In May, the BPI returns with another series of short Zoom readings. Take a poetry break with us Tuesday evenings and enjoy an opportunity to hear Andrés Anwandter, giovanni singleton, and Samantha Walton share their recent work.
6pm BST Tues May 11 Andrés Anwandter
6pm BST Tues May 18 giovanni singleton
6pm BST Tues May 25 Samantha Walton
Register in advance for these events via Zoom. Free and open to all.
Andrés Anwandter was born in Valdivia (Chile) in 1974 and is currently based in Bristol (UK). He is a poet and researcher who has published ten volumes of poetry, among them: Especies intencionales (2001 − Premio Municipal de Poesía), Square Poems (2002 − published by Writers Forum, London), Banda sonora (2006 − Premio de la Crítica) and Materia gris (2019 − Premio Mejores Obras Literarias). Selections of his poetry have appeared in numerous literary magazines in Chile, USA, and UK, and have also been included in major anthologies of recent Chilean poetry. He is one half of the sound poetry duo “Motor Nightingale”, along with poet Martin Bakero. As a translator, he has published in Spanish work by Tom Raworth, H.C. Artmann, Rebecca Solnit and David Antin. In 2014, he was awarded the Premio Pablo Neruda for young poets, acknowledging his literary trajectory and contribution to Chilean poetry. His last book of poems Pasados en limpio has just been released in Chile.
giovanni singleton is the author of Ascension, informed by the life and work of Alice Coltrane, which won the California Book Award Gold Medal and AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper, a collection of visual art and poetry. Her writing has been widely anthologized as well as exhibited in the Smithsonian Institute’s American Jazz Museum, San Francisco’s first Visual Poetry and Performance Festival, and on the building of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 2018, she received the African American Literature and Culture Society’s Stephen E. Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry. She is founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal dedicated to experimental work of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. For ten years she coordinated the Lunch Poems reading series at the University of California, Berkeley where she also served as the Holloway Lecturer in Poetry and Poetics. singleton was recently awarded an inaugural 2020 c3:Initiative letterpress residency and her dreamography is forthcoming from Noemi Press.
Samantha Walton is a poet and writer based in Bristol. She’s interested in how lyric poetry might be transformed to meet the conditions of ecological and social crisis, a theme explored in her first collection, Self Heal (Boiler House Press, 2018). Her recent pamphlet, Bad Moon (Spam, 2020) is an experiment in ecological gothic, and part of a longer sequence of loosely narrative poems looking at apocalypse and environmental disaster through the lens of popular fiction. Her poetry and fiction has been published in Ambit, Bath Magg, Chicago Review, Granta, Gutter, and Poetry Review, among other places. She teaches literature at Bath Spa University, co-edits Sad Press, and will publish her first non-fiction book, Everybody Needs Beauty: In Search of the Nature Cure, in July 2021.