Matthew James Holman is an essayist, critic, and poet. His work engages in many areas: the history of political aesthetics, lyric poetry, cultures of the Cold War, and curatorial practice, among others. His first book, Frank O’Hara: Curator of Modern Life, is forthcoming in 2024 with Bloomsbury. Matthew is currently working on two book projects: a critical biography of the poet Louise Glück, and working-class identity in contemporary figurative painting. 

Matthew is the recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Studentship on Cold War visual culture at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies in Berlin, the Terra Foundation for American Art Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Courtauld Institute of Art, and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Postdoctoral Fellowship for a project on community arts activism in Tower Hamlets. He has held visiting research fellowships at Yale and The Smithsonian.

Raised in Sheffield, Matthew completed his PhD at University College London, where he taught for four years, and lives in London. He is Lecturer in Literature and Fine Arts at the University of Hertfordshire.

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