Materials Reading Series

This is a reading series of poetry, formerly based in Cambridge and currently based in London, UK. In its original incarnation, two readers read every two weeks. Current readings are sometimes supplemented with seminars given by the poets. From 2013-2016, the Materials Reading Series was co-organised by Lisa Jeschke and David Grundy. From 2016-2017, the Poetry Performance Series was co-organised by Rosa van Hensbergen, Janani Ambikapathy and David Grundy. Current readings are organised by David Grundy (UK) and Lisa Jeschke (Germany), and during 2020 and 2021 have been conducted online.

List of Readers (Reverse Chronological Order)

James Goodwin / Candace Hill  [Cafe Oto, UK]
James Goodwin / Lütfiye Guzel /Laurel Uziell [Halle für Kunst, Lüneberg, DE

Don Mee Choi / Lotte L.S. / Theresa Seraphin / Lotta Thießen [Schamrock Poetry Festival, DE]
Mira Mattar / Sarah Hayden / Kashif Sharma-Patel 
Priyanka Voruganti / Sarona Abuaker / Emma Gomis / David Grundy
Danny Hayward, Wound Building Launch

Alli Warren [Online]
Gabrielle Daniels / Tongo Eisen-Martin [Online]

Adelaide Ivánova & Christiane Quandt / Lotta Thießen / Susanne Darabas [Online]
Ayna Steigerwald / Marty Hiatt / Ricarda Kiel & Heike Fröhlich [Online]
Peter Gizzi / Denise Riley
Robert Glück / Steven Seidenberg


Charlotte Thiessen / Marty Hiatt / Joel Scott
Erín Moure / Caroline Bergvall


Sean Bonney
Lisa Jeschke / Sam Solomon
D.S. Marriott
Nat Raha / Verity Spott
Sara Larsen / David Brazil


[Poetry Performance Series] Lisa Jeschke & Lucy Beynon / Verity Spott / Linda Kemp / Paige Smeaton
[Poetry Performance Series] Stuart Calton / John DeWitt / Caitlín Doherty / Imogen Cassels

[Poetry Performance Series] Gizem Okulu / Naomi Weber / Rosa Van Hensbergen
Anne Boyer / Lisa Jeschke & Lucy Beynon / David Grundy

Danny Hayward
Paper Nautilus / Materials # 4 Launch Event

Danny Hayward / Christina Chalmers
Laura Kilbride / David Grundy
Meg Foulkes / Stuart Calton
Lisa Jeschke / Tom Allen
Dell Olsen / Judith Goldman
Ian Heames
Justin Katko

Ryan Dobran
Nick Potamitis
Frances Kruk / Caitlín Doherty
Reitha Pattison / Luke Roberts

Details of Readings (Reverse Chronological Order)

James Goodwin / Candace Hill: Joint Book Launch
Cafe Oto, London
Sunday 29th April [Matinee]

£10 / £8 advance / £5 members

Materials/Materialien presents the launch for two new collections: James Goodwin’s Faux Ice and Candace Hill’s Short Leash Kept On. In dialogue with Skepta, D.S. Marriott, Monkstar and Klein, Faux Ice echoes the condensed form of the grime lyric: a poetry not interested in building up, but in dismantling a stable subject position. A 200-page epic in dialogue with poets Lloyd Addison and Russell Atkins and artist Tom Feelings, Hill’s extraordinary 200-page epic Short Leash Kept On flies in on torrents of invention like a Cecil Taylor solo. “molten bitumen is poetry’s tendency anyway”.

For this event, the two poets will read from and discuss their work (James Goodwin in person and Candace Hill via video link). Music will likely also be played and discussed.

James Goodwin is the author of Fleshed out For All the Corners of the Slip (The 87 Press, 2021), and Aspects Caught in The Headspace We’re In: Composition for Friends (Face Press, 2020). He is currently completing a PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Candace Hill (Candace Hill-Montgomery) was born and raised in Queens, New York. In 1979, she was artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem and exhibited her work at Artists Space. She was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1981, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1985. Since then, she has exhibited widely, contributing to Colab’s Times Square Show with the installation ‘Remembering Fred Hampton’, making public installations, publishing artists books, collaborating with Ntozake Shange, and co-curating the exhibition Working Women/Working Artists/Working Together with Lucy Lippard. Today, she resides in Bridgehampton, Suffolk County, and has recently exhibited at the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum. 

