Michael Heller, Jeff Hilson, Redell Olsen reading in London

FRIDAY, 10 March

Poetry Reading

Michael Heller, Jeff Hilson, Redell Olsen

Michael Heller has, for many decades, been an important American poet and critic. In 1985 he established himself as an expert on the Objectivist poets with his book, Convictions Net of Branches, and he has subsequently published separate works on George Oppen and Carl Rakosi. His critical work has also addressed contemporary avant-garde poetry, Jewish and post-Holocaust poetry and poetics. He published Uncertain Poetries (2005), a collection of essays on twentieth-century poetry. His own poetry has been widely published and collected in Exigent Futures: New and Selected Poems (Salt, 2003) and This Constellation is a Name: Collected Poems 1965-2010 (Nightboat Books, 2012).

Jeff Hilson has been a prominent figure in London poetry since the 1980s. His publications include stretchers (Reality Street, 2006), Bird Bird (Landfill, 2009) and In the Assarts (Veer, 2010). He edited The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (Reality Street, 2008) and runs the reading series Xing the Line. He teaches at the University of Roehampton.

Redell Olsen is a poet and visual artist whose work includes performance, writing and installed texts. Her recent publications include Secure Portable Space (Reality Street, 2004), Punk Faun (Subpress Books, 2012) and Film Poems (Les Figues, 2014). She was, for many years, the editor of the influential online journal HOW2 (How2journal.com), which promotes modernist and contemporary innovative poetry by women. She was Judith E. Wilson Fellow at Cambridge for 2013-14, and she is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at Royal Holloway.

7.00-8.45     11 Bedford Square, London WC1          


Sophie Mayer and Jeff Hilson at Storm and Golden Sky

Storm and Golden Sky at the Caledonia FRIDAY 27th May 2016

Up the stairs (at the back of the barroom, above the pub name, above) at the Caledonia pub, Catharine Street, in the Georgian Quarter, Liverpool, £5, 7.30 pm spot-on start!

Sophie Mayer and Jeff Hilson

Sophie Mayer is a writer, editor and educator. Her poetry has been translated into Russian, Greek, Dutch, and Japanese, and has appeared on poster hoardings in Dublin and as part of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown 2013. With Mark Burnhope and Sarah Crewe, she developed the recent wave of UK poetry activism, including the Sabotage Award-winning Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot, Binders Full of Women, and Morning Star award-winning Fit to Work: Poets against Atos. She works with English PEN, and was the Archive of the Now’s first Poet in Residence. Previous collections include Her Various Scalpels (Shearsman, 2009), The Private Parts of Girls (Salt, 2011), Kiss Off (Oystercatcher, 2011) and signs of the sistership(with Sarah Crewe, KFS, 2013). (0) is published by Arc.

Jeff Hilson has written stretchers (Reality Street 2006), Bird bird (Landfill 2009) and In The Assarts (Veer 2010). He also edited The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (Reality Street 2008). He is currently working on a sequence called “Organ Music” parts of which will appear in a comprehensive selection of his poems to be published by Egg Box in 2016. He runs the reading series Xing the Line and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton, London.

from Organ Music

More here: http://www.modernpoetry.org.uk/introjh.html

Vlak and Richard Makin launches

DATE: Sunday, 24 May
TIME: 19:00–22:00
VENUE: Power Lunches
ADDRESS: 446 Kingsland Road, Hackney, London, E8 4AE

An evening of readings/performances hosted by VLAK magazine to mark the launch of VLAK 5, featuring Lou Rowan, Stewart Home, Jim Ruland, Ulli Freer, Becky Cremin, Sean Bonney, Will Rowe, Louis Armand, David Vichnar, Nat Raha, Tim Atkins, Jeff Hilson and more.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Launch of Richard Makin’s new novel, MOURNING (published by Equus Press, 2015).

