Juliana Spahr (US)
Juliana Spahr is an American poet, activist, and social critic. She has written multiple collections of poetry, in which she masterfully braids the personal and intimate into poignant political criticism and horizons of revolutionary promises.
”It was all good and it was all fucked while it lasted. But eventually Non-Revolution and me were over. It was not that one day I woke up and knew it was over. Except the state was there with us in all sorts of ways. And we suffered from too much of a different sort of care from the state. And we knew history. We knew we would not be together long.”
- Juliana Spahr: That Winter the Wolf Came (2015)
Joshua Clover (US)
Joshua Clover is a professor in English at the University of California Davis, a poet, and a political activist. In his poetry the old Marx is brought vividly to life, breathing alongside flames and riots in the language of the 21st Century.
”Oh capital let’s kiss and make up
And I’ll take back all those terrible things I said about you
To my friends and in poems. What do poets know
Of capital anyway? It’s exhilarating the daily life of money
As it shifts and deliberates like Frank O’Hara buying gifts
In a haze of cosmopolite thirdworldism en route to a weekend
Out of town yet so affectless this becomes itself a signature.”
- Joshua Clover: Red Epic (2015)
Derek Beaulieu (CAN)
How and what do we read - daily? Poetry and fiction? Or advertisements, headlines, slogans and logos? Canadian Derek Beaulieu, recognised as one of the country’s most accomplished experimental writers, creates visual poetry that responses to what might be the most common way of reading and seeing in the world of today.
“It (visual poetry) startles that line between poetry and art, between graphic design and logos, in a way of playfully engaging with language”
The result of this line of thinking is fantastic. Just look at "tin soldiers" - (typewriter concrete poem, may, 2017) to the left, and check out more of Beaulieu's work - which is available and free for all - here.
Jörg Piringer (AUT)
Working within multiple digital medias - using sound, visuals, text - Jörg Piringer is one of those rare poets who tirelessly repositions poetic language into new domains and new medialities, in order to change our understanding of poetic language and expression.
His work is interactive, it's fun, it's intuitive, it's beautiful and it kickstarts your imagination.
Watch best of... below, and discover more of Piringer's work here
Kei Miller (JAM/UK)
Kei Miller is a Jamaican poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer, broadcaster and blogger. Millers work explores languages and world-views: it mixes English with the language of the rastafari, it mixes one system of knowledge with another. His poetry makes us questions how we 'read' words, how we 'hear' words, what their hidden meanings are, what kind of associations they evoke. And, with that, Millers poetry makes us ask how knowledge itself is invoked, how we come to understand the world in one way, instead of another.
The cartographer says
What I do is science. I show
the earth as it is, without bias.
I never fall in love. I never get involved
with the muddy affairs of land.
Too much passions unsteadies the hand.
I aim to show the full
of a place in just a glance.
- Kei Miller: The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (2014)
Ida Börjel (SE)
Can apathy be a form of activism? Can negligence, passivity, and hesitation themselves constitute spaces of political action? In Ida Börjel's poetry the answer to these questions is a resounding 'yes!'
As one of the most radical voices in contemporary Swedish poetry, she manages to constantly reshape juridical texts and political pamphlets into curiously crafted spaces of poetic expression and political resistance.
Her recent book Miximum Ca'Canny the Sabotage Manuals is an exceptional investigation of the possible relations between poetic language and political action – it is a lucid historical description of sabotage, as well as a contemporary call for action – it is a poetics of resistance for the 21st Century:
Say something when nothing
makes sense in life all words crash
into the abyss say something in
absurdum say something in silence
with the placards this is not all
is there is more there is more
Sara Margrethe Oskal (NO)
Meet actress, playwriter, poet, director and filmmaker Sara Margrethe Oskal. Hailing from Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino, raised in a reindeer-family, Oskal's work often depicts the life of the Sámi people. This was also her focus when earning a doctorate in Performing Arts at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, where she investigated humor in traditional Sámi stories and in yoik. Her work resulted in the award winning performance Guksin guellomuorron "The Whole Caboodle". In 2016 she published the poetry collection savkkuhan sávrri sániid, in which she invites the reader - through small, minimalistic descriptions, into the everyday life of the Sámi people. Without exoticism. With political subtlety.