James Goodwin / Lütfiye Gzel /Laurel Uziell 
Halle für Kunst, Lüneberg, DE
Saturday 28th January 

Materials/Materialien are publishers of poetry, prose, polemics, mostly in chapbook and pamphlet formats. Previously based in Cambridge, UK, and now based in London & München, the publication series is co-edited by David Grundy and Lisa Jeschke, and accompanied by an independent reading series. At Lüneburg, the reading will be followed by a discussion and Q &A. Books will be available on a book table which will remain on site as part of the exhibition held at the Halle für Kunst.

James Goodwin is a poet doing a PhD in English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London. His most recent book, Faux Ice, has just been published by Materials.

Lütfiye Güzel, 1972 in Duisburg geboren und zwischen Ruhrgebiet und Berlin unterwegs, ist Dichterin und bringt seit 2014 Gedichte unter ihrem eigenen Label go-güzel-publishing heraus. 2017 wurde Lütfiye Güzel mit dem Literaturpreis Ruhr ausgezeichnet. Ihr aktuelles Buch „L-ABLA“ ist 2022 erschienen.

Laurel Uziell is a poet based in London and the author of T (Materials, 2020).

Event organised thanks to the kind invitation of Elisa R. Linn and Ann-Kathrin Eickhoff.

Mira Mattar / Sarah Hayden / Kashif Sharma-Patel 
Mascara Bar, 72 Stamford Hill, London N16 6XS 
Saturday 30th April / 8pm 

Mira Mattar writes fiction and poetry. Her novel, Yes, I Am A Destroyer was published in 2020 by Ma Bibliothèque and her chapbook, Affiliation, was published in 2021 by Sad Press. Her first collection of poems, The Bow, was recently published by The 87 Press. She lives and works in London.

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.

Sarona Abuaker / Emma Gomis / Priyanka Voruganti / David Grundy 
Friday 1st April 19:30 
 100 Years Gallery, 13 Pearson Street, Hoxton, London E2 8JD ==============================================================

Pleased to announce the following reading, taking place in London just over a week’s time. There will be four readers, three in person and one dialling in on Zoom. Copies will also be available of recent and/or hot-off-the-press books: Sarona’s Why so few women on the street at night (the 87 Press), Emma and Anne Waldman’s A Punch in the Gut of a Star (Pamenar Press), and David’s Five Essays (The Last Books). 

Doors 7pm | event from 7:30 | entry £5 
Take a covid test beforehand if you can to be on the safe side! 

Sarona Abuaker has been published in Berfrois, MAP Magazine, the 87press’ Digital Poetics series, KOHL, Ludd Gang, and Senna Hoy. Her debut poetry collection, Why so few women on the street at night, published by the 87Press, is a queer phenomenology of collective Palestinian futurisms and memory building. 

Emma Gomis is a Catalan American poet and essayist. She is the author of the pamphlets Canxona (Blush Lit) and X (Spamzine Press), and, with Anne Waldman, Goslings to Prophecy (The Lune) and A Punch in the Gut of a Star (Pamenar Press), and the co-editor, with Anne Waldman, of New Weathers: Poetics from the Naropa Archives forthcoming from Nightboat Books. 

Priyanka Voruganti is a NYC-based poet studying anthropology at the University of Cambridge. She/they have been published in Speciwomen magazine, the Women's Review of Books, the Brooklyn Rail, and more. 

David Grundy is the author of Local Apocalypse (Materials), Relief Efforts (Barque Press), To The Reader (Shit Valley), and The Problem, The Questions, The Poem (Tipped Press), along with the critical book A Black Arts Poetry Machine: Amiri Baraka and the Umbra Poets (Bloomsbury). He co-runs Materials/Materialien press.

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

We’re pleased to announce a launch event for Danny Hayward’s new book of essays, Wound Building: Dispatches from the Latest Disasters in UK Poetry, out now from punctum books. A discussion of the book with Danny Hayward, Lisa Jeschke and David Grundy in the first half will be followed by poetry readings by Laurel Uziell, Verity Spott, Danny Hayward and Lisa Jeschke in the second half.

Wound Building is a front-line report on contemporary poets and politics in the UK circa 2015-2020, most of whom have little audience outside the little magazines they publish and the reading series they put on. The book is also about violence, representation, love poems, elegies, fantasies, the death of David Cameron, being split open along a seam, care homes, basement songs, the Foxconn factory in Guangzhou, science fiction, anarchism, and a refusal to argue. 
“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.” 
Doors 7pm | event from 7:30 | entry £5 Discount copies of the book will be on sale. Take a covid test beforehand if you can to be on the safe side! 

Danny Hayward is the author of People (Mountain, 2013), Pragmatic Sanction (Materials, 2015), and I/II (Shit Valley, 2017). He maintains the archive-in-progress, and along with many dozens of others co-runs the communist events series No Money.