Hix Eros 3

Hix Eros Poetry Review’s third issue is live, here:


Featuring reviews of Andrea Brady, Stephen Emmerson & Chris Stephenson, Jeff  Hilson, Coleen Hind & Pocahontas Mildew, Frances Kruk, MacGillivray,  Reitha Pattison, Sous les Pavés #3, Steve Roggenbuck and Samantha Walton.  Eds. Lindsay/Luna. Designed, typset and produced by Robbie Dawson. January 2014.

Xing the Zone

Launch of issue one of ZONE. Readings by contributors Tim Atkins, Natalie Bradbeer, Amy Evans, Ollie Evans, Nancy Gaffield, Ben Hickman, Jeff Hilson, Doug Jones, Dorothy Lehane, Richard Parker, Will Rowe, Juha Virtanen, Steve Willey.


footsy index

A night of poetry taking place at Inland Studios, 1st floor (above The Stormbird Pub), 25a Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell, SE5 8TR. 7.30pm Tuesday 4th June, with readings by David Berridge, Jeff Hilson and Richard Makin.


Thursday, December 20, 2012, 8:00pm. Vogue Fabrics, 66 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XB.

An evening of film, poetry and sad disco.

Amy De’Ath
Marianne Morris
Sophie Mayer
Jeff Hilson
Samantha Walton
!more tbc!

Liz Rosenfeld

Sad Disco:
DJ Dr Kemp

Robert Hampson, Jeff Hilson and Richard Parker Crater/Veer book launches

Crater Press/Veer Books launch (Tuesay, 04 September 2012)

Tuesday 04 September 2012Birkbeck College, room B02, Malet Street building, from 7.30-9pm.
Map available herefree entry, all welcome

featuring the launch of new publications and readings from Robert Hampson, Jeff Hilson, and Richard Parker

Crater 21: August 2012. Robert Hampson, out of sight.

Robert Hampson is Professor of Modern Literature at RHUL, where he teaches on the MA in Poetic Practice. His ‘Assembled Fugitives: Selected Poems 1973-98’ appeared from Stride in 2000. His most recent publication was ‘an explanation of colours’ (Veer, 2011).

‘out of sight’, like the poster-poem ‘map-loading: 51:31N 00:05W’ (2008), is an exercise in procedural writing and recriture.The single sentence, with its shifting phrasal linkages, responds to recent work by Vanessa Place. It’s also the record of a mis-spent decade
.£3 + p&p.

Crater 20: July 2012. Jeff Hilson, From ORGAN MUSIC: AN ANTI-MASQUE NOT FOR DANCING

Jeff Hilson is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton. His works include Stretchers (Reality Street, 2006), Bird Bird (Landfill, 2009), andIn the Assarts (Veer Books, 2010). He edited The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (Reality Street, 2008). With Sean Bonney he co-runs the Crossing the Line reading series.

‘From ORGAN MUSIC: AN ANTI-MASQUE NOT FOR DANCING’ is a new and ongoing narrative and non-narrative sequence (not) about the English organ adding obfuscation to an already obfusced instrument. Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) was apparently Glenn Gould’s (1932-1982) favourite composer. Decide for yourselves!Other sections of ORGAN MUSIC have appeared recently in VLAK 3, Open Letter and Writers Forearm.£3 + p&p.

Veer 048  R.T.A. Parker – ‘The Traveller & The Defence of Heaven’

Richard Parker works in Turkey, but comes from London.  He’s had two books published; from The Mountain of California… and China, and now this from Veer.

Veer Publication 048 [ISBN: 978-1-907088-45-2]
Projective epic?  End-of-the-world Sci Fi Saga? Sophisticated shaggy dog story? This poem’s mix of allegory, the mock heroic, graphic imaginings, narrative invention and parodic brilliance enriches the account of a city-size spaceship escaping the demise of our solar system. At the outset the ship’s pilot admits, “I dread | the dé | noument / Of this | myster | ious / Story | between | the stars ”, and with good reason. Midway through the poem, come to the end of stellar space, all aboard retire to pods for “many | million / Years of  | forcèd | slumber”. Readers need fear no such fate.(Adrian Clarke)
5×8” size. 108 pages. May 2012. £7.00