"they've forgotten the joik of the wolf"
- Guksin goullemourran (2009)
Kayo Chingonyi (ZAM/UK)
Kayo Chinognyi was born in Zambia and moved to UK at the age of six. In 2017 he published his first full-length collection, Kumukanda, which translates to ‘initiation’ and is the name given to the rites a young boy from the Luvale tripe must pass through before he is considered a man. Chingonyi’s poetry is full of passages: between two worlds, ancestral and contemporary; between the living and the dead; between the gulf of who he is and how he is perceived. It’s a powerful exploration of race, identity and masculinity, underpinned by a love of music, language and literature.
“You sly devil. Lounging in a Pinter script
Or pitched from a transit van’s rolled-down window;
my shadow on this unlit road, though you’ve been
smuggled from polite conversation. So when
a friend of a friend has you poised on his lips
you are not what he means, no call for balled fist,
since he’s only signifyin(g) on the sign;
making wine from the bad blood of history.
Think of how you came into my life that day,
of leaves strewn as I had never seen them strewn,
knocking me about the head with your dark hands.”
- The N Word, Kumukanda (2017)
Pierre Alferi (FR)
Philosopher by education. Poet-writer-filmmaker-artist by occupation. Pierre Alferi is the author of over fifteen novels and books of poetry, three volumes of philosophy/essays, co-founder of the influential journal Detail and La Revue de Littérature Générale, he’s worked with public art, creating a series of calligrammatic panels for a tram line in Paris, and he has made several experimental short-films. Alferi re-contextualizes and transform mediums, making seemingly independent parts and forms of expression enter into dialogue with each other. He his known to be one of the most innovative contemporary French poets. His name can be found several places in the library as well as in police records.
Steven J. Fowler
First and foremost, this is a record of friendship. It is a testament to my refusing to be alone in the creative act.
These are the first two sentences of Steven J. Fowler's book Enemies: selected collaborations - a project about poetry in collaboration: across disciplines, across artistic genres and across forms of expression. SJ Fowler likes poetry, people - and projects. Take a look at his webpage stevenjfowler.com - you’ll find no more than 19 headlines, saying Books, Blog, Projects, Curatorial, Visual Art, Sound Art, Interview, Translation, Poetry online and the list goes on. Fowler has published seven collections of poetry, been commissioned by Tate Britain, The British Council, Tate Modern, Highlights Art, Mercy, he has been translated into 13 languages and travels all around the world on a never-ending search for future projects.
Fowlers latest poetry collection, The Guide to Being Bear Aware (2017), is described by Sarah Howe as: "... advice for living in a world gone awry. Wry, violent, contemplative, political, intimate and raucous by turns, these are poems that laze on your lap only to get their claws in."
Look forward to an energetic, ground-breaking experience.
Nils-Øivind Haagensen (NO)
Nils-Øivind Haagensen is the author of eight poetry collections, two novels and a travel book. In 2008 he co-founded the Oslo-based publishing house Flamme Forlag.
Haagensen’s poetry meets the world with sharp observation and a questioning nativity that makes you feel like neither he nor we will ever really grow up. He can seemingly write about anything – nothing is too banal or trivial - but that doesn’t stop him from exploring life's more serious subjects like love and death.
Ursula Andkjær Olsen (DK)
Meet the fascinating poet and performance artist Ursula Andkjær Olsen (DK). She writes and composes with great gestures, with a tremendous vocabulary and a musical sense of language's power and possibilities. Her impressive body of work feeds from juxtapositions, like hardness and vulnerability.
At REVERSE she will both perform by herself and together with artist Andrea Lind-Valdan, with whom she has a performance practice.
Mette Moestrup (DK)
How does something mean something in relation to something else?
