Howard is Course Director for BA Hons Product Design.
He lectures across history and theory modules in Product Design, Foundation Year Zero and Textiles. His first poetry collection, ‘King of Country’, was published by Blackstaff Press in 2010 and was shortlisted for the New London Fringe Poetry Prize; it was followed by a pamphlet, ‘Blue Murder’ from Templar Press (Derby), in 2011.
He has won The Frogmore Poetry Prize twice, and in 2012 won the Bedford Open Poetry Competition. In 2011 and 2012, he was also longlisted in the National Poetry Competition. He was highly commended in the McLellan Award in 2018. He has participated in public readings – the Crescent Arts Centre, John Hewitt Summer School, No Alibis, OMAC, Foyle’s in London, and at various festival events throughout Ireland and Britain. Journals and magazines where his work has appeared include The Fiddlehead, Vallum and The Antigonish Review (all Canada), Five Dials, The Atlantic Review, Harper’s (all USA); Abridged, Blackbox Manifold (University of Sheffield), HU Mag, Poetry Ireland Review and Poetry Wales, Arete (New College, Oxford), Poetry London, Poetry Review, Scintilla (The Vaughan Society, Wales), Stand (University of Leeds) and Times Literary Supplement.
Howard also writes essays and short stories. Text and image are of particular interest, the role of the audience, and also the rise of digital media and performance in poetry; politics and painting in N. Irish poetry; how form of text (text AS image) can best challenge meaning and engender action as in the work of the Imagists, Futurists and Dadaists.