List of Readers (Reverse Chronological Order)
Adelaide Ivánova & Christiane Quandt / Lotta Thießen / Susanne Darabas [Materialien, Online]
Ayna Steigerwald / Marty Hiatt / Ricarda Kiel & Heike Fröhlich [Materialien, Online]
Peter Gizzi / Denise Riley
Robert Glück / Steven Seidenberg
Charlotte Thiessen / Marty Hiatt / Joel Scott
Erín Moure / Caroline Bergvall
Lisa Jeschke / Sam Solomon
Nat Raha / Verity Spott
Sara Larsen / David Brazil
[ 2016 ]
[ 2015 ]
[ 2014 ]
[ 2013 ]
Details of Readings (Reverse Chronological Order)
Sarah Hayden is the author of the poetry pamphlets sitevisit (Materials), Turnpikes (Sad Press), System Without Issue (Oystercatcher), Exteroceptive (Wild Honey), the critical books Curious Disciplines: Mina Loy and Avant-Garde Artisthood and Peter Roehr—Field Pulsations (with Paul Hegarty) and, more recently, a trio of lecture-poems, Teacher Voice Treatment, on SpamPlaza.
Kashif Sharma-Patel co-runs the 87 Press. Kashif is the author of Relief I Willed It, published by Gong Farm last year, and co-author, with Ashwani Sharma and Azad Ashim Sharma, of Suburban Finesse, published by Sad Press. Poems also appear in Datableed, Ludd Gang, and Tentacular, and in the anthology We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics from Nightboat Books.
Book Launch : Wound Building: Dispatches from the Latest Disasters in UK Poetry
Friday 4th February 19:30
100 Years Gallery, 13 Pearson Street, Hoxton, London E2 8JD
“In my mind, poetry is a kind of street party that runs through all the wars and pandemics and Tory Party conferences and unfulfilled desires and suicides and breakdowns and out the other side; and no one gets into it unless they admit to themselves they can say anything they fucking like; and the only thing you ever learn here is that that’s the only thing there is to do.”
Materials Reading Series: Alli Warren
Online, Saturday 17th July 2021
8pm UK time / 12 noon PST
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Dear Comradesdon’t get it twisted
ALLI WARREN is the author of Here Come The Warm Jets (City Lights, 2013), I Love It Though (Nighboat, 2017), Little Hill (City Lights, 2020), and numerous chapbooks. She edited the literary magazine Dreamboat, co-curated the (New) Reading Series at 21 Grand, and co-edited the Poetic Labor Project. She has lived and worked in the Bay Area since 2005.
Materials Reading Series: Gabrielle Daniels and Tongo Eisen-Martin Book Launch
Online, Saturday 16th January 2021
8pm UK time / 12 noon PST
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“Daniels’ talents spin in every conceivable direction. Her writing continues to investigate and illumine corners of the world often neglected by the white capitalistic structures of patriarchy that shapes our lives from birth to death. Daniels’ work reveals a history, a legacy, a plan of action for the future. These are stories and poems with the punch of a novel in miniature.”(Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian)
“I am trying to figure out the ruling class. How they raise their replacements…”
MATERIALIEN Lyrik Lesereihe / Reading Series: Dezember 2020 [Zoom]
Ayna Steigerwald: tagslichtdosen (2019) - DE
Marty Hiatt: paraphrenia (2019) - EN
Heike Fröhlich und Ricarda Kiel: Outfits (2020) - DE - LAUNCH
Di / Tue, 15.12.2020, 8 p.m. CET / 20 Uhr
Adelaide Ivánova und Christiane Quandt: Der Hammer (2019) - BP/DE
Lotta Thießen: Fragments of Baby (2019) - EN
Susanne Darabas: [Übersetzung/Translation] Creeley, Histoire de Florida (2020) - DE - LAUNCH
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To register, please write to materials.materialien [at] gmail.com and let us know which evening(s) you want to attend. You will then receive the Zoom link by email shortly before the event begins.
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you hear them alight inside that spoken thought.