Materials Reading Series: Alli Warren
Online, Saturday 17th July 2021
8pm UK time / 12 noon PST

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Very pleased to announce the online launch for Alli Warren s new Selected Poems, just published by Materials. 
Dear Comrades
don’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. 

Reading held online at Jitsi Meet. Please email David Grundy at for further details.   

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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Very pleased to announce the online launch for two new books by Gabrielle Daniels and Tongo Eisen-Martin, Something Else Again: Poetry and Prose 1975-2019 and Waiting Behind Tornados for Food. Both writers will read, followed by a Q&A session. 

GABRIELLE DANIELS was born in New Orleans in 1954 and moved to California at the age of seven. Her grandmother, the late Rev. Ruth Matthews Taylor, was a Spiritualist Minister. Daniels’ essays, stories and poems have appeared in the print and online magazines Big Scream, Equinox: Writing for a New Culture, Kenyon Review, Love You Madly, Mango, Open Space, Poets Reading the News, Rigorous, San Jose Studies, Silver Birch Press,Sinister Wisdom, and Soup, and the anthologies This Bridge Called my Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, edited by Cheríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Sister Fire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry, edited by Charlotte Watson Sherman, Another Wilderness: New Outdoor Writing by Women, edited by Susan Fox Rogers, and Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing 1977-1997, edited by Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian. Her reviews have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, American Book Review, Off Our Backs and Women’s Book Review.  
“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)
TONGO EISEN-MARTIN is the author of someone’s dead already (Bootstrap Press,2015) and Heaven Is All Goodbyes (City Lights, 2017). He is an educator and organizer whose work centres on issues of mass incarceration, extrajudicial killings of Black people, and human rights, and includes a curriculum on the extrajudicial killing of Black People, “We Charge Genocide Again!”, which has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout America. He lives in San Francisco.            

“I am trying to figure out the ruling class. How they raise their replacements…”

Reading held online at Jitsi Meet. Please email David Grundy at for further details.   

MATERIALIEN Lyrik Lesereihe / Reading Series: Dezember 2020 [Zoom]

Di / Tue, 01.12.2020, 8 p.m. CET / 20 Uhr
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


Zur Anmeldung bitte an materials.materialien [at] schreiben und angeben, zu welchem Abend ihr kommen wollt / ob zu beiden. Ihr bekommt den Zoom-Link kurz vor der Veranstaltung per E-Mail.

Zur Unterstützung der Autor*innen und der kleinen Publikationsreihe wird um einen freiwilligen Solibeitrag nach Ermessen gebeten. Die Einnahmen gehen gleichwertig an alle an beiden Abenden Lesenden und Materialien. Die Überweisungsinformation kommt mit dem Zoom-Link.


To register, please write to materials.materialien [at] 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.

To support the authors and the press, we would like to ask you to make a small voluntary contribution (at your discretion). This will be shared equally between all readers and Materialien. Transfer details will be provided along with the Zoom link.

Peter Gizzi / Denise Riley
Saturday 7th March 2020, 4pm
SET: Dalston, London E8 3DF 

Delighted to announce that Peter Gizzi and Denise Riley will be reading for the Materials Reading series this March.

Denise Riley’s latest book is her Selected Poems 1976-2016. She lives in London.

The souls of the dead are the spirit of language:
you hear them alight inside that spoken thought.

Peter Gizzi’s new and selected poems, Sky Burial, is just out from Carcanet, and his next book, Now It’s Dark, will be out from Wesleyan later this year. His previous publications include In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems, 1987-2011 (Wesleyan University Press, 2014); The Outernationale (Wesleyan University Press, 2007), Some Values of Landscape and Weather (2003), Artificial Heart (1998), and Periplum (1992). He edited The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer (1998), and, with Kevin Killian, co-edited My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (2008).

Someone saw it, I love them for seeing it.
I love seeing it with them.

The venue is wheelchair accessible (ground floor) and entry is free. (See accessibility document here:!3196&ithint=file%2cdocx&authkey=!AOECZ_l1bm-JiJ4) There will be a book table.

