Stephen Nelson is a Scottish poet who works in a variety of forms, from free verse to Vispo. Previous titles include Lunar Poems for New Religions (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press), Flylyght (KFS Press), Eye Jar (Red Ceilings Press), YesYesY (Little Red Leaves Textile Series), and two chapbooks of visual poetry. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and been exhibited globally, and recently featured in The Sunday Times Poet’s Corner. He was also a contributor to The Last Vispo Anthology (Fantagraphics Books). Born in 1970, he lives in the sky near Glasgow.
Out now on Erbacce.
“Happy poets who write found poetry go pawing through popular culture like sculptors on trash heaps. They hold and wave aloft usable artifacts and fragments: jingles and ad copy, menus and broadcasts — all objet trouvés, the literary equivalents of Warhol’s Campbell’s soup cans and Duchamp’s bicycle. By entering a found text as a poem, the poet doubles its context. The original meaning remains intact, but now it swings between two poles. The poet adds, or at any rate increases, the element of delight. This is an urban, youthful, ironic, cruising kind of poetry. It serves up whole texts, or interrupted fragments of texts.” — Annie Dillard
The Found Poetry Review is now open for submissions until June 30th.
FRIDAY 25th April, Zoe Skoulding and Keston Sutherland
Up the stairs (at the back of the barroom) at the Caledonia pub, Catharine Street, in the Georgian Quarter, Liverpool, £4, 7 pm spot-on start!
Keston Sutherland is the author of The Odes to TL61P, Stupefaction, Stress Position, Hot White Andy and other books, and lots of essays, many of them about Marx and poetry. He lives in Brighton, where he runs the Sussex Poetry Festival, and where he founded Brighton Left Unity. He co-edits Barque press.
Zoë Skoulding is primarily a poet, though her work encompasses sound-based vocal performance, collaboration, translation, literary criticism, editing, and teaching creative writing. She lectures in the School of English at Bangor University, and has been Editor of the international quarterly Poetry Wales since 2008. Her recent collections of poems are The Museum of Disappearing Sounds (Seren, 2013), Remains of a Future City (Seren, 2008), long-listed for Wales Book of the Year 2009. You Will Live in Your Own Cathedral is a multimedia soundscape, video and poetry performance with Alan Holmes that has been presented across Europe in several languages.
Born of a Liverpool taste for variety and drama, ‘Storm and Golden Sky’ offers literary high style from across the poetic landscape. Programmed by a collective of Liverpool-based poets, Michael Egan, Nathan Jones, Robert Sheppard and Eleanor Rees.
The Northern Charter presents the first ever RIVET. Wednesday, April 30th - from 7pm. The Northern Charter, Floor 5, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QE.
With Rebecca Wilcox & Sarah Rose, Frances Kruk and Ed Luker.
POETRY // TEXT // PERFORMANCE
24 Aprilm 19:30. Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA.
Join English PEN for a night of poetry, music and discussion on how literature and activism can come together. Featuring poets James Byrne, Sophie Mayer, Laila Sumpton, Aoife Mannix and Sonority Turner. Hosted by Shane Solanki.
The evening will also highlight PEN’s campaign for the release of imprisoned Camerooian poet Enoh Meyomese and celebrate the publication ‘Jail Verse’ a collection of his poems translated into English.
7.30pm Open-mic performances from Student PEN
8.00pm Panel discussion on How to be a literary activist with Sophie Mayer, Laila Sumpton and James Byrne.
9.00pm Performances from Sonority Turner and Aoife Mannix