Entropics is an experimental writing series, dedicated to introducing audiences to innovative and radical literature.

Performances are followed by open conversation with the guest writer; all are invited to contribute. These events take place in off-campus locations in Southampton city centre and are open to the public. Thanks to the generosity of the Education Enhancement Fund and the support of the Department of English, Entropics is always free.

Poets invited in 2017 included Vahni Capildeo, Nat Raha, Linus Slug, Samantha Walton, Redell Olsen, Jay Bernard, Nisha Ramayya, Peter Manson, Trevor Joyce and Sophie Seita. You can read interviews with all of these poets on the Entropics blog

The first writer to be hosted by Entropics in 2018 will be J.R. Carpenter, who will perform for us on the evening of February 8th. This event is organised in conjunction with the AMT Research Group at WSA. We’re delighted to be collaborating with them on this!

J. R. Carpenter is a Canadian-born UK-based artist, writer, performer, and researcher. She has been using the internet as a medium for the creation and dissemination of experimental writing since 1993. Her pioneering web-based works of digital literature have been exhibited, published, performed, and presented in journals, galleries, museums, and festivals around the world. She is a winner of the New Media Writing Prize, the Dot Award for Digital Literature, the CBC Quebec Short Story Competition, the Carte Blanche Quebec Award for a work of creative non-fiction, and the Expozine Alternative Press Award for Best English Book for her first novel, Words the Dog Knows. Her second book, GENERATION[S], was published by Traumawien in 2010. Her third book, The Gathering Cloud, was published by Unformbooks in 2017. She is a fellow of Yaddo, Ucross, The Vermont Studio Centre, The Banff Centre, and the Eccles Centre For North American Studies at the British Library. She is currently a writer-in-residence at the Archives Nationales in Paris, a member of the Scientific Committee of Labex Arts-H2H at the University of Paris 8, and an associate lecturer at Plymouth University. Her long-awaited poetry debut, An Ocean of Static, is forthcoming from Penned in the Margins in April 2018.

Holly Pester will perform on February 21st. This event will take place at the newly opened Studio 144. We’re very pleased to be working with John Hansard Galleryon this venture!

Holly Pester is a poet and multidisciplinary writer working through archives and written histories, with gossip, radical tales and dream logic. Pester has featured in readings, performances and sound installations at Segue, New York, dOCUMENTA 13, the Serpentine Poetry Marathon. Her book, go to reception and ask for Sara in red felt tip is a collection of archive fan-fiction (Book Works 2015) and her album, Common Rest (Test Centre 2016) is a collection of collaborative lullabies and sound poems. She is lecturer in Poetry and Performance at University of Essex.

Maggie O’Sullivan will perform on March 14th at Mettricks Old Town. Further details will follow soon.

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