Cardiff Poetry Experiment: Lisa Samuels, John Hall, Flo Fflach

28th November at 7pm. Waterloo Tea (21-25 Wyndham Arcade Cardiff, Cardiff)
21-25 Wyndham Arcade Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 1FH.

Lisa Samuels is the author of fifteen books of poetry, memoir, and prose—mostly poetry—including Wild Dialectics (Shearsman 2012), Anti M (Chax 2013), Tender Girl (Dusie 2015), and Symphony for Human Transport (Shearsman 2017). She also publishes essays and soundworks as well as editing books, collaborating with composers, and working with film. Living in Aotearoa/New Zealand since 2006 and having also lived in the Middle East, Europe, Malaysia, and the US, where she was born, has made transnationalism fundamental in her ethics and imagination. Lisa has a University of Virginia PhD and earns her living as an academic while also raising her son.

John Hall is a poet, retired teacher, essayist. He is author of several collections of poetry and of two volumes of essays. He also makes visual texts, mostly for domestic frames, and has been active in collaborations. He was closely involved in the formation of Performance Writing at Dartington College of Arts. As a Said Place is his most recent collection of

Flo Fflach AKA Maura Hazelden is a visual artist who has shifted to words/language, on the page & out of the mouth: poetic, abstract, lists. She studied dance, and later 2d design, and then fine art: timebased & photovisual [Caerdydd]. In 2009, she was accepted onto Dartington’s MA Performance Writing but had to defer, but took up a place at Falmouth. Works: PW12, Arnolfini; Noises of Art, Aberystwyth; Text Festival, Bury. Currently: Nid/Not Writer in Residence ArcadeCardiff. Making work that sometimes might fragmented have lost its original meaning; and

Cardiff Poetry Experiment

The Cardiff Poetry Experiment is poetry reading series whose aim is to curate a space to discuss and listen to contemporary poetry that is suggestive of the experimental.

Holly Pester, John Wilkinson, Rowan Evans.
Tuesday, July 4 at 7 PM. Jacobs Market, West Canal Wharf,  Cardiff, CF10 5DB.

A Future / No Future Poetry Experiment with Poetry Wales

7 April at 7 PM. Jacobs Market, West Canal Wharf, Cardiff, CF10 5DB.

Cardiff Poetry Experiment will launch Poetry Wales’s new Future/No Future issue with an evening of live poetry at Jacob’s Antiques in Cardiff.

What happens to language when the future keeps getting cancelled?

Nathan Jones, Peter Finch, Ailbhe Darcy and Julia Rose Lewis will read and perform from the new issue which explores futurism, utopia, dystopia and the ‘lossy present’.

Organised by Poetry Wales and the Cardiff Poetry Experiment, supported by the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University.

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Holly Corfield Carr is a poet based in Bristol and Cambridge where she is completing a PhD in site-specific writing practices in contemporary poetry and sculpture. She is currently a 2016/17 Visiting Research Fellow at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds and previous residencies include the Curfew Tower, Spike Island, the British Ceramics Biennial, the Wordsworth Trust and the Bristol Poetry Institute. Her poems have been commissioned for passenger ferries, orchards and car parks and broadcast on BBC Radios 3 and 4. She received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2012 and the Frieze Writer’s Prize in 2015.

Childe Roland is a fictional character with some basis in historical fact. His quest for the dark tower across a wasteland mirrors his attempts at spanning the frigid landscape of the blank page with a line of over-extended alliteration and faulty reasoning and disruptive grammar. Published works include Six of Clubs, Stars, Trees, and the play Ham and Jam from Hafan Press.

James Wilkes writes poetry and makes installation and performance work. Recent performances/installations have taken place at The Other Room, Manchester; Godsbanen, Aarhus; Wellcome Collection, London; Battersea Arts Centre, London. His poetry and prose has been published in Datableed, The Wire, Gorse, The White Review, Torque #2, Litmus and Poetry Wales. Until recently he was Associate Director of Hubbub, a collective of researchers and artists exploring rest and its opposites – including noise, work and mindwandering – as the first recipients of The Hub Award at Wellcome Collection.