** Note afternoon start time.**

Email for further details

Robert Glück / Steven Seidenberg
Saturday 4th January 2020, 4pm
SET, Dalston

*Note afternoon start time*

Delighted to announce a rare UK reading for leading New Narrative writer Robert Glück, along with poet, philosopher and photographer Steven Seidenberg, visiting from the UK from the San Francisco Bay Area (via Italy…)

In the late 70’s, Robert Glück and Bruce Boone founded New Narrative, a literary movement that makes use of self-reflexive storytelling, and essay, lyric, and autobiography in one work. Glück has written the novels Jack the Modernist (1985) and Margery Kempe (1994, to be republished by The New York Review of Books Classics in March 2020), the short story collections, Elements (1982) and Denny Smith (2003), and Communal Nude: Collected Essays (2016). His books of poetry include Reader (1989), La Fontaine with Bruce Boone (1981), and In Commemoration of the Visit with Kathleen Fraser (2015).  Glück is former director of San Francisco’s Poetry Center and Small Press Traffic and associate editor at Lapis Press. He lives “high on a hill” in San Francisco.

Steven Seidenberg is the author of Situ (2018), Null Set (2015), Itch (2014), and two forthcoming works––plain sight (Roof Books, 2020) and Anon (Omnidawn, 2021). His collections of photographs include Pipevalve: Berlin (2017), and Imaging Failure: Abandoned Lives of the Italian South (forthcoming in 2020). He co-edited the poetry journal pallaksch.pallaksch., and has exhibited his visual work in Japan, Italy, Germany, Mexico, and the United States.

The event is free entry (no need to reserve in advance) and there will be a book table. For any further details, please contact David Grundy (

Erín Moure / Caroline Bergvall
SET, Dalston, Saturday 16th November, 4pm

*Note afternoon start time*

*Note Erín has an extremely severe peanut allergy and we kindly request that people refrain from bringing in or eating peanuts during the reading*

Very pleased to present this surprise reading in London: Erín Moure, visiting from Canada, will read alongside Caroline Bergvall!

Erín Moure is a poet and translator. In Canada, the USA and the UK, she has published 18 books of poetry, as well as essays, articles and memoirs. She is translator / co-translator of 19 books of poetry and two of creative non-fiction (biopoetics) from French, Galician, Portunhol, Portugese, Spansh, and Ukranian, by poets including Nicole Brossard, Andrés Ajens, Chus Pato and Fernando Pessoa. A Selected Poems, Planetary Noise, came out from Wesleyan in 2017; her most recent books are The Elements (Anansi 2019),which she calls “a book of Dad”, and a translation of Galician poet Chus Pato’s talk on the nature of poetry and being, At the Limit (Zat-So Productions, 2018). In November 2019 she holds a Translation Exchange residency with Chus Pato at Queen’s College, Oxford.

“Give me nothing
Give me not this monstrance
The elements
For which I went today in morning
my mouth black
in the lightcup of the trees”
Caroline Bergvall is a writer of French-Norwegian origins based in London. She works across art-forms, media and languages; outputs alternate between books, collaborative performances and lan­guage installations. Her publications include Fig (Salt, 2005), Meddle English (Nightboat, 2011) and Drift (Nightboat, 2014); other pieces include the touring work Ragadawn (2016-2020), an outdoor sunrise performance for spoken voice, soprano, and a dawn chorus of voices in multiple minoritarian languages (with vocal work by composer Gavin Bryars). She is currently Visiting Professor in Medieval Studies at King’s College London. Bergvall’s latest book, Alisoun Sings, a dystopian feminist experiment in invented English departing from Chaucer’s Wife of Bath, is out from Nightboat in November 2019.

“how to fucken progress is dangerously outlived outdone
how to live sloer lives, together cooperatively, open a tac-
ticall hand, geteth going
prepeth whats coming, get skriking”

4pm, SET: 27A Dalston Ln, Dalston, London E8 3DF 

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MATERIALS READING SERIES: Hiatt / Thiessen / Scott
Monday 27th May 2019
SET, Dalston

The MATERIALS Reading Series is pleased to announce readings by three poets visiting from Berlin.

Is a poet and translator from Melbourne, now based in Berlin, who runs bulky news press ( Work appears in Cordite, Otoliths, past simple, dinner, scallysub, and Overland. His recent chapbooks are hard-line, the manifold, back to noise and Paraphrenia, which was published by MATERIALIEN in 2019.

“begrimed multipede

pull in your blades

execute command”

Is a poet and translator who grew up in Porto and lives in Berlin. Her chapbook In This came out in 2016, and she has published in magazines including Mask, Dinner, Legoville, Architecture et Poesie, and Splinter. She co-runs the magazine and reading series artiCHOKE in Berlin, which brings together poets from a German-speaking context and from other countries/languages. She also edits the internationalist feminist poetry publication Vírgulentxs.  Fragments of Baby is forthcoming in 2019.

