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European Poetry Anthology (Croatia PEN Centre)

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Nine years in the making, the 500-page European Poetry Anthology Ima li pjesnika u Monte Carlu?,  edited by Damir Šodan, was published by Croatia PEN Centre this summer. It includes four poems from my first book  Spitting Out the Mother Tongue  (Wurm Press, 2011) , in Šodan's translation into Croatian. The anthology - whose title roughly translates as  Are There any Poets in Monte Carlo?  - gathers poetry from across the continent through the work of one poet 'representing' each European nation, or in some cases like Cyprus and Ireland of two (one for each official language). It was conceived by Šodan in the wake of  Poetry Parnassus , a week-long festival at Southbank Centre part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, in which (almost) every nation in the world was represented by one poet, and in which Šodan and I both participated . The anthology was  launched in Zagreb last June  on what was the tenth anniversary of Poetry Parnassus. (Incidentally, in 2018 I wrote on the

Poetry and Document: Ways of Writing at Kildare Readers Festival 2022

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A pleasure to be extending my partnership with Kildare Readers Festival and Riverbank Arts Centre : for the 2022 edition of the festival I am programming and hosting another event in my 'Ways of Writing' curatorial strand . In light of my interest and practice in documentary poetics, which has taken the form of several projects and the release of books , objects , digital publications , short films etc - and with an upcoming book with title  It Reeks of Radio , the result of my commissioned engagement with archival material at University College Dublin , set to be published by the University within the coming year - I have invited Bebe Ashley , Julie Morrissy , and Cherry Smyth , three poets who have also worked with archives or contemporary documentary material, to speak about aspects of their own practice. Thursday 6 October 2022, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare . 6pm start. Book your free tickets here . Full event details below: Three contemporary poets whose

Writing Course: Against Originality

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Following the successful run of my Irish Writers Centre course 'Something Borrowed Something New' in Spring 2020 - which began in-person at the centre before shifting almost seamlessly to Zoom for obvious reasons - and which I'm delighted to report has led to a participant's work recently being picked up for publication by a Chicago press - I'm pleased to be leading a new course with title 'Against Originality' for the Irish Writers Centre's Autumn 2022 Programme. You can book a place on 'Against Originality' through the centre . This is an online course so participants can book and join from anywhere , and it is suitable for all levels of experience. Start date is Thursday 13 October 2022, and duration is 8 weeks, in 2-hour weekly sessions (6.30 - 8.30pm Dublin time). See below, or the Irish Writers Centre's course page , for course details and endorsements. Against Originality with Christodoulos Makris: This course facilitates the creation

Phonica: Ten

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We are very pleased to announce the return of PHONICA. Phonica: Ten Friday 9 September 2022 The Gallery, The Complex, 21 Arran Street East, Smithfield, Dublin 7 7.00pm Admission: Free with: Emma Bennett Ellen Dillon Panos Ghikas Cora Venus Lunny Óscar Mascareñas Jonathan Mayhew About PHONICA: PHONICA is a multidisciplinary live performance series rooted in Word and Sound, with an emphasis on multiformity and the experimental. Conceived, directed, programmed and hosted since January 2016 by Christodoulos Makris and Olesya Zdorovetska , PHONICA aims to explore compositional and performative ideas, and to encourage a melting pot of audiences and artists from across artforms and borders. After nine iterations  PHONICA’s activities were interrupted by a number of factors, notably the onset of Covid-19. We are excited to relaunch PHONICA in the post-pandemic era and to navigate the possibilities of performance in Word and Sound through interactions, innovations and provocations within the n

European Poetry Festival (Ireland) 2022

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I'm very pleased to be curating the closing event of the European Poetry Festival 2022 in partnership with festival director SJ Fowler. 'The European Camarade: Ireland' takes place at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare, on Saturday 9 July 2022. My involvement with the festival - in a co-producing and programming role - began with the closing event of the 2019 edition , which I was able to produce in the context of my spell as Writer in Residence at Maynooth University & Kildare County Council Library and Arts Service (2018-19). Plans for follow-up events were undermined by the pandemic, but we are now in a position to resume this multi-body partnership with an event offering a unique approach to multi-genre, cross-border and collaborative poetics, and representing a significant legacy of my writing residency in Co Kildare. The European Poetry Festival is a predominantly UK-based festival celebrating the resurgence of avant-garde and literary poetry across E

