Mirror Lamp Press No.1: Happiness

A brand new specially-commissioned poem of mine with title 'Bandsalat (Verse Chorus Verse)' appears in the inaugural issue (April 2021) of Mirror Lamp Press , a new Dublin-based journal operating at the intersections of visual art and writing. Mirror Lamp Press is a free quarterly magazine edited by Gwen Burlington and Eoghan McIntyre. Each issue explores the intersection of art and literature through newly commissioned texts and selected works of an illustrator or visual artist. It lives in the digital sphere and has been designed to be read online, with each issue made available as a freely downloadable PDF. If you fancy holding the words in your hands, we encourage you to print it too. Each issue is formatted linguistically and features five sections under the headings Subject, Object, Verb, Word, and Place. Issue 1 is themed around Happiness.  My poem occupies the Object section as a response to the issue's theme through "a personal or art object." As the e

Conversations with the Contemporary at UCD

On 6 April I'll be taking part in the third of four events comprising 'Conversations with the Contemporary' , a series of readings and discussions about craft and context conceived, programmed and hosted by Niamh Campbell, University College Dublin (UCD) Writer in Residence 2021. From the introduction to the series: Style is the writer's ghost in the language machine: a series of decisions about what to write and how to write it which is both unconscious and deliberate. With this series UCD Writer in Residence Niamh Campbell is delighted to invite 8 writers to describe and discuss their process, craft, and the context of contemporary life - a world mediated by the internet, ruminating on recent history, making room for new stories, or pushing back against these - in relation to their work and their sense of style. We will talk about possible selves, multiple selves, found or concrete iterations of 'self'; the self online, the self on drugs, the embodied or disem

Platform 31

I'm very pleased to be selected for participation in the inaugural Platform 31 programme - a nationwide artist development award scheme for mid-career artists led by Ireland's 31 local authority Arts Offices in collaboration with The Arts Council of Ireland. Platform 31 is a national opportunity for artists to develop their practice and test new ideas of collaboration, research, audience development, place-making and sharing their work. Designed to support and offer career development for 31 mid-career artists (one artist in each of the 31 local authorities around Ireland), the scheme will establish a peer networking framework for participating artists, introducing them to a pool of critical thinkers to share their work and learnings, and encouraging a national conversation about creating work in local contexts. The exact nature of this artist support framework, which will last for approximately 6 months from February 2021, will be informed by the proposals and interests of th

SPROUT Journal #1: Space (The Nature of Cities)

I'm pleased to be contributing a new poem to the inaugural issue of SPROUT , an eco-urban poetry and art journal led by artists, urbanists, and researchers involved in The Nature of Cities, an international platform for discussion about cities, nature, and people. The Nature of Cities is a non-profit based in New York City. It was founded in 2012 and has since built a network of over 900 transdisciplinary contributors in 27 countries and on 6 continents. It is a 'boundary' organization, specifically interested in discovering what can be learned at the frontiers between art, science, design, policy, and activism, with a mission to foster more resilient, sustainable, liveable, and just cities that strengthen our relationships with nature. From the editors' commission call: "We hope that SPROUT will become a space for trans-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary collaborations between artists, researchers, and citizens with a focus on geographical diversity, polyvocali

Tripwire 17

Three new poems of mine are included in issue 17 of Tripwire  (January 2021), a superb print journal of poetry and poetics publishing in Oakland, California. Tripwire  is devoted to a counter-institutional exploration of radical and experimental modes of contemporary poetics, art, and cultural politics. It was founded in 1998 by Yedda Morrison and current editor David Buuck . Six issues were published between 1998 and 2002, before rebooting in 2014. The journal presents critical and creative work within a loose rubric, carrying issue titles such as 'Cities', 'Work', 'Transnational/Translational', 'Pop', 'The Red Issue', 'Performance/Writing' etc, along the way incorporating mini-features on Renee Gladman, the poetry of the Greek crisis, and more. Special supplements, a pamphlet series, and a translation grant have also been launched.  This wide-ranging interview with David Buuck about  Tripwire and contemporary poetics & politics c