Erín Moure / Caroline Bergvall
Give me not this monstrance
my mouth black
in the lightcup of the trees”
for your absence is impossible
you fall through a distance in the game”
NAT RAHA / VERITY SPOTT
Seminar and Reading
Weds 9th May, Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, 17:00-19:00
We are very excited to announce that Nat Raha and Verity Spott will give a seminar and poetry reading in the Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, English Faculty, University of Cambridge (17:00-18:15 seminar / 18.20–19:00 reading).
Nat Raha is a poet and trans* / queer activist, living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her poetry includes two collections: countersonnets (Contraband Books, 2013), and Octet (Veer Books, 2010); and numerous pamphlets including ‘de/compositions’ (Enjoy Your Homes Press, 2017), ‘£/€xtinctions’ (sociopathetic distro, 2017), ‘[of sirens / body & faultlines]’ (Veer Books, 2015), and ‘mute exterior intimate’ (Oystercatcher Press, 2013). She’s performed and published her work internationally. She is undertaking a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at the University of Sussex. Nat’s essay ‘Transfeminine Brokenness, Radical Transfeminism’ has recently been published in the South Atlantic Quarterly. Her paper will be on ‘A Queer Marxist [Trans]Feminism: Queer and Trans Social Reproduction’.
“since the soul in our poetic-falls onto / echoed fabriccomposite creolite britain isorchestrations / culturalbreath divested // dips glottals
that they believe in their whitenessviral fictions &; departmentsmonodrama / &; image, interiors , customs &; screens”
Verity Spott is a poet, support worker, performer and musician from Hove, England. Books include Trans* Manifestos (Shit Valley, 2015), The Mutiny Aboard the RV Felicity (Tipped Press, 2017), Click Away Close Door Say (Contraband Books. 2017), We Will Bury You (Veer Books, 2017), and Gideon (Barque Press, 2014).
“Ahead of you is a perfect sequence of rational and professionally state sanctioned grills, routers and sieves. Behind you is a repressed derangement of habitation. Inside you, a screaming barb of lyric, passion, expression and defiance. Now sit tight for the probe. 'I never said that I was brave.' ”
Presented by the C20th & Contemporary Seminar, Queer Cultures Seminar and Materials Reading Series.
LISA JESCHKE & SAM SOLOMON
Saturday 17th March 2018
May Day Rooms, London
"Next up: Guillotine!"
"not queer time but alien physics"Donations to Unis Resist Border Controls.
Video of the reading can be watched below.
Sean Bonney will give a paper on Amiri Baraka at 16:00 in GR06/07 ,English Faculty, University of Cambridge, and a reading at 20:00 in the Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio. This will be the launch of Sean’s new book GHOSTS, out last year from Materials Press. Sean is currently based in Berlin, so this is a rare chance to see one of Britain’s leading contemporary political poets.
POETRY PERFORMANCE SERIES (2016-17)
POETRY PERFORMANCE SERIES # 2: STUART CALTON ~~ CAITLÍN DOHERTY ~~ JOHN DE WITT ~~ IMOGEN CASSELS
“Just too big. Firstly way too big. And then just right.”
could it be wagered thus
a silk drape and a massage of the air
a yankee candle and the Tory grandee
Friday 10th February , 7.30pm.
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POETRY PERFORMANCE SERIES # 1: GIZEM OKULU ~~ NAOMI WEBER ~~ ROSA VAN HENSBERGEN
Saturday 26th November 2016
Friday 8th July 2016
!!! Anne Boyer reading in Cambridge !!!
Lisa Jeschke & Lucy Beynon, The Tragedy of Theresa May
7.00 for a 7.30pm start
Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, English Faculty, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge
Anne Boyer is Kansas City-based. Her publications include The Romance of Happy Workers (2006) and My Common Heart (2011). Her most recent book, Garments Against Women (2015), has been described by The New York Times as a 'sad, beautiful, passionate book that registers the political economy of literature and of life itself.'
David Grundy's publications include The Problem, the Questions, The Poem (2014), Whatever You Think the Good Home (2014) and To the Reader (2016). 'with no catch to hold / what floods through the door'.