The Stinging Fly (Summer 2022): The Poetry Issue

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The Summer 2022 issue of The Stinging Fly  is dedicated entirely to poetry - a first for the long-standing magazine. The issue is edited by poetry editor Cal Doyle, and I'm pleased to have a specially commissioned essay in it. The Stinging Fly is  "a literary magazine, a book publisher, an education provider, and an online platform" operating from Dublin. The magazine is at the heart of the organisation; it was founded in 1997 by Aoife Kavanagh and Declan Meade, with the first issue appearing in March 1998. It continues to publish two issues every year, offering a mix of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Declan Meade remains as the publisher and chief executive of The Stinging Fly , while its magazine editors have included Thomas Morris, Sally Rooney and Danny Denton. The Poetry Issue (Issue 46 / Vol 2) is a 240-page volume containing poems in English and Irish, essays on poetry and poetics, discussion-based oral histories, and interviews, featuring the work of many excel

Belfast Book Festival 2022

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I very much look forward to this year's edition of the Belfast Book Festival, taking place 10-19 June, and in which I will be participating in a range of ways. Especially since my scheduled participation in 2020, arranged by a different programming team, unfortunately did not happen due to the festival's cancellation that year. So my contribution to the  Belfast Book Festival 2022 takes three different forms: 1/ Reading and Conversation -  Literary Collage With Sophie Herxheimer & Christodoulos Makris : This intimate event will query the potential of the many sources of found and discarded language as source texts for the creation of new literary material. Come along and join poets Sophie Herxheimer and Christodoulos Makris for an evening of readings and conversation. Wednesday 15 June 2022 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM | Tickets: Pay What You Want – recommended price £7  | The Crescent Arts Centre 2/ Workshop -  Text As Material: Remake Reuse Recycle With Christodoulos Makris : H

Belfield Literary Review No. 2

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Having also had work featured  in the inaugural issue  last year, I'm very pleased to have four new poems as fragmented-disembodied lyric included in  Belfield Literary Review  No. 2 (Spring 2022) - an issue guest-curated and edited by Niamh Campbell . Belfield Literary Review is a beautifully produced annual journal published by Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) in collaboration with the UCD School of English, Drama and Film . The journal "has grown out of the creative writing community in University College Dublin, and [...] deals with the interface between critical and creative work, hybrid texts and the experimental." Issue 2 is titled 'The Long Journey', and also includes work from many excellent writers such as Chris Beausang, Adrian Duncan, Mia Gallagher, Darragh McCausland, Chris Murray, Nathan O'Donnell, Sue Rainsford, Sam Riviere, Sydney Weinberg, and more. It was launched last Monday 2 May at MoLI with readings from some of the contributors, and

Shedding Poetry's National Baggage: an essay (re-published)

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I recently became aware that my essay 'Shedding Poetry's National Baggage',  commissioned for and published on the online platform  Versopolis Review  (European Review of Poetry, Books and Culture) in January 2018 , has vanished without trace, warning or explanation. The internet is of course full of broken links and disappeared material, but the Versopolis project continues to be active and supported by the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme, with the platform stating that its website is a document of the project's activities since its inception in 2014. Following this development, and given the fact that the essay was fairly cited and discussed on its original publication, I have decided to make it available again below, unaltered and in full: --- Shedding Poetry’s National Baggage: Eight Fragments 1. In February 2015 I received two separate calls in a single morning: one from a national arts body in Ireland, and another from an organisation connected to

sorry that you were not moved (Fallow Media, 2022)

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Publication Title: sorry that you were not moved   Authors: Kimberly Campanello & Christodoulos Makris   Publisher: Fallow Media   Date of Publication: 10 February 2022 Availability: Free sorry that you were not moved is an interactive collaborative digital poetry publication by Kimberly Campanello and Christodoulos Makris exploring space-time dimensions of travel through experimental-appropriative writing strategies and audiovisual interventions. It was created in collaboration with Ian Maleney of Fallow Media, inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities , and made with the support of an Arts Council Literature Project Award. CLICK HERE to travel. Dear reader, After several months navigating digital space-time in intertextual collusion with Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities , we present these mementoes of what we encountered on our voyages. The engines of our digital travels were fired by diverse strategies and they landed us both nowhere and everywhere. All reflect and con