Edited Volumes

Ed. with Keston Sutherland, Prose by J.H. Prynne. Under contract negotiations.

Ed. The Collected Letters of Charles Olson and J.H. Prynne. University of New Mexico Press, 2017. Print.

Edited by poet and scholar Ryan Dobran, this volume of correspondence between the American poet Charles Olson (1910–1970) and the English poet J. H. Prynne (b. 1936) sheds light on a little-known but incredibly influential aspect of twentieth-century transatlantic literary culture. Never before published, the letters capture their shared passion for knowledge as well as their distinct writing styles. Written between 1961 and Olson’s death in 1970, the letters display the mutual admiration and intimacy that developed between the two poets after Prynne initiated their exchange when pursuing work for the literary magazine Prospect. This work illustrates how Olson and Prynne influenced each other, and it represents an important step toward understanding their contributions to poetics on both sides of the Atlantic.

Ed. with Jonathan Culler. Essays on Lyric Address. Special issue of Thinking Verse 4.1 (2014). Online.

Ed., Glossator 2: on the poems of J.H. Prynne. Special issue of Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary 2 (2010).

Journal Articles

““The Review of Struggle to Fix the Sense”: Speculations on Commentary and J. H. Prynne.” Philological Quarterly. 98.4 (2019). Print.

“‘Blow your gnosis’: Imperatives in Contemporary Lyric.” Essays on Lyric Address. Eds. Ryan Dobran and Jonathan Culler. Special issue of Thinking Verse 4 (2014). Online.

“Myth, Culture and Text: Ezra Pound’s Homer and J.H. Prynne’s Aristeas.” News from Afar: Ezra Pound and Some Contemporary British Poetries. Ed. Richard Parker. Bristol: Shearsman, 2014. Print.

“‘The natural extension is movement’: J.H. Prynne’s ‘Aristeas, In Seven Years’ and The English Intelligencer.” The Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry 5:2 (2013), 20-42. Print.

“Introduction.” Glossator 2: On the poems of J.H. Prynne. Spec. issue of Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary 2 (2010): 1-10. Online:


Review of J.H. Prynne, The White Stones, introd. by Peter Gizzi (New York: NYRB, 2016) in Chicago Review 60:2 (2016), 169-173.