ANNE CARSON’S EURIPIDES Eight Takes on Trojan Women (2021) and H of H (2021)

The Bristol Poetry Institute is looking forward to this online event organized by Laura Jansen (Bristol), Mario Telò (UC Berkeley), andSarah Nooter (UChicago)

Friday, April 29th, 2022 (9am Pacific Time/ 11am Central Time/ 5pm UK Time)

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Following her innovative translations of Euripides in Grief Lessons (2006) and her creative play with book form in Nox (2010) and Float (2016), Anne Carson’s recent dialogue with Euripides is amongst her boldest. Trojan Women (2021), a graphic ‘comics poem’, and H of H (2021), an ‘explosion of thought’ in the shape of a playbook with illustrations (by Rosanna Bruno) and notes, are a feast to the imagination for readers of Euripides and Carson. The event will present eight takes on the two works by poets, artists, essayists, and scholars. We aim to consider the books in relation to matters of tragedy and materiality, hybrid translation practices, the forms of the book, chimeric approaches to art, and myth and justice. The event will include a table discussion, together with an appreciation of the contribution that Anne Carson has made to the reception of Euripides in textual and visual form.


Kay Gabriel (Mount Holyoke College); Phoebe Giannisi (University of Thessaly); Laura Jansen (University of Bristol); Rebecca Kosick (University of Bristol); Sarah Nooter (The University of Chicago); Ian Rae (King’s College at Western University); Patrice Rankine (The University of Chicago); Mario Telò (University of California, Berkeley)

20 Minute Poetry: The Bristol Poetry Institute Zoom Readings (May 2022)

This spring, the BPI returns with another series of short Zoom readings. Take a poetry break with us Tuesday evenings and enjoy an opportunity to hear Tjawangwa Dema, Nathaniel Farrell, and William Thompson share their recent work.

6pm BST Tues May 3      Tjawangwa Dema

6pm BST Tues May 10    Nathaniel Farrell

6pm BST Tues May 17    William Thompson

Register in advance for these events via Zoom. Free and open to all.

Our Readers

Author photo of Tjawangwa Dema

Tjawangwa Dema is author of The Careless Seamstress, winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. Her chapbook Mandible was published as part of the New-Generation African Poets box set. She has received fellowships and residencies from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, Northwestern University’s Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and the Danish International Visiting Artist program, amongst others. Tjawangwa has given readings/facilitated workshops in over twenty countries and her poetry and essays on poetic pedagogies have been featured in various publications, most recently New Daughters of Africa, Botswana Women Write and the MLA’s Teaching Postcolonial Environmental Literature and Media. Tjawangwa sits on a number of poetry festival and institute boards and is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the University of Bristol. Her poetry has been translated into several languages. In addition to two book translations, her collection, an/other pastoral, was published by No Bindings in April 2022. Photo credit Petra Rolinec.

Author photo of Nathaniel Farrell

Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, Nathaniel Farrell is a poet, collage artist, and educator. His first two books of poetry — Newcomer (2014) and Lost Horizon (2019) — are published by Ugly Duckling Presse. He holds a PhD in English Literature from Columbia University, where he studied Modernist American poetry, and currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri where he teaches composition at Washington University. His collages have been included in exhibitions in New York and Missouri and, like his poetry, engage problems of American national identity, including settler colonial fantasies, consumer culture, and environmental degradation.

Author photo of William Thompson

William Thompson is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Bristol. Born in Cambridgeshire in 1991, his work has appeared in Poetry Wales, Wild Court, The Honest Ulsterman, One Hand Clapping, Ink Sweat & Tears and The Best New British and Irish Poets 2019-21 (Eyewear).



Bristol Poetry Institute at Lyra Festival (April)

The Bristol Poetry Institute is pleased to once again partner with Lyra, the Bristol Poetry Festival for a series of exciting events this spring. We’d love to see you for any of the below events. All are free and open to the public.


