2013 - a year in review

Happy new year. The happenings of 2013, a bit of an epic one. It’s been an immense year, a big year to thank collaborators / friends, one + the same. Im always in two minds whether to do one of these, and email it out to my mailing list, always worry about seeming egotistic or careerist. But its good to challenge oneself on that front perhaps, to be concerned with that possibility, when I do try my best to not be. Ive just found sharing links and projects and ideas breeds more of the same, and increases creative outlets and new opportunities to meet people and do things, and thats the point, so Im trying to stay outside my comfort zone and go out and share this stuff with people. 
Electronic Voice Phenomena. I was commissioned by Mercy & Penned in the Margins for a unique touring show of avant garde performance, music and poetry. http://www.electronicvoicephenomena.net/ In May there was a tour of the UK, nine dates in all, visiting the Sage in Gateshead, St Georges Hall in Liverpool amongst them, alongside Hannah Silva, Oufit and Ross Sutherland. There was a documentary about it http://vimeo.com/69040267 & an article on my multi-part, multi-genre commission ‘Electric Dada’ http://www.electronicvoicephenomena.net/index.php/the-voices-in-the-radio-sj-fowlers-electric-dada/  as well as video footage of the show here http://vimeo.com/mercyuk/videos

For EVP I featured on the Verb with Ian McMillian for BBC radio 3 https://soundcloud.com/sjfowler/sj-fowler-on-the-verb-bbc

My book Enemies was published in October, by Penned in the Margins, a selected collaborations with 29 collaborators featured. http://www.pennedinthemargins.co.uk/index.php/2013/09/enemies-2/ There were reviews at Annexe http://annexemagazine.com/review-enemies-sj-fowler/ & Windswept edge http://windsweptedge.com/2013/11/14/literature-review-s-j-fowler-enemies/

The Tate published my commissioned suite of poems on Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s ‘The Wrestlers’ http://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/gaudier-brzeska-wrestlers/sj-fowler-a-poets-response-r1142398 and an article on Ezra Pound.
I performed in Mexico city during the Day of the Dead first at the Laboratorio Arte Alameda https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX4uU7OUxX4 before a showcase at the Centro Cultural de Espana en Mexico, as part of Festival Expandible & the Enemigos project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bNO5qmGPOQ Blogs: http://blutkitt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/mexico-city-diario-de-poesia-1.html +

I got to contribute lectures and teaching sessions to over six months of the Southbank centre’s remarkable Rest is Noise festival, with much of that material hosted on their Soundcloud page, covering a variety of topics.
the occluded: British avant garde poetry in the era of Britten https://soundcloud.com/southbankcentre/british-avant-garde-poetry
Black Mountain college: panel with Tim Atkins, Peter Jaeger & Alyce Mahon https://soundcloud.com/southbankcentre/alyce-mahon-peter-jeager-tim
I got the chance to exhibit & perform with Alessandra Eramo in Berlin at the Wortwedding gallery http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3-EypR64No Blog: http://blutkitt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/enemies-berlin-feinde-with-alessandra.html

Had the privilege of reading at the Ars Poetica festival in Bratislava, adding my name to the many 100s of brilliant poets who’ve read there over the last decade https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVdQmpWeui0 Blog: http://blutkitt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/ars-poetica-bratislava-diary-of-magic.html

I got to read in Edinburgh, at nick-e melville’s remarkable DOLE project and at Graeme Smith’s Caesura series https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRLDIZECVgY
& with nick-e melville & Jow Lindsay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1xhXdkVjDY

Released two book-in-boxes collaborations with artists Ben Morris & David Kelly, ‘the Estates of Westeros’ & ‘Gilles de Rais’ with Like This press http://www.likethispress.co.uk/specialoffers These works were then exhibited at the Darnley Gallery  http://www.weareenemies.com/synesthesia.html & The Rich Mix Arts Centre http://www.weareenemies.com/estatesgillesexhibition.html
Released collaborative book of poemplays with Marcus Slease, called Elephanche, with Department press http://departmentzine.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/marcus-slease-sj-fowler-elephanche.html  & a newspaper form collaboration with the photographer Matteo Patocchi, called Twins born Triplets http://blutkitt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/twins-born-triplets-new-publication.html

The Enemies project underpinned the entire year, some amazing events, beginning with
Camarade VI, on February 8th http://www.weareenemies.com/camarade.html featuring 13 pairs of poets, including Carol Watts & George Szirtes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8phvyg1Euhc

On March 22nd I curated a poetry event for Reel Iraq, for the remarkable festival at the Rich mix. http://blutkitt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/reel-iraq-poetry-videos.html with some amazing new work from David Berridge http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeQHOmgrIeM & others

Enemies of the North took place in Manchester’s Cornerhouse, celebrating the northwest avantgarde poetry scene, on March 30th http://www.weareenemies.com/enemiesnorth.html
featuring the likes of James Byrne & Sandeep Parmar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm9I2Odu85A

