Five Bodies Workshops

Join us for a series of free monthly workshops exploring creative-critical practice, hybrid methodologies and experimental thinking.

Organised in collaboration with the Critical Poetics research group based at Nottingham Trent University, and featuring international guest speakers, the Five Bodies workshops provide a new platform for debate and collaboration for those interested in exploring the relationship between creative and critical writing.

Our open call for the 2020-21 academic years is now closed. Join our Five Bodies monthly poetry series, where unexpected ideas, experimental drifts and multiple voices explore perceiving, sensing, feeling and knowing as knowledge-making practices.


11 Nov 2020
Nisha Ramayya: 'On Listening’

9 Dec 2020
James Goodwin: 'On Lysis'

10 Feb 2021
Johanna Hedva: ‘On Doom'

10 Mar 2021
Simone White: ‘On Surrounding’

14 Apr 2021
J.R. Carpenter: 'On Verticality’

12 May 2021
Maureen McLane: ‘On the Notational'

J. R. Carpenter is an artist, writer, and researcher working across performance, print, and digital media. Her web-based poetry work The Gathering Cloud won the New Media Writing Prize 2016. Her poetry collection An Ocean of Static was highly commended by the Forward Prizes 2018. Her most recent collection This is a Picture of Wind, is based on a web-app of the same name. Carpenter is a fellow of the Eccles Centre at the British Library and the Moore Institute at NUI Galway. She is currently Writer in Residence at the University of Alberta September 2020-May 2021.

James Goodwin is a poet undertaking a PhD in English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London with a thesis on the blacksociopoetics of marronage, breath, sacrality and emanation. His pamphlet, aspects caught in the headspace we’re in: composition for friends, is forthcoming with Face Press; and his debut book, Fleshed Out For All The Corners Of The Slip, is forthcoming with the87press. His creative and critical work has appeared in online and print publications such as Intercapillary Space, Datableed, No Prizes, the Berkeley Poetry Review, earthbound press, and Poetry Wales, and is forthcoming with Granta Magazine and Hythe.

Johanna Hedva is a Korean-American writer, artist, musician, and astrologer. Hedva is the author of Minerva the Miscarriage of the Brain, a collection of poems, performances, and essays, and the novel On Hell. Their album The Sun and the Moon was released in 2019, and the LP, Black Moon Lilith in Pisces in the 4th House, a doom-metal guitar and voice performance influenced by Korean shamanist ritual will be released in January 2021. Their work has been shown at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Klosterruine, and Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Berlin; The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Performance Space New York, the LA Architecture and Design Museum, as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art on the Moon. Their writing has appeared in Triple Canopy, frieze, Lithub, The White Review, and is anthologized in Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art.

Maureen N. McLane is a poet, critic, educator, and divagator working in a tradition of lyric and critical inquiry. She has published six books of poetry, including This Blue which was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, Mz N: the serial, Some Say, finalist for the Audre Lorde/Publishing Triangle Award and for The Believer Award in Poetry, and What I’m Looking For: Selected Poems. Her book, My Poets, an experimental hybrid of memoir and criticism, was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography. She has also published two critical monographs on British romantic poetics and numerous essays on contemporary literature and culture. Her poems have recently appeared in the London Review of Books, Granta, PN Review, and Bomb; her most recent essay appeared in Public Books. She is Professor of English at New York University.

Nisha Ramayya is a poet whose debut collection States of the Body Produced by Love (2019) is published by Ignota Books. Other publications include Notes on a Means without End (2020) in Poetry Review; In Me the Juncture (2019) published by Sad Press; Threads (2018), a critical-creative pamphlet co-authored with Sandeep Parmar and Bhanu Kapil, published by clinic. She is a member of the Race & Poetry & Poetics in the UK research group and a lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London. In spring 2020, Ramayya is Poet in Residence at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton.

Simone White is a poet and critic. She is the author of Dear Angel of Death, Of Being Dispersed, and House Envy of All the World and the chapbooks Unrest and Dolly. Her newest book, or, on being the other woman, is forthcoming in 2021 with Duke University Press. Her work has also appeared in publications including Arttforum, BOMB, e-flux journal, the Chicago Review, and the New York Times Book Review. White teaches in the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania and on the faculty of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

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