“in what’s present there is no space
for your absence is impossible
you fall through a distance in the game”

Is a poet and translator, originally from Sydney. He co-runs the Berlin-based magazine and reading series artiCHOKE. His translation of the second volume of Peter Weiss’s Die Ästhetik des Widerstands (The Aesthetics of Resistance) will appear with Duke University Press in early 2020.

“I voted to send the citizens to contain the police.
I vote to erase the citizen.”

7pm, SET: 27A Dalston Ln, Dalston, London E8 3DF 

Email for further details

Seminar & Reading
Saturday 17th November, Cambridge University English Faculty

The materials Reading and Seminar series is hugely excited to present Sara Larsen and David Brazil, on a special visit from Oakland, CA, stopping over at Cambridge, UK. Poets and scholars of Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, the Pauline tradition, Sappho, Christian communism, the Paris Commune, the Trojan war, riot grrrl, and more; co-editors of the legendary little magazine Try!; heavily involved in the Occupy movement; and leading contemporary poets, their work challenges traditional pedagogical models and helps to imagine and enact counter-institutions, a praxis of radical education that manifests in such initiatives as the Oakland Free University and the Bay Area Public School. Larsen and Brazil will give a seminar in the afternoon and a reading in the evening – we’re lucky to have them with us!

[16:00-18:00] Seminar, Faculty Board Room

Sara Larsen – History happening in Merry Hell - Paris Commune, Occupy Oakland, & the “counter-epic”

In MERRY HELL, Helen of Troy exposes the “misogynist spell” of the traditional (patriarchal) narrative that condemns her for the horrors of the Trojan War and insists “LET ME TELL YOU ALL THE TRUTH OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME”. As it happened, Helen is neither abducted by nor runs off in love with Paris, but rejects Empire and leaves Sparta of her own volition. Helen’s story, a heroine’s journey, is interwoven with circumstances surrounding the Pétroleuse, or women incendiaries, of the 1871 Paris Commune as well as those of Occupy Oakland. 

We’ll discuss what’s up with the interweaving of time periods in Merry Hell, delve into the history of the Paris Commune (and why it’s important today), talk about some of Sara’s experiences at Occupy Oakland that show up in the book, as well as the process and thinking behind writing a feminist “counter-epic”.

David Brazil - “Samson Agonistes, Is It?”: Reading Hopkins Reading Milton Reading Horace Reading Pindar

What are the origins of free verse in English?  How are its roots predicated on a productive misreading of the Greek classics and the Hebrew prophets?  Why does Milton fulminate against the “modern bondage of rhyming”?  When Hopkins wrote to Dixon on 6 October 1878, what was he on about?  Where on earth did ‘sprung rhythm’ even come from?  Who can say the difference between liberty and license?

[19:30] Poetry Reading, Judith E Wilson Drama Studio

Sara Larsen is the author of The Riot Grrrl Thing (forthcoming from Roof Books, 2019) Merry Hell (Atelos, 2016), and All Revolutions Will Be Fabulous (Printing Press, 2014). She is also the author of several chapbooks including Riot Cops En Route To Troy and The Hallucinated, among others. With David Brazil, she edited over sixty issues of the literary zine TRY! from 2008 to 2011. She lives in the Bay Area. Her work is featured in Lyn Hejinian’s essay “The Sneeze: Oversignification, Protest, Poetry”.

David Brazil is a pastor and translator.  His most recent book is Holy Ghost (City Lights, 2017).  He lives in Oakland, California. He co-edited Revolution: A Reader with Lisa Robertson and The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater with Kevin Killian.

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.

Tuesday 24th April, Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, 7:30pm

D.S. Marriott will be giving a rare UK poetry reading in Cambridge this coming week. This will serve as a UK launch for his most recent book, Duppies, published by Materials in 2017; copies will be available on the night. D.S. Marriott was born in Nottingham in 1963 of Jamaican parentage and was educated at the University of Sussex. He has taught there and now teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has written many articles on poetics and is the author of On Black Men, published in 2000 by the University Presses of Edinburgh and Columbia, New York, and Haunted Life, published in 2007 by the University Press of Rutgers, New Jersey. His collections of poems are Incognegro (Salt Publishing, 2005), Hoodoo Voodoo (Shearsman Books, 2008), The Bloods (Shearsman, 2011) and Duppies (Materials, 2017). A critical book, Whither Fanon?: Studies in the Blackness of Being is forthcoming from Stanford University Press in 2018.

“Grime is payback for n-words and down-lows. It has dominion but no license for each dissolve is charged with an asbo. It makes music from a manor that is not-me, but what it gives has neither use-value nor beauty.