At the Arnolfini gallery in Bristol, on April 27th, Enemies of the South featured 14 poets reading original work http://www.weareenemies.com/enemiessouth.html including Holly Pester & Emma Bennett. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-TiVTTfDuM My collaboration with Patrick Coyle for this event was published by Morphrog http://morphrog.com/morphrog7/Fowler%20&%20Coyle.html#Bristol

Enemigos, the London leg held on May 30th, featured the British poets that act as one half of this unique, cross-national transliteration anthology between Londoners & Chilangos, due out next year. http://www.weareenemies.com/enemigos.html

On June 30th, Philip Venables remarkable portrait concert at LSO St Lukes was headlined by our collaborative work, the Revenge of Miguel Cotto, commissioned as part of the London Sinfonietta’s Blue Touch Paper scheme http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiT9bGiqxEU

The visual art & avantgarde poetry exhibition at the Hardy Tree gallery ran throughout July and featured 7 different events, celebrating Sound art, the Dear world...anthology, the CPRC, POW, minilectures (Peter Jaeger - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygBbV9AnFBY) & more. http://www.weareenemies.com/artpoetry.html Over two dozen poets contributed to this extraordinary two weeks. My collaboration, printed in pure silk, with Thomas Duggan was exhibited http://blutkitt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/silk-thomas-duggan.html and my sound collaboration with Dylan Nyoukis & Ben Morris was a personal highlight. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pABB6cMDqxQ
The Enemies book was launched at Toynbee studios, featuring Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEKQ7r8SkZk Sam Riviere and I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRri0O3hkOo amongst many collaborators the night before...

Camaradefest. The highlight of the year, event wise. Hundreds in attendance, nearly 80 poets reading, 40 original poetic commissions http://blutkitt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/camaradefest-videos.html so many highlights, but James Davies & Philip Terry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hP1ODIUA_E
& an amazing podcast of the day by Ryan Van Winkle http://culturelaser.podomatic.com/entry/2013-10-31T23_49_26-07_00

The Erkembode exhibition ran the length of November at the Hardy tree gallery, featuring unique art/poetry collaborations & the Poets as Saints event, amongst others, including Marcus Slease http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3073DcMsjI0

Enemies Slovakia welcomed international poets, a sign of things to come in 2014, for original collaborations along with British poets in late November. http://blutkitt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/enemies-slovakia-videos.html

& the Wildermenn exhibition http://wildermenn.weebly.com/, at the House gallery in Peckham, just last month, was an appropriate way to finish the collaborative themed events of 2013 http://blutkitt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/wildermenn-have-passed-to-dredge-again.html

outside Enemies, I had the chance to speak at the International Translation day at the British Library, the first Kingston international pedagogy conference, Emigrating Landscapes at the Slavonic school, UCL and the Austrian Cultural Forum. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdIWsSXvcEc & read at the Blue bus, the Runnymede poetry festival & Xing the Line. I had vispo in the Poetry Library concrete poetry exhibition and Calligrams in the 5X7 exhibition at the Hardy tree http://blutkitt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/5x7-group-show-at-hardy-tree-in.html?view=classic

I featured in the Scottish poetry library Podcast in January, talking with Ryan Van Winkle http://scottishpoetrylibrary.podomatic.com/entry/2013-01-07T00_00_00-08_00
& I was interviewed by Sarah Dawson for the Poetry School http://campus.poetryschool.com/maintenant-interview-s-j-fowler/
with Zuzana Husarova & Martin Solotruk for the European Poetry Forum http://poetryforum.arspoetica.sk/
with Tom Jeffreys for the Learned Pig http://www.thelearnedpig.org/on-collaboration/544

My Maintenant series continued at www.3ammagazine.com, reaching a personal high with the legendary Tadeusz Rozewicz http://www.maintenant.co.uk/ and Poetry International continued to do a remarkable job republishing the older issues http://pionline.wordpress.com/category/maintenant/ I also interviewed the great American poet Will Alexander http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/interview-will-alexander/

I featured in the anthologies Dear World & Everyone in it http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/titlepage.asp?isbn=1852249498
the Will Rowe celebration volume http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cprc/publications/veer-books

I completed a trilogy of conceptual / art performances about boxing, called Pugilistica, at galleries in London
Apologia to st.christopher http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff5E-MfmiOw

& had poetry in the journals: the Wolf http://wolfmagazine.co.uk/
Recours au Poeme (French translations) http://www.recoursaupoeme.fr/po%C3%A8tes/sj-fowler
Kokoro (Spanish translations) http://revistakokoro.com/incidentesfowler.html

It was also the year the great Anselm Hollo died http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/anselm-hollo-1934-2013/ Stephen Watts saying farewell better than I ever could http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYTaPcOz6yw

All in all Enemies involved around 200 poets and artists from across the planet in 23 events, 5 exhibitions, 5 publications +. Thanks to the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Arts Council England, and everyone who made the year such a memorable one. 2014 will be bigger and better yet, plans for this year upcoming to follow.