David Herd works in the area of modern literature, with emphasis on poetry and its relation to questions in politics and philosophy. His books include All Just (Carcanet, 2012), Enthusiast! Essays on Modern American Literature, and John Ashbery and American Poetry. He is currently writing a book on modern poetry and the state of exception, editing a collection of essays on Charles Olson (Contemporary  Olson) and his chapbook, Outwith, will come out soon with Bookthug. His essays and reviews have been widely published in journals, magazines and newspapers. Recent writings on poetry and politics have appeared in PN Review, Parallax, and Almost Island. Alongside Simon Smith, he has collaborated with both Jack Hues and The-Quartet on the project “Rote-Through”, and with Sam Bailey, Evan Parker, and Matt Wright on the project ”Feedback”. He is a cofounder of the Sounds New Poetry festival, and currently directs the Centre for Modern Poetry in the School of English at the University of Kent.