Grime is a medium of the unknown, it refuses everything but possibility: its violence is one without immunity, but its real is dispossession, and is inconsolable without knowing it.”

Saturday 17th March 2018
May Day Rooms, London

Lisa Jeschke completed a Ph.D in England, and now lives in Munich. She is co-editor of MATERIALS and MATERIALIEN, and the author of Dead Cheap (Face Press, 2014), and, with Lucy Beynon, David Cameron: A Theatre of Knife Songs (Shit Valley, 2015) and The Tragedy of Theresa May (Tipped Press, forthcoming). The Anthology of Poems by Drunk Women is forthcoming from MATERIALS.
"Next up: Guillotine!"

Sam Solomon teaches at the University of Sussex, where is Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence. He is the author of Life of Riley (Bad Press, 2012) and co-translator, with Jennifer Krinovet and Faith Jones of the Selected Poems of Celia Dropkin (2014). Special Subcomittee was recently published by Commune Editions.

"not queer time but alien physics"
Donations to Unis Resist Border Controls. 

Video of the reading can be watched below.

SEAN BONNEY [ Reading and Seminar / UK launch of GHOSTS ]
Saturday 24th February 2018 

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.

16:00 Seminar: “In Terrible Flame: Antifascist Cosmology in the late work of Amiri Baraka” [Abstract to Follow]

20:00 Poetry Reading: Launch of GHOSTS

Sean Bonney will be launching the pamphlet Ghosts, published in 2017 by Materials Press. Containing poems written in Berlin between September 2015 and the Summer of 2017, this pamphlet includes selected work from Cancer: Poems after Katerina Gogou, and an ongoing sequence entitled Our Death, as well as other pieces from the period. These are poems haunted by catastrophe, light, fires, the sun, violence and love. As Bonney writes: “We were talking about prophecy, about defeat and war, about how nobody knows what those words really mean, and what they will come to mean”. Drawing on writers like Baudelaire, Artaud, Anita Berber and Hölderlin like “marks on a calendar”, “a kind of cacophony”, or “the beginnings of a map”, these poems are vital indices of where we are.

“These days everyone is writing their final book. Whatever. I’ve lost everything as well. My body is made up of three needles, several coins, a system of nitrates and something wankers would call ‘a philosophy’. I see in the dark and like to smash mirrors. For many other people things are far worse.”

Sean Bonney’s previous books include Letters Against the Firmament (2015), Happiness (2011), The Commons (2011), Document (2008), Baudelaire in English (2007) and Blade Pitch Control Unit (2005). He currently lives in Berlin, where he is conducting postdoctoral research at the Freie Universität.



Have made theatre together since 2007, in Cambridge, London, Berlin, etc. Some of it has been published, including David Cameron (Shit Valley Press, 2015).

Is a poet and musician based in Brighton, and the author of Trans* Manifestos (Shit Valley, 2016) Gideon (Barque Press, 2014), Balconette (Veer Books, 2014), Dear Nothing and No One In It and Effort to No (Iodine, 2013). She runs Iodine press and Horseplay. Click Away Close Door Say has just been published by Contraband Books, and another book of lyric poems, written with Tim Thornton, is due from Face Press. Verity is also editing the poetry of Arlen Riley Wilson.

Is a poet and musician based in Sheffield. Her book Lease Prise Redux was published by Materials last year. She is the founder of the DIY publishing press and record label enjoy your homes press.

Is a poet based in Cambridge. She has worked with the poet Vahni Capildeo on Perfomance Art Events ‘The Bacchae’, ‘Maenads of Necessity’ and ‘Azure Noise’. Work appears in Botch magazine.

Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, English Faculty, University of Cambridge
Friday 3rd March 2017, 7.30pm
Book table

Email Rosa Van Hensbergen, Janani Ambikapathy, David Grundy ( 

Friday 10th February 2017

The second reading in the Poetry Performance Series (PPS) features two visiting poets – Stuart Calton, from Manchester, and John De Witt, from Paris – alongside Cambridge’s Imogen Cassels and Caitlín Doherty. There will also be a book table.



Stuart Calton is the author of the following books: Blepharospasms (2016), Live at Late Dilated Ileum (2015), The Torn Instructions for No Trebuchet (2013), Three Reveries (2010), The Corn Mother (2006), The Bench Graft (2004), United Snap Up (2004), and Sheep Walk Cut (2003). As a musician, he is the incomparable dictophonist TFH Drenching. His book Wimpy and André has just been released from MATERIALS press and will be on-sale on the night. A poem in ten sections, setting forth the interrelations between protagonists Wimpy, Climpy, Sandy and André, in a potentially infinite selection of mixed scenarios. Amongst other sounds, the poem includes the sounds of a car alarm, the thin barking of a radically rationalised trick poultice, a shout, a voice, silence, static, galloping and The Lark Ascending played triple-speed nine octaves up like rain on a steel bin-lid over a rave synth line.