LISA JESCHKE & LUCY BEYNON
The Tragedy of Theresa May is a sequel to David Cameron (2013).
New material, including: BREXIT // BORDERS KILL, a magazine; MARIGOLD & CABLE, by Peter Gizzi, a chapbook; FOR LECTURES, by David Grundy, a chapbook; DERELICT SOLILOQUIES, by Jeremy Hardingham, a chapbook; and MORE.
 DANNY HAYWARD [Launch of ‘Pragmatic Sanction’]
Saturday 24th October 2015
“The conclusion is theoretically wrong. But before that, in the run-up to it, on the road to hell with the first door that exits from a pipe protruding upwards in the vicinity of the third door leading onwards into a highway with a person standing in it, call it me or you.”
Friday 6th February 2015
The eleventh reading in the Materials Reading Series will take place on Saturday 15th November at the Barbara White Room, Newnham College, Cambridge, 7.30 for 8pm. TIMOTHY THORNTON from Brighton will read alongside IAN HEAMES from Cambridge.
 DELL OLSEN / JUDITH GOLDMAN
Thursday 23rd October 2014
Dell Olsen’s publications include ‘Book of the Fur’ (2000), ‘Secure Portable Space’ (2004) and ‘punk faun’ (2012). “designed for everyday life but mostly out of range / between various small fires nightly on TV a dog”.
Judith Goldman has published ‘Vocodor’ (2001), ‘Deathstars/rico-chet’ (2006) and ‘The Disposessions’ (2009). “I died of a chief delight. fare thee well, crackpot.”
Copies of work by the poets and various other small-press material will be available on a book-table on the night. BYOB.
 LISA JESCHKE / TOM ALLEN
LISA JESCHKE is co-organiser of the Materials Reading Series, and author of ‘Dead Cheap’ (forthcoming from ©_©, 2014).
“One by one by one by two / If it’s not us, then it’s you.” “The dead are the cheap made plastic ash”
TOM ALLEN currently resides in Berlin. A joint book of essays is scheduled for publication as a Materials Critical Edition in 2014.
“We drink cheap. / We pay rent.”
Angevin Room, Queens’ College, Cambridge, Thursday 15th May, 7.30 for 8pm. BYOB.
 MEG FOULKES / STUART CALTON
Friday 7th March 2014
The eighth reading in the Materials Reading series will feature readings from MEG FOULKES and STUART CALTON.
MEG FOULKES is the author of 'Poems' (Rank Xerox, 2004) and 'Sylvester's Crown and Other Poems' (Arehouse, 2005).
"Bring on the fanfare, success / Writes poems of determined luck / So pleased, so incurably pleased / To be known still."
STUART CALTON is the author of 'Sheep Walk Cut', 'The Bench Graft' (both Barque Press, 2004), 'United Snap-Up' (Fenland Hi-Brow Press, 2004), 'The Corn Mother' (Barque Press, 2006), and 'Three Reveries' (Barque Press, 2010). His most recent book is 'The Torn Instructions for No Trebuchet' (Barque Press, 2013), which he will read on this occasion.
"still forever I / hate this fucking system and I wanted our life / better to realize the true generality and make its / really-existing untruth external in our / particular.”
Armitage Room (FF), Queens' College, Cambridge, Friday 7th March, 7.30 for 8pm. BYOB.
 LAURA KILBRIDE / DAVID GRUNDY
Thursday 20th February 2014
The seventh reading in the Materials Reading Series will take place on Thursday, 20 February, in the Armitage Room (FF) at Queens’ College, Cambridge, 7.30 for 8pm.
Laura Kilbride has published Errata (tipped press, 2011). A long poem, In The Square, is forthcoming from Punch press. She co-edits the Paper Nautilus Magazine. 'what should one do with the corpse of a man / going out like a god skinned alive by the eyes / of a crowd in the square where the air seems thin'.
David Grundy has published Austerity Measures (Department, 2013) and co-edits MATERIALS. 'but as FIRE / as incendiary device / You take this then / You take this star / this red star / here, into your hand / you take it & you go'.
