Action Poetry

Action Poetry is a series of performance events that consider the poem as an action. Action Poetry will present artists whose practices explore language in expanded forms hoping to remove boundaries between disciplines and discover new possibilities for the voice, writing and performance.

Steve McCaffery reading at Action Poetry Karen Mac Cormack reading at Action Poetry Claire Potter at Action Poetry Claire Potter at Action Poetry Mark Greenwood at Action Poetry Mark Greenwood at Action Poetry

Karen Mac Cormack & Steve McCaffery
Thursday 9th June 2016
York Medical Society, Stonegate, York
7pm - 8:30pm


Karen Mac Cormack is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, most recently AGAINST WHITE (Veer Books, London, 2013). Her poems have appeared in a number of anthologies including ‘Moving Borders’, ‘Out of Everywhere’, ‘Another Language’, and ‘Prismatic Publics’. Her texts have been translated into French, Portuguese, Swedish and Norwegian. An extended interview with her appears in Scott Thurston’s ‘Talking Poetics’ (Shearsman, 2011). Of dual British/Canadian citizenship she currently lives in the USA and teaches at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Steve McCaffery is the author of more than 40 books of poetry and criticism. His most recent books are ‘Tatterdemalion’ (Veer Books, 2014); ‘Alice in Plunderland’ (Book Thug, 2015) and ‘Revanches’, a collection of visual and concrete poetry (Xexoxial, 2015). English born and a long-time resident of Toronto, he was a co-founder of the Toronto Research Group (TRG), the sound poetry ensemble Four Horsemen, and the College of Canadian Pataphysics. Since 2004 he has been the David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters and Director and member of the UB Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo.

This event was presented as part of York Festival of Ideas 2016 and Supported using public funding by National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Claire Potter & Mark Greenwood
Thursday 10th March 2016
Kiosk Project Space, 41 Fossgate, York
7pm - 8:30pm

Claire Potter is an artist writer from Merseyside. Through published text, live performances and audio works, Claire addresses modes of reading and speaking bringing liveness, narrative and cadence to the attention of audiences. In 2014 Claire organised Shady Dealings With Language, an interdisciplinary event series exploring the intersection of art writing and performance in Leeds, London, Manchester and Edinburgh. Her first book Mental Furniture (VerySmallKitchen, 2014) is an experimental fiction that examines the relation of trauma to language, extracts of which are recorded as Mother To No Swimming Laughing Child (FortEvilFruit, 2015) in collaboration with noise musician and artist Bridget Hayden. clairepotter.net

Mark Greenwood is a performance artist/ writer originally from Newcastle and now based in Liverpool. He has presented work across the U.K, Europe and the United States. Utilising indefinite durational practice and minimal actions as art forms, Greenwood’s interests lie in anthropomorphic puzzles and inter-textual folds. Mark recently completed a PhD in Fine Art at Kingston University, London. His collected poems White Mice, All Colours were published by onec records in 2011.