with Aimé Césaire: Thinking with Spirits is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. You can read more about my work as a scholar here.