April is the cruellest month | The Waste Land Lecture

Date: Friday 1st April 2022

Time: 17:30

Tickets: From £0.00

Venue: Bristol Central Library

To mark this year’s 100th anniversary of The Waste Land, Jim McCue will consider why we are still reading T. S. Eliot’s poem, how our understanding of it has changed, and what was meant by “editing” it as part of a 2,000-page scholarly edition of the poetry.


Radical Translation | with Girasol Press

Date: Saturday 9th April 2022

Time: 17:00

Tickets: From £0.00

Venue: Wills Memorial Building (G25), Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1QE

Radical Translation explores politically and artistically “radical” approaches to poetry in translation, featuring poets and translators published by or connected with Bristol-based small publisher Girasol Press. We’ll hear from Say, Spirit, Sheffield-based poet Alex Cocker’s experimental translations of Michelangelo’s sonnets, which tease out questions of androgyny, queer desire and the “trans” in translation. There will be readings of new work from Latinx poet and translator Juana Adcock, whose poetry explores living between languages and the violence of present-day Mexico, and from the writer and translator Jessica Sequeira, whose fiercely hybrid texts transgress boundaries of language and genre. Lastly, the afternoon will feature video contributions in Ch’ol and Tsotsil, as well as Spanish and English, from three Mexican poets (Canario de la Cruz, Edgar Darinel García, and Miriam Esperanza Hernández Vázquez) included in Jukub: Poems from Chiapas for the Reverse Conquest. Jukub, the Ch’ol word for canoe, alludes to the Zapatista Army of National Liberation’s maritime delegation, which in 2021 sailed to Europe to mark 500 years since the “conquest” of Mexico in 1521. As a publisher, Girasol Press is interested in experimental approaches to translation and in the tactility and radical slowness of book-arts and antiquated print technologies, such as their trusty Adana 8×5!


Diana Bellessi | To Love A Woman/Amar a una mujer

Date: Saturday 9th April 2022

Time: 18:30

Tickets: From £0.00

Venue: Wills Memorial Building (G25), Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1QE

Join Argentinian poet Diana Bellessi and translator Leo Boix to celebrate the publication of To Love A Woman. With support from Polish multilingual poet Bohdan Piasecki. Presented in partnership with the Poetry Translation Centre. Bellessi is a groundbreaking writer who has been credited as the godmother of LGBTQI+ poetry in Latin America. Over the decades she has championed feminist and queer issues and themes, and has exerted a strong influence on prominent poets and writers from the 1980’s through to the present day. Bellessi’s direct, simple aesthetic style was adopted, in part, to speak directly to ordinary people of Argentina over the literary intelligentsia, part of her deep commitment to highlighting the social condition of the working class in Latin America, alongside progressive politics and ecological conservation. A prolific writer, Bellessi has published 25 books and this selection draws from the whole range, charting the progression and evolution of her poetry. Largely untranslated until now, The Poetry Translation Centre is proud to be publishing this collection, many of the poems appearing in English for the first time. Bellessi and Boix will be reading from To Love A Woman in the original Spanish with English translations, and discussing her life and work. While the BPI has not organised this event, we are excited that it continues our engagement with Bellessi and Boix, following a PTC and BPI-hosted translation workshop led by Boix last spring.


Poetry Aloud | Featuring Daljit Nagra

Date: Sunday 10th April 2022

Time: 14:00

Tickets: From £0.00

Venue: St. George’s Bristol, Great George St, Bristol BS1 5RR

A free, fun and inspiring afternoon for children, young people and families with top poets and musicians. Children and young people from schools in Bristol and the surrounding areas will perform their chosen poems, old and new, and poems they have written themselves. This event is presented in partnership with Poetry By Heart. Children and young people, aged 7-18, can sign up to perform a poem of their choice by contacting The event will feature special performances from former BPI Annual Reader Daljit Nagra and clare potter, and a poetry and music collaboration by Bob Walton and JOW.

