Peter Barlow’s Cigarette – Calton, Maurer-Alvarez, Horrex, McDonnell

Peter Barlow’s Cigarette #20 – ft. Stuart Calton, Pansy Maurer-Alvarez, Katherine Horrex, Fokkina McDonnell


An afternoon of alternative poetries
12th November
4.30 – 6.30 Waterstones Deansgate
Free entry
Refreshments provided


Having undergone a difficult breast-feeding experience as an infant, Stuart Calton grew up to write poetry with an obsessively devouring oral character. He’s written a load of it, most recently “Blepharospasms” (Drentpaper, Manchester, 2016) and “Live At Late Dilated Ileum” (Drentpaper, Manchester, 2015). His new one “Wimpy & Andre” is forthcoming later this year. He is also the musician THF Drenching. “A totally unacceptable gridlock of teeth and intestines.. A monstrous warp.. A singular examination of dream and its bedrock of extra-terrestrial punctuation.. wildly improvisatory and fantastic” (Keston Sutherland)

was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and emigrated to Switzerland in 1973. She began writing poetry as a teenager and completed 11 years of literary studies at universities in the US, Spain and Switzerland, where she worked for a short time as a teacher and translator. Upon moving to Paris in 1991, she abandoned plans for furthering her academic career in order to devote herself to poetry full time. Her poems appear regularly in publications throughout Europe and the US, and she has work in anthologies including: Ladies, Start Your Engines; Final de Entrega; and Visiting Dr. Williams. Her poems have been translated into French, German and Spanish. She is a contributing editor for Tears in the Fence, and curates the Poets Live reading series in Paris.

has recently completed her MA at the Centre for New Writing in Manchester. Her poems have been published in the Times Literary Supplement, Poetry London, Morning Star, Poetry Salzburg Review and are due in PN Review. She has worked as a warehouse assistant, a data processor and proof reader but currently works as a potter. Her songs have been played on 6music and XFM and the album she wrote and recorded is available at

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