Professor Matthew Jarvis is a writer, critic and poet. His scholarship focuses mainly on English-language poetry in Wales since the 1960s and he has supplementary interests in British avant-garde poetry of the same period.
He is particularly interested in environmental approaches to literature and in ideas about the literary construction of Welsh space and place. His work has been described as 'pioneering criticism' by Professor Jeremy Hooker.
Matthew is co-Chair of the Association for Welsh Writing in English and leads the editorial team of the International Journal of Welsh Writing in English. He is Chair of the Poetry Wales Committee. He serves on the Committee of the Welsh Academy, on the Advisory Body of the National Library of Wales, and on the Advisory Board of Modernist Network Cymru. He is a Research Associate of Swansea University's Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales (CREW) and an Associate Member of Aberystwyth University’s David Jones Centre. For the Learned Society of Wales, he has produced reports on the sector-wide health of Wales Studies and on the implementation of the 'Welsh perspective and international perspective' within the new Welsh curriculum .