Book Launch: La gran nàusea, by Xavier Mas Craviotto

The Bristol Poetry Institute looks forward to hosting poet Xavier Mas Craviotto for a launch of his new book La gran nàusea. Join us for a reading and conversation with the poet facilitated by James Hawkey and introduced by Joanna Crow.

Mon, 25 October 2021 | 18:00 – 19:00 BST

Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building

Free and open to all, booking required

La gran nàusea is a book of poems that delves into a process of exhaustion and weariness. An erosion that consumes the bonds between consciousness and reality, and inevitably leads not only to a feeling of tedium, but also to a hyperconsciousness of unreality and an invasion of strangeness. Taking as its starting point the symbol of the nausea that can be found in Jean-Paul Sartre’s famous novel and also in some of Nietzsche’s works, together with other authors like Lars Svendsen, Peter Handke, Byung-Chul Han or filmmakers like Ingmar Bergman, the poems of this book rummage in the apathy raised in a world of demolished senses and wasted meanings, in the deep malaise that we have inside when we feel close the presence of an invasive, compact and solid void. La gran nàusea is a book about the (capital-V) Void. A Void that, like from the nausea to the vomit, starts being an inner and intangible discomfort and ends up being an outer and material reality; a deified Void that we liturgically venerate; a Void that goes from the individual to the community; a Void that in the beginning of the book pulls down a house and at the end of the book devours a whole city.

La gran nàusea is divided in three parts —repleció, antiperistalsi and èmesi—whose titles correspond to the three phases of vomit. In these poems, the reader will embark on a poetic journey with an I and a You that struggle to understand not only each other but also a world that fades away right before their eyes. A world in which anything makes sense because words have been worn away and have lost their capability of evoking and attributing meanings and identities.


Xavier Mas Craviotto (Navàs, Catalonia, 1996) is currently the Catalan lector at the University of Bristol. He studied Catalan Philology in Universitat de Barcelona and a postgraduate degree in Language Consultancy and Publishing Services at the same university. He also collaborated for two years with The Research Centre for Sociolinguistics and Communication (CUSC-UB). He is one of the founders of Com ho diria, an online platform focused on the use of slang amongst young Catalan speakers. When he was 17, he was finalist in the Jordi Sierra i Fabra Literary Award in Spain and Latin America, and from then on he has won around twenty literary awards of narrative and poetry. He has published the novel La mort lenta (‘The slow death’, 2019), with which he won the Documenta Award 2018, and the book of poems Renills de cavall negre (‘Black horses’ neighs’, 2019), awarded with Certamen Art Jove Salvador Iborra Prize. He has participated in several poetry readings and in some collective books of short stories along with other Catalan authors.

Joanna Crow is Associate Professor in Latin American Studies. She has worked at the University of Bristol since 2006 and is currently Head of Subject for the Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. Her research focuses on Latin American cultural and intellectual history. She is particularly interested in histories of race, racism, and anti-racism. Her forthcoming book with Palgrave Macmillan is a study of transnational networks and debates about indigenous rights in early twentieth century Chile and Peru.

James Hawkey is Catalan Studies Coordinator at the University of Bristol. His research is focused on Catalan Linguistics and Cultural Studies. He has worked at the University of Bristol since 2014, prior to which he held positions at the Sorbonne University in Paris, as well as the Centre for Catalan Studies at Queen Mary, University of London.



20 Minute Poetry: The Bristol Poetry Institute Zoom Readings (May 2021)

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.

Our Readers

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 AmbitBath 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.