2020/21 Literature Project Award (Arts Council Ireland)

I am pleased to announce receipt of a 2020/21 Literature Project Award from The Arts Council of Ireland: Poets Kimberly Campanello and Christodoulos Makris have been awarded a Literature Project Award to collaboratively explore space-time dimensions of travel in the age of digital/anthropocene. Dublin-based digital publisher Fallow Media will disseminate the result through a discrete digital publication to be released in late 2021. Time is elastic in the age of the digital/anthropocene, and our perception of physical spaces, including how we navigate them and the resonances they have for us, have altered. This creates a vertiginous contrast between our increasing scientific awareness of geological 'deep time' and the eternal present of the digital 'update' and 'scroll'. The recent past of easy travel has become a distant past, possibly not to return. We will explore how the two dimensions of travel (space-time) work across each other by writing in dialogue wi

Magma 78: Collaborations

Issue 78 of the poetry magazine Magma is devoted to an exploration of collaboration in its "hive-minded, symbiotic, experimental and downright radical" expressions of the form. I'm pleased that the issue includes 'Poem A: Fashion Week', one of the two strands comprising 'stone washing', my bilingual collaboration with Pierre Alféri - novelist, poet, and essayist, and son of the philosopher Jacques Derrida and psychoanalyst Marguerite Aucouturier . Magma is based in London and publishes three issues a year, with each issue focusing on a different theme and collated by different editors. Magma 78 is edited by David Floyd and Alice Willits . My collaboration with Pierre was originally commissioned by SJ Fowler - who is the subject of an in-depth interview in Magma 78 - for the 2019 edition of European Poetry Festival . From our collaborators' note printed in the issue: 'stone washing' is a two-strand bilingual process poem taking the form

Red Line Book Festival 2020

On Thursday 15 October I will take part in an event focusing on experimental writing as part of this year's Red Line Book Festival. Held in October each year, the Red Line Book Festival takes place in various venues across South Dublin County. It is funded by South Dublin County Council and managed by South Dublin Libraries and Arts. This year's edition features a blended programme of online and offline events. 'Experimental Writing with...' is an online event also featuring  Kimberly Campanello and Alice Lyons , and hosted/moderated by Gregory Betts . From the event description: Experimental Writing has experienced a resurgence of late and the work of poets Kimberly Campanello and Christodoulos Makris, as well as novelist Alice Lyons, have been held up as part of its current re-emergence. Noted experimental poet and academic Gregory Betts will be hosting this fascinating discussion of where experimental writing is today, and where it will go next. Start time is 6.30

'Capital' at Irish Museum of Modern Art

On Saturday 5 September I will present a new long poem with title 'Capital' at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). This is part of a programme of events for The People's Pavilion installation, a public outdoor space located on the museum's front lawn where people can meet safely in specially designed social distancing circles. From the event description: 'Capital' is a polyphonic poem composed of fragments of text from unattributed reviews of establishments on Talbot Street, publicly available on Google Maps. It has its roots in Makris’s longstanding interest in the shifts in language use, communication and identity brought about by digital media, and their implication on poetic discourse. The poem maps the street through the kind of public-private writing prevalent online (the reviews often stray into personal anecdote). Its documentary and fragmentary nature also responds to the early post-Covid conditions, our toggling between 'real' and online g

'this is no longer entertainment' reviewed on PANK Magazine

A review of this is no longer entertainment  appeared on PANK Magazine  last week, written by Hayden Bergman - poet, translator and Books Editor at  The Literary Review. Founded in 2006 by M. Bartley Seigel and Roxane Gay, PANK Magazine is a US literary magazine "fostering access to innovative poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers". It is currently edited by Jessica Fischoff and Chris Campanioni with a remit to "advance the original vision of the founding editors and the rich history that’s published so many innovative voices". In his review Bergman names some of the subject areas the book covers and writes that "it does so in an acrobatic manner, darting between poetic registers, code-switching from satire to sentiment". He considers it being marked by collisions of ideological extremes, and comments: "Makris writes in a way that takes note of the pleasures and pitfalls of extrem