Cardiff Poetry Experiment

Amy De’Ath, Graham Hartill, Allen Fisher

Amy De’Ath’s poetry chapbooks include ON MY LOVE FOR gender abolition (Capricious 2016), Lower Parallel (Barque 2014), Caribou (Bad Press 2011), and Erec & Enide (Salt 2010). With Fred Wah, she is the editor of a poetics anthology, Toward. Some. Air. (Banff Centre Press 2015). Her criticism has appeared in Women: A Cultural Review, Anguish Language (Archive Books 2015), and Cambridge Literary Review, and is forthcoming in After Objectvism: Reconfiguring 21st-Century Poetry and Poetics (U of Iowa P 2017). She is a PhD Candidate at Simon Fraser University and lives in Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish Territories.

Cardiff Poetry Experiment

Thursday, February 25th, 7 PM. Waterloo Tea at the Wyndham Arcade, 21-25 Wyndham Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1FH.

LYNDON DAVIES: author of A Colomber in the House of Poesy and editor of Aquifer Books

AMY McCAULEY: poetry editor at New Welsh Review

RHYS TRIMBLE: author of Swansea Automatic, Rejectamenta, and Hexerisk

About the Poets:

Lyndon Davies has published three collections of poetry, Hyphasis (Parthian Press 2006), Shield (Parthian Press 2010) and A Colomber in the House of Poesy (Aquifer 2014). He runs the Glasfryn Seminars, a series of discussion groups on aspects of literature and art, and recently set up Aquifer Books, which publishes mainly poetry-centred writing with an experimental bias. He also edits an online magazine of art and literature called Junction Box.

Amy McCauley’s poetry, essays and reviews have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies including: The Poetry of Sex (Viking), Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe), Best British Poetry 2015 (Salt), Poetry Wales, Magma and The Rialto. Current projects include a collection of poems (Auto-Oedipa), which re-imagines the Oedipus myth, and a verse novel (CaNToS of JoaN).

Rhys Trimble is a Welsh poet, performer, avant garde chef and honey badger enthusiast, studying for a PhD, author of 10 or more chapbooks, recents include: SWANSEA AUTOMATIC (experimental novel) (Aquifer), REJECTAMENTA (contraband) and HEXERISK (knives forks and spoons).

Cardiff Poetry Experiment

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Cardiff Poetry Experiment

Doors open at 7pm, readings promptly at 7:30pm
Free admission, followed by drinks and discussion

Butetown History and Arts Centre
4 Dock Chambers, Stryd Bute, Cardiff Bay

Cris Paul
Zoë Skoulding

SMSteele is a PhD researcher at Exeter, an installation artist and a widely published Canadian poet. She accompanied the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry as an official Canadian war artist – her country’s first poet to do so – from 2008-2010 on their road to war to Afghanistan. Suzanne is a founding member of eXegesis poetry collective, and librettist of the 270-person symphonic work, Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation (2012). Her work has been broadcast internationally.

Cris Paul is a writer and artist from Wales, based in Caerphilly. His work could be described as ‘late modernist’, and through Bob Cobbing’s Writers Forum workshop, his time living in South America, his outlook was shaped enormously. His poetry, journalism, and criticism have been published widely in the Guardian as well as vital small press publications (Skald, Openned, Bad Press, Greatworks, Onedit). He has contributed to Wales Arts Review and Poetry Wales. His first book, Mantras for the City from the City, was published by Writers Forum and his second, Stenia Cultas Handbook, by Veer Books.

Zoë Skoulding is a poet, translator, editor and critic. She has published four collections of poetry, most recently The Museum of Disappearing Sounds (Seren, 2013), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, and Remains of a Future City (Seren, 2008). She has performed her work at many international festivals, often incorporating electronic sound in her readings as well as collaborating with musicians. Her monograph Contemporary Women’s Poetry and Urban Space: Experimental Cities was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013, and she was editor of Poetry Wales from 2008-2014. She is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English at Bangor University.