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The Ninth Annual Sussex Poetry Festival will take place over Friday and Saturday, 29th and 30th June 2018.
This year the festival will take place at the Rose Hill, on Rose Hill Terrace, behind London Road, Brighton.
The festival, as always, will feature readings from some of the most exciting contemporary poets, and will host local, national, and international performers.
Janani Ambikapathy is finishing up a PhD at the University of Cambridge and working on a poetry pamphlet ‘Are Language and I the Same People’. She is also a translator and assistant editor with Almost Island.
Kimberly Quiogue Andrews
Kimberly Quiogue Andrews is a poet and literary critic. She is also the author of BETWEEN, winner of the 2017 New Women’s Voices Chapbook Prize from Finishing Line Press. Her recent work in various genres appears in Poetry Northwest, The Shallow Ends, The Recluse, the Los Angeles Review of Books, ASAP/J, and elsewhere. She lives in Maryland and is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Washington College.
Ashley Barr is a current student at the University of Sussex and a recent graduate of Boise State University’s MFA program. She grew up in Boise, Idaho and once wrote a chapbook called Call the Bees to Come (dancing girl press).
Brandon Brown is the author of five books of poetry and several chapbooks, as well as three collaborative volumes of Christmas poems with J. Gordon Faylor, most recently The Cloth Bag. His poems and prose have recently appeared in Art in America, Open Space, Fanzine, Art Practical, New American Writing, The Poetry Project Newsletter, and Best American Experimental Writing. In 2015, he won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2018 was awarded the inaugural Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing. He is an editor at Krupskaya and occasionally publishes small press materials under the imprint OMG! His newest full-length book is The Four Seasons (Wonder, forthcoming 2018). He lives in El Cerrito, California.
Alex Connor is a musician and poet who completed his bachelors in English Literature and Music this year. Inspired by the writing of Neruda, O’Hara, Cummings and Ginsberg, Alex is interested in minimalist, narrative and personal writing.
Leah Coughlan is a 21 year old student flittering between North London and Sussex University. Her poetry is simply what a gal has to do to not have a mental break down. The world is fucking jarring, and this bitch is just tryna navigate through it. You’ll be surprised at the extent to which flowers and fucking relate to each other – and not just in a Georgia O’Keefe way. Expect to feel uncomfortable as an alternative perspective attempts to replace these repetitive narratives of power.
Amy De’Ath’s most recent poetry publication is On My Love for Gender Abolition (New York: Capricious, 2016). She is Lecturer in Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory at King’s College London, and is currently working on her first critical book, Unsociable Poetry: Antagonism and Abstraction in Contemporary Feminized Poetics. She has written a number of essays on contemporary poetry, gender, and value-form theory.
Helen Dixon is a britacananica queer feminist writer. Much of her work is bilingual Spanish/English and she’s also worked in theatre, radio and TV drama. She has two books of poetry and poetic prose: Flight Over the Abyss/Vuelo sobre el abismo (Nicaraguan Writers Union CNE Managua 2003) and Olimpia/Olympia (beyond borders, Reykjavik 2006). Her writing has been included in five anthologies and in literary publications in Canada, Canary Islands, Mexico, Nicaragua, Brazil, Cuba, and the UK. Helen is also part of the Devil’s Dyke Network.
Honor Gavin takes a multi-platform approach to the creative and the critical, involving music, performance and collaborations with groups such as Theatrum Mundi. She is the author of a monograph on modernist literature and film, and of an exuberant, experimental novel, Midland (2014), which was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. Uncommon Building (2017), her most recent publication, documents a collaborative exercise in speculative fiction, a collective ‘excavation’ of a fictional building.
Jean-Marie Gleize and Abigail Lang (trans.)
Jean-Marie Gleize is the author of over twenty books in France. He published his first book (on Francis Ponge) in 1981, and became a professor at l’Université d’Aix-en-Provence as well as at the prestigious l’École normale supérieure de Lyon, where he would direct the Centre d’études poétiques from 1999 to 2009. In addition to his scholarly work on modern and contemporary French, Arabic, and American poetry, he would enter the first rank of French poets (or “post-poets,” as is sometimes said), aesthetically affiliated with peers such as Emmanuel Hocquard, Anne-Marie Albiach, and Claude Royet-Journoud. The first full-length translation into English of his writing, Tarnac, a preparatory act, is the most recent volume in a cycle of works published in France by Editions du Seuil’s series Fiction et Cie, created in 1974 by the poet Denis Roche. A seventh volume, titled Le Livre des cabanes, will be published in 2015, also by Seuil. Tarnac, a preparatory act was translated by Joshua Clover, Abigail Lang, and Bonnie Roy and published in January 2014 by Kenning Editions.
Ágnes Lehóczky’s poetry collections are Budapest to Babel (Egg Box, 2008), Rememberer (Egg Box, 2012), Carillonneur (Shearsman, 2014), Pool Epitaphs and Other Love Letters (pamphlet, Boiler House, 2017) and Swimming Pool (Shearsman, 2017). She was the winner of the Jane Martin Prize for Poetry at Girton College, Cambridge, in 2011. Her collection of essays, Poetry, the Geometry of the Living Substance, was published in 2011. She co-edited Sheffield Anthology (Smith / Doorstop, 2012) with Adam Piette, and recently The World Speaking Back to Denise Riley with Zoë Skoulding (Boiler House, 2018). She is currently co-editing Wretched Strangers, a transnational anthology with J. T. Welsch (out by Boiler House in 2018). She is Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Sheffield where she is co-director of the Centre for Poetry and Poetics.
Polly McCormack is a West Yorkshire poet currently in her first year reading English Literature at Sussex. She regularly performs around both London and The North, having been featured at Manchester Fringe Festival, performing for the Northern Beat Poets Society and Soho Poetry Nights. Her work is mostly observational. Her influences include Anne Sexton and Nick Cave. She is currently working on her debut pamphlet.
Eva is a passionate, bi-racial graduate whose uni life far from her white home has awoken her to the world of post-colonialism and seasoned food.
Alison Rumfitt is a transgender poet living and working in Brighton, UK. Her work was nominated twice for the Rhysling Award 2018. Her poetry is citric in taste, best paired with either a vintage red or a glass of port. She writes about LGBT history, the terror of the human body and the guilt of existing but hopefully in a way that’s a bit funny. Find her stream-of-thoughts on Twitter, @gothicgarfield, and see her work in Glass Poetry’s ‘Poets Resist’, Eternal Haunted Summer and more.
Angus Walker lives in Brighton and has just finished his BA in English Literature at the University of Sussex. His poetry has been published by the student poetry site “The Stanza”.
Jackie Wang is a queer poet, essayist, filmmaker, performer, alien, and prison abolitionist. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is pursuing a PhD at Harvard University.
Steven Zultanski is the author of several books of poetry, most recently On the Literary Means of Representing the Powerful as Powerless (Information as Material, 2018), Honestly (BookThug, 2018), and Bribery (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014). He lives in Copenhagen.
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The Rose Hill is a wheelchair-accessible venue, but unfortunately does not (yet) have wheelchair-accessible toilets. There are, however, accessible toilets yards from the venue, inside The World’s End pub on London Road. The festival will be seated. There is a bar in the venue, and an outside smoking area.
As part of this year’s festival, we will be helping the Rose Hill to raise funds to install wheelchair-accessible toilets so that we can continue to develop our relationship with this wonderful community venue.