“Just too big. Firstly way too big. And then just right.”



Caitlín Doherty is the author of O (Foule Press, 2012) and Satellites (Tipped Press, 2012).
About the latter, China Miéville has written in the Guardian:

“Doherty, an outstanding young poet, uses our orbital trash, the bric-a-brac of communication tech and a deflating space race as a hook for her interrogations. Even a familiar notion is reinvigorated: the pathos of the first dog in space is not a subject previously untouched, but in her eulogy to Laika, Doherty marries cool rigour and generosity without sentimentality, and if you can get to the end without tearing up you’re stronger than I.”

Doherty is also the poetry editor of the journal Salvage, and her new book, Our Party, is forthcoming from Critical Documents.

“could you plan on my improvement
could it be wagered thus
a silk drape and a massage of the air
a yankee candle and the Tory grandee
unlabouring harmony



John DeWitt was born in Mexico City, later moved to Nashville, and now lives in Paris. He is the author of Ends (Tipped Press, 2011), and Visceral Apocrypha (Shit Valley, 2013) and co-wrote, with Rosa Van Hensbergen, as Bill Ding, Buildings (Tipped Press, 2012).

“Nevermind spirits, it was motherfucker(!)
Motherfucker how could you have me at the end of my legs

He shook his fist at the chairs, at the light, maybe even at the flowers in the garden
as motherfucker has such a small mouth for the world
and such a ponytail floating in the wind



Imogen Cassels is from Sheffield and reads English at Cambridge. She was a Young Poet on the Underground in 2015, and in 2016 was a winner of the Poetry Business New Poets Prize. Her poems have appeared in Blackbox Manifold, The Literateur, Ambit, and the LondonMagazine.
“Somewhere they are watching rockets bombing
with fireless grace. Somewhere we end up
fucking in our sleep, and are disturbed by waking.”


Friday 10th February [2017], 7.30pm.
Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, English Faculty Building, Cambridge.

Email David Grundy ( <>), Rosa Van Hensbergen ( <>) or Janani Ambikapathy ( <>) for further details.

Saturday 26th November 2016

The first reading in a new series will feature three poets reading from their work. There will also be a book table.


Is a poet who has published poems in Datableed, Intercapillary Space, &c. and is studying for a Ph.D at Royal Holloway. With Edmund Hardy, she organises the reading series TENT in London. Her book MESMER is forthcoming from MATERIALS.

“The subject identifies itself with a holograph. It vanishes somewhat embarrassed. It has got no personal identities, no national insurance number. The subject is non-existent.”


Is a poet who has published poems in Datableed, No Money, &c. Her book VERY LONELY ANIMALS is just out from MATERIALS (copies will be available on the night), and she has another one forthcoming from Tim Thornton and Verity Spott’s The Winter Olympics Press.

“This world we love and keep our love in keeps
Tearing our hands
The shreds around nails dragging behind
Looking around for gazes to meet
Digging bone to neighbourly flesh
God help me I am trying to be kind
But what other worlds have you given us
To serve, says a secret prayer”


Is a poet and performer and the author of Inebriate Debris (Punch Press, 2011), Some New Growth at the Temple or Lobe (Critical Documents, 2013), Lights Out to Love in HD (Materials, 2015), and In Accident and Emergence: For Disasters of the Head and Heart and Hemisphere (Veer Books, 2015).

“with delight and torrent
through the hulls
the corridors
tearing on
to the boiling point
between us


Saturday 26th November [2016], 7.30pm.
Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, English Faculty Building, Cambridge.
Email David Grundy (, Rosa Van Hensbergen ( or Janani Ambikapathy ( for further details.

Friday 8th July 2016

!!! Anne Boyer reading in Cambridge !!!

David Grundy

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
Free drink


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'.

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.

[13] DANNY HAYWARD [Launch of Pragmatic Sanction’]
Saturday 24th October 2015

The thirteenth reading in the Materials Reading Series will take place on Saturday 24th October in the Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, English Faculty, University of Cambridge, 7 for 7.30pm. This is the launch event for DANNY HAYWARD’s book ‘Pragmatic Sanction’.


