Posted Tuesday 21 June 2016
We are delighted to have recruited some exciting poets to our permanent staff. They are Hannah Lowe and SJ Fowler and together they represent the best of 21st century British poetry, crossing the lyrical, the modern and the avant-garde.
With extensive experience in teaching, and exceptionally active roles in the poetry scene of London, the UK at large and at international festivals, they are singular representatives of the differing strands of contemporary British poetry. Together their range of styles, concerns and experience complement and evidence the width of expertise students at Kingston have access to. The activity and energy Hannah and Steven maintain throughout their writing, reading, performing, curating and teaching are representative of the inspiring department we at Kingston University are proud of, with the knowledge that students will learn and benefit from their pioneering skills.
Hannah Lowe is a poet and memoirist whose work to date explores ideas of multiculturalism, second generation migrant experience and mixed race identities. Her most recent books demonstrate a particular interest in the intersection of archival research and creative production. Her first collection "Chick" was short-listed for numerous awards and won the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. The Poetry Book Society selected her as a "Next Generation" poet in 2014. Her memoir Long Time, No See has featured as Radio 4's Book of the Week.
SJ Fowler is a poet, artist, curator and vanguardist. He works in the modernist and avant garde traditions, across poetry, fiction, theatre, sonic art, visual art, installation and performance. He has published multiple collections of poetry and has been commissioned by Tate Modern, the British Council, BBC Radio 3, Tate Britain. He is currently in residence at Wellcome Collection. His work has been translated into 14 languages and performed at venues across the world, from Mexico City to Erbil, Iraq. He is the poetry editor of 3am magazine and is the curator of the Enemies Project.