Meet the Danish poet-performer-artist METTE MOESTRUP, whose work explores the connection between words and things - whose work circulates around topics such as gender, ethnicity, class, identity, body, desire.
Moestrup's latest poetry collection, co-authored with Naja Marie Aidt, is called Omina. The word is plural for the Latin word Omen, meaning a warning, a sign - urging one to beware, to be aware.
In rebellion lies a strange sort of optimism: the idea of destroying to rebuild. So let's destroy pseudo-feminists, safe pop music, entertainment that anesthetizes, the left-wing, the right-wing, ridicules rap without integrity, paroles without substance and the undermining idea of enlightenment at the universities.
MEET Nikoline: the audacious producer, director, dancer, and pop rebel behind hit cult hits like "Ketchup" and "#FUCK". Her lyrics speak to a new movement of sexually fluent youth that defies labels and insist on expressing their individuality freely.
Glenn Christian (DK)
“I haven’t actively - through my publications - focused on a larger institutional critique. But I think that working with art commits you - like everything else - to relate in an ethical way to the world. To do political work. To fight the rising fascism.”
Glenn Christian graduated from Forfatterskolen (The Danish Authors School) in 2007 and has since published seven poetry collections. The most recent one “Grusomhedsudstillingen” (2015, Arena) is the third in a line of series deriving from the initiative Donna Wood: a rewriting, continuation of already existing material. In this work one steps into a world that dissolves the difference between human and machine, biology and technology, materiality and mentality.
Rasmus Halling Nielsen
Rasmus Halling Nielsen (DK) is not a highly experimental and original voice on the Danish poetry scene, for the simple reason that he is not a voice, but an ensemble. In his poetry a multitude of perspectives perpetually engage and disengage each other; playing signs and meanings against each other; working through desorientation bordering non-sense to sudden bursts of harmonic composition. Doing this Halling Nielsen may paradoxically in the end make sense in an entirely different way. His poetry may provide a curious and experimental voice for a generation that so desperately needs one – simply because there are too many.
Liv Sejrbo Lidegaard
Liv Sejrbo Lidegaard graduated from the University of Copenhagen with an MA in Comparative Literature in 2015 and from the Writing School Litterär gestaltning in Göteborg. Since 2016 she has taught at the Danish Talent Academy (Dansk Talentakademi) in Creative Writing.
In 2015, Liv Sejersbo Lidegaard´s debut poetry collection Fælleden appeared. She has said it is the little things in life, e.g. a conversation, to fall in love or being alone, which inspires her work the most. Fælleden is a work about that, as well as the relationship between nature and civilization.
In collaboration with Podpoesi REVERSE presents an audio-installation, with works in Swedish and English, translated specifically for the festival, including the following poets:
Emil Boss (b. 1979) first collection of poems Vad avlägsna vi ser ut man kan knappt tro att det är vi was published by Bonniers in 2011. He is involved in the labour movement and the trade union and writes regularly in the Norwegian magazine Klassekampen and in the Swedish magazine Arbetaren. Boss also works as a shop assistant. Acceleration (2017) is the second collection of poems by Boss and it’s about labour, language and struggle. The work consists of a book and a receipt roll with text printed on it – two physical objects that together make a conceptual work.
Hanna Hallgren (b.1972) is a poet, scholar and teacher. She also has a background as a literary critic and cultural writer. She has been working as a professor in creative writing at Akademin Valand, Gothenburg University since 2016. That the heart’s muscle practises differently can be directly decisive, for example during war, during a death, or through love. Det som övar annorlunda likt ett hjärta (That which practise differently like a heart), the latest poetry collection by Hanna Hallgren, was initiated during the war in Gaza in 2014, when the Swedish poets Jenny Tunedal and Hanna Hallgren were in constant contact with the Palestine and Gaza based poet Somaya El Sousi.
