Sean Bonney‘s recent books are The Commons, Happiness and Four Letters. Most of his work attempts to think through the fault-lines that run between political activism, revolutionary subjectivity and radical poetics. His work has been translated into several languages, and in late 2011 he taught a seminar series on Poetry and Revolution at the University of Cambridge. He was out on the streets during the August riots, and lives in utter poverty in East London.
Jennifer Cooke is a London-based poet whose work can be found online and in print, courtesy of the following publications, among others: Onedit, Great Works, Quid, Punch, Intercapillary Space, Breach, Succour and Archive of the Now. She edited an East Midlands issue of Cleaves journal while living in Leicester two years ago. Her poem-sequence set to music composed by Adam Robinson, Steel Girdered Her Musical: In Several Parts, is the topic of a chapter in the forthcoming book, Britannia’s New Tongues, by David and Christine Kennedy. A book collection of her poetry is coming out this year with Contraband Press, University of Surrey, entitled *not suitable for domestic sublimation. A Lecturer in English at Loughborough University, she has publications on modernism, contemporary poetry, psychoanalysis, and Hélène Cixous. She is author of Legacies in Plague in Literature, Theory and Film (Palgrave, 2009), the editor of the forthcoming essay collection, Scenes of Intimacy: Reading, Writing, and Theorising Contemporary Literature, and is currently writing a monograph entitled Experimentalism, Intimacy, Affect which examines the usage of intimacy as an experimental tactic in texts from modernism to the present. For ‘Expenditure’ she’ll be reading poems from a sequence-in-progress about water, its privatisation, and the ethical questions it raises about its ownership, usage and consumption, and what will happen in the water-scarce globally warmed future. Water is both a huge natural resource and an intimate part of us: every ‘average sized man’ contains 40 litres of it. The final series of poems will be set to the music Adam Robinson is creating through a variety of water-related processes, including boiling and freezing.
Emily Critchley is an Early Career Researcher who has already earned an international reputation as both a writer and critic, specialising in experimental literature. Her research has been rated at the international level with over fifteen published articles and poetry collections. She has been performing her work across the UK and in the USA since 2000. She has also organised two three-day, international conferences for other experimental writers, at the universities of Cambridge and Greenwich respectively.
Angharad Davies is a violinist based in London. She is an active performer in contemporary, improvisation and experimental music both as a soloist and within ensembles. Since making London her base in 2002 she has developed a specific approach to the violin, extending the sound possibilities of the instrument by attaching and applying objects to the strings or by sounding unexpected parts of the instrument’s body. She is dedicated to exploring and expanding sound production on the violin.
Andrew Spragg is a poet, performer and critic. His first book, The Fleetingest, was published by Red Ceiling Press in May 2011, and a second, Notes for Fatty Cakes, was published October 2011 by Anything Anymore Anywhere. Andrew will be performing with some, though not all, of the Effort: http://the-effort.co.uk/music.html
He has a blog at www.brokenloop.blogspot.com
He also edits Inf. Ed. www.infiniteeditions.blogspot.com
Jonty Tiplady grew up in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, moving to London, Paris, then Brighton, where he received a PhD on Jacques Derrida. He has published 8 chapbooks of poetry, including Zam Bonk Dip (Barque Press 2007) and At the School of Metaphysics (Fly By Night 2008). He won the 2009 Crashaw Prize and currently lives in London.