SJ Fowler is a poet and artist. He works in the modernist and avant-garde traditions, across poetry, fiction, theatre, sonic art, visual art, installation and performance. He has published various collections of poetry and text, and been commissioned by Tate Modern, BBC Radio 3, The British Council, Tate Britain, Liverpool Biennial and Wellcome Collection. He has been translated into 21 languages and performed at venues across the world, from Mexico City to Erbil, Beijing to Tbilisi. He is the poetry editor of 3am magazine, Lecturer at Kingston University, teaches at Tate Modern and is the curator of the Enemies project.

 


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Poetry Collections

Commissions include new art, poetry, performances for Tate Modern, BBC Radio 3, Wellcome Collection, Tate Britain, The London Sinfonietta, Liverpool Biennial, Whitechapel Gallery, Southbank Centre, Somerset House, Totally Thames, Electronic Voice Phenomena, UNESCO, British Council, Rich Mix, Garden Museum, London Book Fair, Kettle's Yard, Highlight Arts.

Solo Exhibitions:  Mahu : Hardy Tree Gallery Kings Cross : 2015 : London, UK

Collaborative / Group Exhibitions include:

Fiction Nominated for The White Review Short Story Prize (2014) and published short stories in magazines including Aspidistra.

Theatre:  Dagestan, debut play, produced to scratch by Penned in the Margins, supported by Arts Council England, at Rich Mix Theatre (2015)

Teaching

Editorial / Journalism:

  • Poetry editor of 3am magazine since 2011.
  • Founded the Maintenant series in 2010, consisting of 99 interviews with contemporary European poets, aiming to evidence a new generation from a diversity of European poetic traditions, introducing poets outside of the Anglo-American scene, respondents including Ilya Kaminsky, Valzhyna Mort, Ales Steger, Luljeta Lleshanaku, Tadeusz Rozewicz and 94 others. 
  • Articles for Vice magazine, Words without Borders, 3am magazine, Literaturhaus Europa and more.
  • Founded the Reillumination series for Nth position.com, bringing light to forgotten avant garde poets.
  • Formerly UK editor of Lyrikline, associate editor of VLAK magazineAnglaise Actuelle editor of Recours au Poeme.

Residencies

International Readings / Performances include:

Translations include poems and text into:

  • Dutch by Tsead Bruinja, Welsh by Eurig Salisbury, Georgian by Davit Gabunia, German by Mathias Traxler, Konstantin Ames, Romanian by Ramona Hărșan, Ioana Ieronim French by Elizabeth Brunazzi, Spanish by Mario Dominguez Parra, Amanda de la Garza, Maria Monserrath Perez Caballo Slovenian by Igor Divjak, Serbian by Ana Pejovic, Stevan Bradic, Mandarin Chinese by Zhao Si, Portuguese by Ricardo Marques, Slovakian by Silvia Ruppeldtová, Arabic by Ahmad Abdel Hussein, Maryam Alatar, Ali Wajeh, Lauren Pyott, Kurdish by Zhawen Shally, Hoshang Waziri, Bulgarian by Angel Igov. 

Misc.

Conferences & Symposia include:

  • Goldsmiths College, Graduate Conference: Found Text in contemporary poetry (2016)
  • Forumstadt Park, Graz, Austria: Politics and poetry (2016)
  • Salzburg GlobalNeuroscience and Creativity (2015)
  • Humboldt University, School of Mind and Brain, Berlin: Curating neuroaesthetics (2015)
  • International Literature Showcase. Norwich Writers Centre: Technology and literature (2015)
  • Lettretage, Berlin, Germany: Literary activism (2015)
  • Cervantino Festival, Guanajuato Mexico: Shakespeare in the 21st Century (2015)
  • Bank St Arts, Sheffield: Anthologising poetry (2014)
  • International Translation day, British Library: Technology and translation (2013 & 2014)
  • Rest is Noise Festival, Southbank Centre, London: Black Mountain College (2013)
  • Kingston International Pedagogy Conference. London, Collaboration and poetry (2013)
  • Birkbeck College, Graduate conference: Dada and ethics (2012)

Libretto:

  • The Revenge of Miguel Cotto composer Philip Venables: performed at St Lukes, London and MATA Festival, New York. Commissioned for the first London Sinfonietta Blue Touch Paper initiative. 
  • The Righteous Harmony Movement Society composer Wenjing Wang: performed at Wigmore Hall and Guildhall Music School, London. Commissioned for the Voiceworks project.

