Thursday, 15th March
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Poetry from Nisha Ramayya, Robert Kiely, and Matvei Yankelvitch - cancelled see note below!
This event has been cancelled as the authors had been due to go to the University of Nottingham the same day, but it is a UCU strike day.
Nottingham Poetry Exchange presents a fantastic lineup of three visiting poets from London and New York.
Nisha Ramayya is a poet and academic based in London. Working across various practices and forms – translation, performance, mythology and ritual – she tests the possibilities of a Tantric poetics. Her poetry pamphlets, Notes on Sanskrit and Correspondances are published by Oystercatcher Press. Nisha currently works as a Visiting Lecturer in English at Royal Holloway and the University of Kent. http://www.nisharamayya.
Robert Kiely is an Irish writer and poet from Co. Cork, currently living in London. He is the author of How to Read (Crater Press), Killing the Cop in Your Head (Sad Press), and Fionn (Contraband Books).
Matvei Yankelevich is the author of the novel in fragments Boris by the Sea (2009), the collection Alpha Donut: The Selected Shorter Works of Matvei Yankelevich (2012), and the long poem sequence Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt (2016). He is highly regarded as a translator from Russian; his translations of Daniil Kharms were collected in Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (2007). Matvei is a cofounder and co-executive director of Ugly Duckling Presse, where he edits books, curates the Eastern European Poets Series, and edits the press’s magazine 6×6. He lives in Brooklyn.
Tickets: £3.00, including refreshments
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 15th March
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Urn & Drum, poetry book launch with Lila Matsumoto, supported by Vicky Sparrow
Please note the later start time.
Please join us for the launch of Lila Matsumoto’s new collection of poetry from Shearsman Books, Urn & Drum. Lila will be joined by poet Vicky Sparrow.
“The world within Urn & Drum is a cornucopia of shapes, colours, and objects, fashioned almost as a gleeful, surreal picture-book; a playful naivety that leads to serious questions of what it means to exist and feel in the world. Through linguistic dexterity and play, [these poems] exclaim heartbreak and test the limits of language in a single line.” —Rachael Allen
“In exquisite rituals of embodied and object orientated writing, Lila Matsumoto’s breath-taking new collection of poetry combines lightness of expression with a thrilling complexity of thought and emotion. There is joy and jouissance in this collection in abundance.” —Colin Herd
Lila Matsumoto was born in Japan and grew up in the US. She has lived in the UK since 2007, and currently teaches poetry at the University of Nottingham. Lila co-runs Front Horse, a magazine and performance night of poetry, music, and art, and convenes the Nottingham Poetry Exchange. Urn and Drum is her first full collection of poetry.
Vicky Sparrow’s poems can be found in Front Horse, Intercapillary Space, datableed and Litmus; her first pamphlet Notes to Selves was published by Zarf Editions last year. She lives in Nottingham and is completing a PhD on the poet-activist Anna Mendelssohn.
Free, refreshments provided
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