Michael Hrebeniak is Fellow, Tutor and Director of Studies in English at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and Lecturer in English at Magdalene College, Cambridge. His first book, Action Writing: Jack Kerouac’s Wild Form, was published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2006 and nominated for an MLA prize, and it has just been revised and republished as a softback. He is currently working on two new books: a study of ecological currents in postwar American poetry, and a psychogeographical account of the medieval Stourbridge Fair.
His academic career has co-existed alongside subterranean activities as a saxophonist, jazz journalist, an obituary writer for the Guardian, researcher for the Arts Council, editor and publisher of Radical Poetics, and producer of poetry CDs and arts documentaries for Channel 4 TV on behalf of Optic Nerve. From 2002 to 2007 he was Visiting Fellow at the Praxis Centre at Cranfield University School of Management, where he researched the yoking of the arts to the fostering of creativity and sustainability across organisations, including central government.