Anthology publications of poetry and fiction include

  • The New Concrete (Hayward Gallery), Dear World & Everyone In it, Hwaet (Bloodaxe Books), Mount London, Marginalia, Adventures in Form (Penned in the Margins), the Forward Prize Anthology (2014) Coin Opera 2, Bird Book (Sidekick Books), The Herbarium, The Dark Would, Other Room Anthology (2012), Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot (English PEN), Sea Pie (Shearsman)

Limited editions / Poster art / Art books / Collaborative Publications include:

Magazine and journal publications of poetry and fiction include: 

  • UK - Test Centre, Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry Wales, The Wolf, Poems in Which, The Quietus, Lighthouse, Long Poem, Freaklung.
  • International - Poetry (Chicago), Pank, Poetry International, Exquisite Corpse, Dusie, Moria (USA), Gorse, Honest Ulsterman, Bohemyth, Moloch (Ireland), VLAK (Czech Republic), Kokoro, Wazo (Spain), Cordite, Windmills (Australia) Recours au Poeme (France), Sand, Kawara (Germany) Poesis International (Romania) Poetry Salzburg Review, Huellkurven (Austria).

UK Readings / Performances include:

  • Festivals - Hay-on-Wye, StAnza, London Literature, Stoke Newington, Essex Book, Nova, Voewood, Midsummer, Runnymede, The Great Escape, Bournemouth Arts, Globe Road.
  • London - Wellcome Collection, The Whitechapel Gallery, Wigmore Hall, Cafe Oto, Saison Poetry Library, Guildhall Music School, British Library, Somerset House, Rich Mix, Wellcome Library, Parasol Unit, Garden Museum, Science Museum, Poetry Cafe, Marsden Woo Gallery, Tenderpixel Gallery, Candid Arts, The Herbarium, Southbank Centre, ICA, Austrian Cultural Forum, Horse Hospital, St Johns Bethnal Green, Apiary Studios, Freeword Centre, Camley Street Natural Park, Shoreditch Town Hall, Hardy Tree Gallery, Matt's Gallery, London Review of Books, Tate Modern, Kensal Green Cemetery, Freud Museum, Betsey Trotwood, Four Quarters bar, 
  • UK -  Cornerhouse Gallery, Anthony Burgess Foundation (Manchester), St Georges Hall, Fly in the Loaf (Liverpool) The Basement (Brighton) Arnolfini, The Cube (Bristol), Morden Tower (Newcastle) The Sage (Gateshead), Hauser and Wirth (Somerset), The Arc (Stockton), Norwich Arts Centre. Mary Shelley Theatre (Boscombe) Bank Street Arts (Sheffield), Barbara Hepworth Museum (St Ives), Schumacher College (Dartington), Royal Literary Society (Bath), The Poly (Falmouth), Riverfront Arts Centre, Project Space (Newport), Sutton Gallery, Summerhall (Edinburgh), Kettle's Yard (Cambridge), Kirkwall Library (Orkney), Mareel (Shetland), Abacus Rooms (Cardiff), Volcano Theatre (Swansea), Aberystwyth Arts, Blue Sky Cafe (Bangor), Verbal Arts (Derry), Crescent Arts (Belfast)
  • Readings series -  Xing the Line, The Blue Bus, The The The, CapLet, Goldsmiths Lit Live, Generative Constraints, The Other Room (Manchester), Caesura (Edinburgh). 

Curatorial

  • The Enemies project - events, tours, projects and progammes exploring collaboration and innovative in contemporary poetic practise.
  • Curated over 250 events in 22 countries involving over 600 poets and artists.
  • Includes international projects and tours - Enemigos (Mexico), Wrogowie (Poland), Fjender (Denmark), Fiende (Austria), Gelynion (Wales), Auld Enemies (Scotland), Yes But Are We Enemies? (Ireland), Nemici (Italy), Fiender (Norway), Ovinir (Iceland), Mtrebi (Georgia).
  • Commissions to run 'Camarade' collaborative poetry events include for Norwich Writers Centre, Essex Book Festival, Stanza Festival, Nova Festival, Rich Mix Arts Centre, Lettretage Berlin.
  • Funding support includes Arts Council England, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, the Danish Agency for Culture, Creative Scotland, Conaculta Mexico, Arts Council Ireland, Arts Council Wales, Czech Centre London, UNESCO Cities of Literature Edinburgh, Krakow, Reykjavik, Austrian Cultural Forum London and Berlin.
     
  • Kakania - Curated events and publications celebrating Habsburg Vienna through contemporary artists in London and Berlin.
  • States of Mind - Curated events for Wellcome Collection's exhibition, exploring human consciousness.
  • World without Words - Co-curated events exploring aphasia, neuroscience, the human brain and creativity. 
  • English Pen Modern Literature Festival - Curator of festival celebrating Writers at Risk programme.
  • European Poetry Night - Curator of London's first ever European Poetry Night in 2016, curator of Edinburgh's European Literature Night in 2015 and 2016.
  • Poetry Parnassus - Curated multiple events during the biggest poetry festival in the history of the UK.
  • Assorted commissions for events and programmes include - Reel Iraq for Highlight Arts, Global Cities for London Literature Festival, Howl for Soda Pictures, Cabaret Hrabal for Czech Centre London, Pugilistica for Veer Books.
  • Curated or co-curated multiple exhibitions including Feinde: New Concrete Poetry, Zimzalla (Hardy Tree Gallery), Poetry in Collaboration (Saison Poetry Library).

Collaborations - an extensive practise of collaboration with poets, artists, musicians, photographers, include:

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