We are excited to announce these recent additions to the Archive.
Added 3 May 2018
Azad Ashim Sharma is a poet living in South London. He is affiliated with the Brighton underground poetry scene (especially Horseplay and Hi Zero poetry/performance series). In London, he has performed his work at Rivet and What You Saying? poetry/performance series and also at events organised by the Decolonising Our Minds Society (affiliated with SOAS). Furthermore, during his time as a student at Sussex, Azad co-founded the Sussex Guild of Poetry (now disbanded) which organised student poetry events and circulated a number of free poetry pamphlets on both Sussex and Brighton university campuses.
In 2017, Azad's first collection of poetry, entitled Against the Frame, was published by Barque Press. This collection engages with the concept of trauma as a result of and through the experiences of on-going conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Additionally, Against the Frame explores the vulnerability of Azad's own complex Islamic-Hindu hybrid identity as well as experiences of xenophobia in a political landscape punctuated by Donald Trump, Brexit, and the rise of new fascisms. In February 2018, Azad took part in a discussion and presentation of young poets as part of the Words in the Garden literature festival in New Delhi.
Added 27 April 2018
Jack Underwood is a poet, who also writes short fiction and non-fiction. A recipient of the Eric Gregory Award in 2007, he published his debut pamphlet in 2009 as part of the Faber New Poets series. His first collection Happiness was published by Faber in 2015 and was winner of the 2016 Somerset Maugham prize. He is a lecturer in creative writing at Goldsmiths College and is currently writing a non-fiction book about poetry and uncertainty. Two pamphlets, Solo for Mascha Voice and Tenuous Rooms will be published by Test Centre in 2018.
Added 27 April 2018
Sarah Crewe is from the Port of Liverpool. Her work is primarily concerned with feminism, women's history and working class psychogeography. Her chapbooks include flick invicta from Oystercatcher and Signs Of The Sistership with Sophie Mayer from KFS. She is one third of Stinky Bear Press and her work has been featured in The Wolf, Shearsman, Tears In The Fence and Litter magazines. She also co-edited Catechism: Poems For Pussy Riot and Binders Full of Women.
Added 25 September 2013
Tom Jenks has published three collections with if p then q: A Priori (2008), * (2010) and Items (2013), a 1000 fragment verbivocovisual sequence. Streak artefacts, a 100 poem sequence with accompanying visuals, was published by Dept. Press in 2013. He has produced and performed a number of collaborations with Chris McCabe for SJ Fowler’s Camarade project, including I Boris, a re-write of Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi. Other publications include a p.o.w. broadside slugs/snails and An Anatomy of Melancholy, a conceptual Twitter re-construction of Robert Burton's 1621 text The Anatomy of Melancholy. He co-organises The Other Room reading series and website, administers the avant objects imprint zimZalla, and is a PhD student at Edge Hill University, where he is researching digital technology and innovative poetry.
Added 20 September 2013
Andrew Spragg is a poet, performer and critic. He was born in London in 1984 and lives there currently. To Blart & Kid is due to be published by Like This Press in early 2013. He has had work appear in Hi Zero, Half Circle and on The Literateur. His writing was also included in Dear World & Everyone In It: New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe, 2013). He edits Infinite Editions, a blog that publishes free poetry postcards for download and distribution.
Added 5 February 2013
Lisa Robertson is a Canadian poet and essayist from Vancouver, who now lives in the Vienne region of France. She studied at Simon Fraser University in the 1980s, and left before finishing a degree in order to become an independent bookseller. While running her shop, Proprioception Books, she became involved in the literary and art communities in the city, as a collective member at Kootenay School of Writing, a non-profit writer-run centre, where she also taught for 10 years, as well as serving as a board member at Artspeak Gallery, whose mandate has been to exhibit contemporary artists working at the intersection of language and image. In the late 90’s, after the publication of her first two books, she began to travel and live abroad for short periods as a writer-in residence, and visiting poet, first at University of Cambridge as the Judith E. Wilson Fellow, then at University of San Diego, American University of Paris, Naropa University, University of California Berkeley, California College of the Arts, Simon Fraser University, and in Spring 2014, Princeton University. She works as writing tutor at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, in the Master of Fine Arts Programme, and as a freelance writer in the visual arts.
Added 6 December 2012
Joe Luna lives in Brighton, where he runs the Hi Zero reading series and edits Hi Zero magazine.
Crater Press published the letterpress fold Google Song in November 2011; his poems have appeared in, amongst others, Poems, Written Between October and December 2010 (Grasp Press), The Claudius App. (online), Better than Language: An Anthology of New Modernist Poetries (Ganzfeld Press), FRIENDS (Critical Documents), Sous les Paves, The Cambridge Literary Review, Damn the Cæsars, Lana Turner and The Death and Life of Great American Cities. A booklet, LVRSLVRSLVRSLVRS, was privately distributed in 2010; the .pdf epic FAILCORE is still public. ASTROTURF came out in 2013; other books followed suit.
His blog is All Over the Grid.
Added 23 November 2012
Spott was born in Paddington, London, United Kingdom - flat pack electoral constituencies as the eldest of a billion sons and daughters. Spott’s father was co-founded in fabric and wallpapers by Spott’s mother Felicity Alexandra Loxton-Peacock who was the fault of artist Clarisse Loxton-Peacock. In an interview in July 2005 Spott said “it’s my small act of rebellion. I don’t like it. I never like it. When I told my mother she said ‘nor do I.” Spott was educated. This came with a mystery prize. She was a member of what was dismembered in the Bullingdon Club. She also attended Davidson College North Carolina for one semester as a rusk. After graduating in 1992 Spott did a few part time jobs including as a data entry clerk dived tight in the details of the recently deceased NHS into a computer database full of… rice. She also briefly worked at Selfridges perpetually refolding all your towels. Noone has towels. In 1993 Spott was… She allerted Conservative central office where finally she joined the research department and became head of a section. One of her first roles as the head of a section was to be in Blackpool where between 1995 and 1997 Spott became special adviser to the food of Douglas Hogg - Rice. There after the election Spott again considered (though nothing came of it) and between 1997 and 2001 Spott worked inside the then Conservative leader William Hague as a roll preparing Hague for the inevitable weekly questions playing Tony Blair under successive leaderships of Michael Howard, David Cameron, Spott remained alive - passionately abundant, grimacing, shedding Parseq’s, oftentimes afloat in seas of Ghee and a million deep splinters like this.
Added 23 November 2012
Samantha Walton was born within earshot of the M25 in the 1980s. She has lived in Edinburgh and London, studied literature and politics, and in 2012 completed a PhD on psychology, law and selfhood in inter-war women's writing. Samantha has been invited to read at festivals and reading series in the UK, Ireland and North America, including the Cambridge Reading Series (2010), London Cross Genre Festival (2010), SoundEye, Cork (2011), Surrey Poetry Festival (2012) and the Alloa Poetry Jamboree (2012). In 2011 she co-organised an experimental poetry conference and festival - ConVersify - at the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Poetry Library.
Added 23 November 2012
J. H. Prynne
J. H. Prynne was born in 1936. Until his retirement in 2005-6 he was Director of Studies and Librarian of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
Added 5 July 2010