Denise Newfield is associate research professor and teacher educator in English and Education at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She has implemented multimodal approaches to curriculum, pedagogy and research since 1995, collaborating with likeminded teachers, scholars and researchers from South Africa and other parts of the world. She teaches literature, literature education, multiliteracies and multimodality, and develops and researches literacy, language and literature in deprived and under-resourced educational contexts from the perspective of multimodality. She established the Honours and Masters in English Education programme at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her PhD study at the University of London was called ‘Transmodal semiosis in classrooms: case studies from South Africa’. She co-edited with Arlene Archer Multimodal Approaches to Research and Pedagogy: Recognition, resources and access (Routledge 2014). She is currently South African Director of ZAPP, a collaborative project between the Universities of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and Cambridge, UK, which investigates and implements poetry and poetry education from a multimodal perspective. A recent publication in that area is ‘Poetry as a multimodal genre’ (with R. D’abdon, TESOL Quarterly).