Poetry: Five Bodies

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Inspired by moments of unknowingness, invention and imagination, Five Bodies brings together some of the most outstanding British and international poets to share experiences of contemporary poetry.

The series welcomes unexpected ideas, experimental drifts and multiple voices following a long-standing tradition in poetry writing that melds perceiving, sensing, feeling and knowing as knowledge-making practices. Five Bodies asks how language invites communion with the sensorial, social, and political bodies and considers ways of relating to one another in the information age.

With contributions by Nottingham-based poets, Sarah Jackson, Linda Kemp, Lila Matsumoto and Vicky Sparrow, along with new readings by Victoria Adukwei Bulley, James Goodwin, Bhanu Kapil, Donika Kelly, Sandeep Parmar, and Nisha Ramayya.

Five Bodies is an offshoot of Sonic Continuum, our multi-platform research programme that investigates practices of world-making through sound, both as a force that constitutes the world and a medium for producing knowledge about it. It is collaboratively developed with the Critical Poetics research group at Nottingham Trent University.

For those interested in learning more about the poets, creative-critical engagement, hybrid methodologies and experimental thinking, join our Critical Poetics workshops.

Online. Free. This event will be livestreamed on Youtube.


6.30-7pm: Donika Kelly

7-7.20pm: Vicky Sparrow

7.20-7.40pm: James Goodwin

7.40-8pm: Sandeep Parmar

8-8.30pm: Dialogue

Chair: Linda Kemp

James Goodwin is a poet undertaking a PhD in English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London with a thesis on the blacksociopoetics of marronage, breath, sacrality and emanation. His pamphlet, aspects caught in the headspace we’re in: composition for friends, is forthcoming with Face Press; and his debut book, Fleshed Out For All The Corners Of The Slip, is forthcoming with the87press. His creative and critical work has appeared in online and print publications such as Intercapillary Space, Datableed, No Prizes, the Berkeley Poetry Review, earthbound press, and Poetry Wales, and is forthcoming with Granta Magazine and Hythe.

Donika Kelly is the author of the chapbook Aviarium (fivehundred places) and the full-length collections The Renunciations (forthcoming, Graywolf Press) and Bestiary (Graywolf Press), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry, and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and member of the collective Poets at the End of the World. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, where she teaches creative writing.

Linda Kemp is a Research Fellow in Social Work, Care and Community at Nottingham Trent University. Kemp’s research focuses on poetry, poetic language, and collaborative creative practices with a specific interest on critical poetics. Adopting a cross-disciplinary stance to language, power, and relationships between social questions, political commitment, and social history, their work encompasses the creative and critical to include poetry, creative-critical writing, collaboration, performance and scholarly publications.

Sandeep Parmar is a poet and scholar born in Nottingham. Parmar is the author of the poetry collections The Marble Orchard (2012) and Eidolon (2017), which won a Ledbury Forte Prize for Best Second Collection. With James Byrne, she collaborated on the chapbook Myth of the Savage Tribes, Myth of Civilised Nations (2014). Parmar’s scholarship focuses on British and American Modernism, particularly women’s autobiographical writing by lesser-known writers such as Hope Mirrlees, Nancy Cunard, and Mina Loy. Parmar is a BBC New Generation Thinker and codirector of Liverpool’s Centre for New and International Writing. She is currently a professor of English literature at the University of Liverpool.

Vicky Sparrow is a Nottingham-based poet, teacher and researcher specialising in poetics. She currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham, and edits reviews for the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. She holds a PhD on the poet-activist Anna Mendelssohn and was recently a fellow at the Wellcome Trust, researching the intersections between poetry and therapy. Sparrow’s poems can be found in Front Horse, Writing Utopia, datableed, Litmus and elsewhere; her debut pamphlet Notes to Selves (2016) is published by Zarf Editions.

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