In Conversation with Sarah Tremlett: The Poetics of Poetry Film

Image of the book cover for The Poetics of Poetry Film


Wed, 21 April 2021

18:00 – 19:00 BST

Virtual event via Zoom

The Bristol Poetry Institute and Indisciplinary Poetics Research Cluster are delighted to announce this conversation with Sarah Tremlett (co-director of Liberated Words) and Rebecca Kosick (co-director of the Bristol Poetry Institute). The duo will discuss Sarah’s forthcoming book, The Poetics of Poetry Film: Film Poetry, Videopoetry, Lyric Voice, Reflection. Commissioned by Intellect Books and The University of Chicago Press, The Poetics of Poetry Film is the first book of its kind. With encyclopedic content, it establishes historical context, classifies the different types of poetry film, and sheds light on the fast-growing genre. Whilst Sarah Tremlett’s thinking develops around subjects such as time, lyric voice, subjectivity, the remediation of the page poem, and audio-visual philosophical practice, the book is multi-voiced, including first-hand accounts from numerous poetry filmmakers worldwide. A ground-breaking industry bible for students, academics, poetry film-makers and anyone interested in poetry, digital media, filmmaking, art and creative writing.

This event is free and open to all. For more information and to reserve your ticket, visit our Eventbrite page.

Poetry and Reconnection: Discussion and Q&A with Madhu Krishnan and Caleb Parkin

Photos of Madhu Krishnan and Caleb Parkin

Date: Thursday 15th April 2021
Price: Free
Time: 7:00 – 8:00pm
BSL interpreted by Russ Andrews

The Bristol Poetry Institute is pleased to be partnering with Lyra Bristol Poetry Festival to host this virtual conversation between BPI Executive Board member Madhu Krishnan and Bristol City Poet Caleb Parkin. Krishnan and Parkin will discuss the themes of reconnection, nature and poetry. What do we talk about when we talk about nature? Does nature really connect us, or does it also divide? Does “nature” even exist? This conversation will consider the ways in which poetry and nature intersect, and how the human and non-human environment is produced and reproduced, (be)laboured, (de)constructed and performed through language.

Bring a quote or poem of up to fifty words related to these themes and there’ll be chances to feed these into the conversation, keeping things live and lively. This event will be BSL interpreted.

To book your free ticket, head over to the Lyra Festival’s page.

Bristol Poetry Institute Annual Lecture: Nick Groom presents ‘Twenty-First-Century Chatterton’

® Chris Chapman 2018

Date: Wednesday 14th April 2021
Price: Free
Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm

This virtual talk will introduce the poetry of Thomas Chatterton to a contemporary audience. While Chatterton’s obsessive invention of mediaeval Bristol certainly makes his writing unique, it also risks alienating readers. Why should we bother reading him today, unless we have a particular interest in eighteenth-century literature that describes the past? In fact, not only does Chatterton’s phenomenally imaginative recreation of the Middle Ages have striking significance today, it is in any case only one aspect of his writing. Chatterton’s multi-facetted work runs from scathing satire to some of the earliest anti-slavery poetry ever written, and among his extraordinarily diverse writing are moments of insight that can help us think through the challenges and dilemmas of the twenty-first century.

Dr Nick Groom has published on a wide range of literary and cultural topics, from national identities to cultural environmentalism to the Gothic – the latter earning him the sobriquet of the ‘Prof of Goth’ in the media. His environmental writing includes the book The Seasons: A Celebration of the English Year (2013), runner-up for the BBC Countryfile Book of the Year, while his extensive work on the Gothic has helped to redefine the field through books including The Gothic (2012) and editions of The Castle of Otranto, The Monk, The Italian, and Frankenstein (2014-19). The Vampire: A New History, described by the New Yorker as ‘colossally smart’, was first published in 2018 and has been translated into Italian and Spanish. He has also published extensively on Thomas Chatterton in many essays and articles, has edited Chatterton’s poetry for a selected edition, and his book The Forger’s Shadow (2003) focuses on Chatterton’s life and work. Nick Groom is currently Professor in English at the University of Macau, having previously held positions at the universities of Bristol, Chicago, Stanford, and Exeter.

This event is presented in partnership with Lyra the Bristol Poetry Festival, Bristol Ideas, and supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund. It is part of A Poetic City, a multi-partner, city-wide programme that explores the legacy of Thomas Chatterton.

To reserve your free ticket, visit our partners at Lyra.