Danny Hayward is the author of ‘People’ (Mountain Press, 2013) and ‘Two Essays: Best and Worst in Poetry / Perfect Capitalism’ (Veer, 2012). His essays include ‘Adventures in the Sausage Factory: A Cursory Overview of UK University Struggles, November 2010 - July 2011’ and ‘John Maynard Nothing’ in Mute (2012), and ‘The Essential Standpoint of Man: An Autopsy, in Three Parts’ in World Picture Journal 6 (2011).

‘Pragmatic Sanction’ is A Long Dramatic Monologue about recent developments in population control and work enforcement, done up as a chase sequence involving a mysterious booming sound, a side-scrolling pig’s head, and a lucky number seven, and featuring an extended cameo by the brain structure primarily responsible for coordinating stress response in humans and other animals.

“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.”


Copies of the book will be on sale.

Friday 6th February 2015

*Friday 6th February, Judith E Wilson Drama Studio, prompt 7.30 pm start*

A joint launch event for the fourth issues of The Paper Nautilus (eds. Kilbride / Van Hensbergen) and MATERIALS (eds. Jeschke / Grundy). This new issue of TPN is a translation issue, featuring translations of, among others, Clarice Lispector, Friederike Mayröcker, Sophie Podolski, Anne Portugal, Amelia Rosselli and Monique Wittig. The new issue of MATERIALS is subtitled ‘Economic Ophelia’ and features work from Rob Halpern, Kevin Killian, Nina Power, Connie Scozzaro, Cathy Wagner and others.

The night will feature performances, poetry readings, lectures and presentations
in fitting and unfitting arrangements by the following:

·         Lucy Beynon
·         Eleanor Careless
·         Gareth Farmer
·         Rosa Van Hensbergen
·         Lisa Jeschke
·         Laura Kilbride
·         Hannah Proctor
·         Will Stuart
·         Marina Vishmidt
·         Naomi Weber
·         + potentially others TBC

Saturday 15th November 2014

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.


Timothy Thornton is the author of 'Now Vulgate' (Grass Press, 2008), 'PESTREGIMENT' (Grasp Press, 2009) and 'Jocund Day' (Mountain Press, 2011). He is a poet, musician and composer (currently working on a chamber opera based on The Tempest), and a former editor of Grasp Press. "hold on we’ll spit some mass, more one-ply, bulkhead-broach some mass, spit up, spray, spit off"

Ian Heames is a poet and print-maker and has written 'Bad Flowers' ((c)_(c) press, 2009), '[PAREIDOLIA]-BACKMASK' ((c)_(c) press, 2010), 'Out of Villon' ((c)_(c) press, 2011), 'Gloss to Carriers' (Critical Documents, 2011) 'Banners over Terminal Highway' ((c)_(c) press, 2012), 'Array One' (Critical Documents, 2012), 'To' (Iodine, 2013), 'A.I. in Daylight' (Materials, 2014), and two recent books of Sonnets (with Jonty Tiplady) (Face Press, 2014). He runs Face (formerly (c)_(c)) Press."just when I thought / I was perfect / I find this big weird mistake"

There will be a book table containing books. BYOB

Thursday 23rd October 2014

The first MATERIALS reading this term, and the tenth in the series overall, will take place on Thursday 23rd October at the Judith E.Wilson Drama Studio, English Faculty Basement, Cambridge, 7.30 for 8pm. DELL OLSEN will read alongside the visiting American poet JUDITH GOLDMAN, who is in town for one month only.


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.

Thursday 15th May 2014

The ninth reading in the Materials Reading series will feature readings from LISA JESCHKE and 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.

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.

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.


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.


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!'


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.

"Democratic keytar."

All welcome. 


Thursday 14th November 2013

The third reading in the Materials Reading Series will take place on Thursday, 14th November, in the Armitage Room (FF) at Queens’ College, Cambridge, 7.30 for 8pm.

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"

All welcome.

(Bring your own drink.)

Thursday 31st October 2013

The second reading in the Materials Reading Series will take place on Thursday, the 31st October, in the Armitage Room at Queens’ College, Cambridge, at 7.30 for 8pm. 

Caitlín Doherty 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.”

Nick Potamitis is the author of THE BOOK OF NIGHT TERRORS (Cambridge: Salt, 2010) and the forthcoming JUBILATE AJAX (Cambridge: Mountain, 2014). “despite / his being only an archetype, the philologist still / finds fault with the tableware.”

Thursday 17th October 2013

This is the first reading. The first two readers will be Reitha Pattison and Luke Roberts, THIS Thursday, the 17th October, at 7.30 for 8p.m. in the Armitage Room (FF) at Queens' College. Ask the porters for directions &c. Email David Grundy ( and Lisa Jeschke ( for further information & / or clarification.

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.”