Martina Moliis-Mellberg (b. 1984) is a literary scholar and cultural writer. Her fictional writing often comes in the form of prose poems. She studied creative writing in Åbo for two years, as well as one year at Biskops-Arnö writing school in Sweden. Her first collection of prose poems, A, was released in 2015 in Finland by Schildts & Söderströms. The book was published in Sweden by Modernista in March 2017. Moliis-Mellberg currently lives in Malmö where she combines her freelance projects with her fictional writing. The poetry collection A is Moliis-Mellberg’s first collection of poems and consists of three prose lyrical parts that bears a resemblance to the short films: Ad Undas, Alfa Casseopeia and Atlas. Together they form a literary investigation of a violent being, the experience of being on the wrong side of one’s self and the desire of move to the right side.
In the fall of 2017, Podpoesi will start a new chapbook project called Podpoesi Press. The purpose of this physical publication series is mainly to highlight a selection of the young poetry scene, which operates outside of the established publishing houses.
Hanna Stjernfeldt (b. 1990) lives in Stockholm and is the editor in chief for the literary magazine tydningen and editor of Podpoesi and Podpoesi Press.
Podpoesi & Podpoesi Press
Podpoesi.nu is a Swedish streaming web page for poetry, where one can download and share poetry read by the poets themselves. The web page is regularly updated with the latest Swedish poetry publications and is used by individuals as well as booksellers, publishing houses and librarians who wants to make poetry visible online.
As we entered year 2017, Marronage was established, in line with it being 100 years since Denmark sold the former Danish West Indies. Marronage aims at exhibiting the Western and in particular the Danish historical displacement of the colonial time. During REVERSE Marronage presents:
Ayun & Lesley-Ann Brown
Lesley-Ann Brown is a Trinidadian-American writer currently living in Copenhagen. Her book, "Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black woman to her European son" will be published by Repeater Books in spring, 2018 (US & UK). Follow her work at www.blackgirlonmars.com.
Ayun is an Angolan spoken-word and mixed-media artist. Born in Luanda, she is currently based in Copenhagen. Her work is an examination of pain and trauma in a style that challeges traditional uses of language, visuals and literary boundaries. She writes for black people.
Ayun and Lesley-Ann Brown will read from their work and together with Marronage discuss their practice in relation to Reverse's theme "Don't mourn – organize", critically examining the premis of this call.
The Danish Poetry Magazine Slagtryk, is curating a LIVE WRITING in a digital space. Five authors unknown to each other are going to write on the same text for two hours during the festival. The five authors are Anna Hechmann Knudsen, Glenn Møldrup, Selina Rom Andersen, Mikkel Roosevelt Hertz and Asger Schnack who have published poetry / short prose at Slagtryk.dk
It will be the 4th LIVE WRITING curated by Slagtryk - link to earlier writings via http://www.slagtryk.dk/live-faellesskrift/
Blækværk is a Danish, Amager-based project dedicated to people who appreciate the lyric and the performative, spontaneity and gift-giving. Every second Wednesday Blækværk turns Ama'rdillo Café into an open test room for new poetry from across Copenhagen.
This time Blækværk will be hosting an out-of-the-house event, presenting three danish poets: Jonas Okholm Jensen, Arthur Carlander and Victor Chakravarty.
ØEN is a music, art & community space at Nørrebro, with a particular focus on niche- and electronic music.
ØEN will play at the streetparty LYSE NÆTTER & an after-party in LiteraturHaus saturday evening. Look forward to good vibes, flowers and dancing!
Mathias & Mathias (DK)
Mathias & Mathias (Mathias Tourbro and Mathias Dyhr) have been in an artistic partnership since 2012. Most recently their work has been exhibited at Tranen and MUNAL Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City.
The duo is working with installations, sculpture and text based work amongst other various medias. On the website of their gallery Last Resort it is written that they »often borrow themes and motifs from art history, artistic labor and ditto narratives- not strangers to scenes from the 'Theatre of the Absurd'«.
Mathias & Mathias' creative work All ears will appear at REVERSE 2017 as part of the opening ceremony. It is an appropriation of Cervantes The Dialogue of the Dogs, and stars performers Iza Mortag Freund and Stine Gyldenkerne Nielsen.