20 Minute Poetry: The Bristol Poetry Institute Zoom Readings

In March, the BPI will be hosting a series of short Zoom readings. Take a poetry break with us Tuesday evenings and enjoy an opportunity to hear Holly Corfield Carr, Suzannah V. Evans, and Jack Thacker share their recent work.

6pm Tues March 9                    Holly Corfield Carr                    

6pm Tues March 16                  Suzannah V. Evans 

6pm Tues March 23                  Jack Thacker

Register in advance for these events via Zoom.

Our Readers

Holly Corfield Carr (photo Ellen Wilkinson) makes poems, publications and performances, most recently for the Hayward Gallery, BBC Radio 4 and a passenger ferry called Matilda. Her work has received the Frieze Writer’s Prize and an Eric Gregory Award and she is currently a Research Fellow in English at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. Previous fellowships and residencies include the Henry Moore Institute, the Wordsworth Trust, Spike Island and the National Trust. Her latest publications, Subsong and Indifferent Cresses, were both published by the National Trust in 2018.


Suzannah V. Evans (photo Sophie Davidson) has published poems in ENGLISH, The London MagazineThe Scotsman, and Carcanet’s New Poetries VIII, with others broadcast on BBC Radio Bristol. She has read her work at Keats House, London, where she organised Keats House: New Poets, for York Literature Festival and StAnza Poetry Festival, and at Underfall boatyard in Bristol, where she was poet in residence in 2019. She is the winner of the 2020 Ivan Juritz Prize for Creative Experiment and of a 2020 Northern Writers’ Award from New Writing North. Her debut double-pamphlet Marine Objects / Some Language was published in April 2020 with Guillemot Press; her second pamphlet, Brightwork, is forthcoming with the same press in May 2021.


Jack Thacker (photo Deborah Lam) was born in 1989 and brought up on a farm in Herefordshire. He studied English at the University of York and completed a PhD at the University of Bristol. His poetry has appeared in numerous print and online magazines, including PN ReviewStandBlackbox ManifoldThe Clearing and Caught by the River, as well as on BBC Radio 4. In 2016, he won the Charles Causley International Poetry Competition. He has been the writer in residence at the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading and more recently at Lighthouse, Poole. His debut pamphlet-length collection is Handling (Two Rivers Press, 2018). He is currently Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Critical Poetics at Nottingham Trent University.



Bookings for the 2020 Annual Reading with Claudia Rankine are now live

Portrait of Claudia Rankine
Claudia Rankine, 2016 MacArthur Fellow, New York, New York, September 7, 2016

Tickets for the 2020 Bristol Poetry Institute Annual Reading with Claudia Rankine and Vanessa Kisuule are now available for booking with our event partners, the Festival of Ideas. Tickets are free, but booking is essential.

Wed 18 November 2020
Free Admission

Click here to book your place now

Award-winning poet, writer and thinker Claudia Rankine delivers the 2020 Bristol Poetry Institute Annual Reading. Recipient of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship and author of five poetry collections, Professor Rankine will read from her new publication, Just Us: An American Conversation (published in the UK by Allen Lane) and be in conversation with Vanessa Kisuule, Bristol’s City Poet from 2018-2020. Just Us is Claudia Rankine’s most intimate work yet, questioning what it means now to interrogate white privilege, well-meaning liberal politics, white male aggression, the implications of blondness, white supremacy in the White House, the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and what she calls the alarming move towards Brexit.

This event has been organised in partnership between the  Bristol Poetry InstituteFestival of Ideas and Centre for Black Humanities. It is part of the A Poetic City season of events commemorating 250 years since the death of Bristol-born poet Thomas Chatterton and The Festival of Ideas Great Reset programme looking at the solutions to the challenges we face (which runs October 2020-October 2021).

This is a Festival of Ideas Online event and will take place on the Crowdcast platform. It will also be live-streamed to Facebook. You can find out more about how this works from the Festival of Ideas blog.