Darren Richard Carlaw is a British writer, editor and researcher. He studied and taught at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, where he completed a Ph.D. thesis examining the New York literary flâneur. His thesis examined Beat Generation urban wanderers Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Herbert Huncke, as twentieth century New World reincarnations of the nineteenth century Parisian stroller. His study of ludic peregrination led him to found StepAway Magazine, an online quarterly literary journal that urges contemporary writers to take to the streets and record their observations.
His work on the forgotten New York novelist, H.L. Humes has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement. He has delivered conference papers examining Beat Generation walking narratives at Kerouac’s On the Road: The Beats and the Post-Beats Conference at the University of Birmingham and the BAAS Annual Conference. He is an active reviewer for The New York Journal of Books.