This will also be the LAUNCH for MATERIALS 3 ::: 150 pages of poetry, prose, translations, essays by Verity Spott, A.L. Snijders/Lydia Davis, Jonathan Redhorse, Will Stuart, Evi Heinz, Jessica Laser, Tom Allen, Francis Crot, Frances Kruk, Orlando Reade, Rich Owens, Ken Fox, Michael Tencer, Toby Huttner, Roíbéard Csengeri, Ian Heames, Fred Goodwin, Will Rowe, Caitlin Dohetry, Justin Katko, Luke Roberts, Ryan Dobran & more. Soon publically available online.
 DANNY HAYWARD / CHRISTINA CHALMERS
Thursday 6th February 2014
This is the sixth reading in the Materials Reading Series.
Christina Chalmers has recently published Work Songs (Shit Valley, 2013). 'i am of this time-slot of this place of employment of this plot of land of / this landowner of this capital but i want to be of you'
Danny Hayward has recently published People (Mountain Press, 2013). 'These days it is much harder to find markets / for meat, you think, while climbing through an airvent;'
6 Feb, Armitage Room (FF) at Queens’ College, Cambridge, 7.30 for 8pm.
 JUSTIN KATKO
Thursday 23rd January 2014
The next reading in the Materials Reading Series will take place on Thursday, 23 January, in the Armitage Room (FF) at Queens’ College, Cambridge, 7.30 for 8pm. An EXTENSIVE SOLO READING! Justin Katko will read from Songs for One Occasion (Critical Documents, 2012), and new work. --- 'COMRADE! Before / Us! The deep time!'
 RYAN DOBRAN
Thursday 28th November 2013
The fourth reading in the Materials Reading Series will take place on Thursday, 28th November, in the Armitage Room (FF) at Queens’ College, Cambridge, 7.30 for 8pm.
There will be one reader, RYAN DOBRAN, previously of the University of Cambridge, and on this occasion on a visit from the United States of America. Dobran has published various books of poetry, most recently REMOTE CARBON: TEN POEMS (Cambridge: Critical Documents, 2013), as well as SHOUTS FROM OK GLAMOUR (Brighton & London: Barque Press, 2013), CONFECTION (Cambridge: ©_© Press, 2011), DING DING (Cambridge: Critical Documents, 2010) and YOUR GUILT IS A MIRACLE (London: Bad Press, 2008).
He is an editor of the journal GLOSSATOR: PRACTICE AND THEORY OF THE COMMENTARY, and is currently working on a project editing the correspondence of Charles Olson and J.H. Prynne.
 CAITLÍN DOHERTY / FRANCES KRUK
Thursday 14th November 2013
Caitlín Doherty was scheduled to read on the 31st October, but was indisposed on that occasion, so will read on this date instead. She is the author of O (Cambridge: Foule Press, 2012) and SATELLITES (Tokyo: Tipped Press, 2012) and has a book forthcoming from Critical Documents. "An inter-galactic stargate opens. Titan falls through it."
Frances Kruk is the author of A Discourse on Vegetation & Motion (Cambridge: Critical Documents, 2008), DOWN YOU GO OR NÉGATION de BRUIT APRÈS DANIELLE COLLOBERT (Scarborough, ME: Punch Press, 2011) and DWARF SURGE (London: yt communication, 2013). "he cannot have your face he / cannot have your face"
(Bring your own drink.)
Thursday 31st October 2013
Thursday 17th October 2013
Reitha Pattison is the author of SOME FABLES (Cambridge: Grasp, 2011) and the recent A DROLL KINGDOM (Scarborough, ME: Punch Press, 2013), as well as a co-editor of the Collected Poems of Ed Dorn (London: Carcanet, 2012) “The undersong of / the ‘economic cosmos’ is heard in / the meadow where the herbicides / work swift harm for a margin like / inharmonic blue prairie fires.”
Luke Roberts is the author of FALSE FLAGS (Cambridge: Mountain, 2011) and has a new book forthcoming from Equipage. “There is a car inside my stomach. / You are centuries late.”