4th Place in the Streetcake Prize for Experimental Writing

Chuffed to have come 4th in the Streetcake Prize for Experimental Writing. I felt a bit of an interloper at the prize-giving. I’m not sure my poem really is that experimental compared to all the wonderfully inventive pieces by other poets and prose-writers. Nonetheless it was lovely to be selected as a runner-up and huge shout out to Trinni and Nikki who run the prize! What a brilliant thing they’re doing 🙂

My little ghost poem

You can buy your copy of the anthology here.

The Streetcake Prize for Experimental Writing

Over the moon to have been shortlisted for The Streetcake Prize for Experimental Writing. I love what I write. I love using poetry as a tool of inquiry: testing the limits of form, experience and knowledge. But there aren’t many places that can give it a home.

Streecake Magazine is one such place. And it’s wonderful to have a poem be shortlisted for the top prize. Good luck to all the shortlisted authors.

bath magg is ACE funded!

After multiple budgets, draft upon draft of copy and battling with Grantium, we were pumped to get that news that bath magg has been awarded funding by Arts Council England.

Funding means we can pay contributors, run workshops, put on launches and even pay ourselves a bit of money for all we do running the magazine.

We won’t be millionaires by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s amazing to see this labour of love get national recognition for all that we’ve achieved!

Autumn Teaching

This autumn I’ll be teaching a number of classes in and around the UK. In September I’m going to be teaching workshops for The Bill Gates Foundation, Cambridge and Homerton College, Cambridge. Those classes are closed to external participants but you can join me for the following online sessions:

  1. A 6-week course on the sonnet at Literature Cambridge, Friday nights at 18:00 GMT starting on October 1st 2021. Head over to https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/sonnet to book a spot.

  1. A 2-session creative writing course focused on the sonnet, Friday 19th and 26th November 2021 at 18:00 GMT. Head over to https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/book-sonnet-workshop/workshop to book.

  1. A 12-week course focusing on ‘Ways in Poetry’, combining writing exercises with guided workshopping, Thursday afternoons 14:45-16:45 GMT, starting on September 23rd. Head over to https://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/ways-into-poetry/hw039-2122 to book.

Or if you want to book some private teaching, just get in touch via hello [at] mariahwhelan [dot] com

“Autumn” by Ramón Peco is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

‘Out of Time: Poetry for the Climate Emergency’ selected as a PBS Recommendation, Autumn 2021

Brilliant news that Out of Time has been selected as a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2021. A huge congratulations to Valley Press and the brilliant editor Kate Simpson.

You can pre-order Out of Time here: https://www.valleypressuk.com/book/162/out_of_time__poetry_from_the_climate_emergency

Is it shame or is it water? Poetry and research in conversation

On August 5/6th, I’ll be running a 2-day symposium with my colleagues Dr Katherine Collins (Oxford) and Dr Helen Mort (MMU). This two-day symposium seeks to bring together poets, researchers, researcher-poets and poet-researchers interested in exploring the intersections of poetry and research and to explore the questions we, as members of this growing field of inquiry, should be asking of our practices, our ethics, our outputs, and ourselves. 

Our questions include:

  • How do we define the core terms: what is research, what is poetry, what is collaboration, art, creativity, method?
  • How do we articulate aesthetic, epistemic, and ethical criteria for this kind of work? Should standards exist and what should they be?
  • What is the impact of Impact and other research quality frameworks such as REF on the kind of work that is made and valued?
  • What makes an effective, productive, collaboration between individuals and disciplines when some are poetically inclined, and others are research inclined?
  • Is poetry a ‘non-extractive’ method of research? How are the risks of colonising and appropriating poetic traditions being articulated and managed?

To send in a paper head here: https://oclw.web.ox.ac.uk/article/it-shame-or-it-water-poetry-and-research-conversation

To register as an attendee head here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/is-it-shame-or-is-it-water-poetry-and-research-in-conversation-tickets-157261524453

Digital Poetries Now: June 23rd 2021

Can technology let us dialogue with plants? What happens when a poem is playable? How does Zoom impact on our idea of what a poetry reading is?

Join me on June 23rd when Jade Cuttle, Lenni Sanders, Kim Moore and J.R. Carpenter will be answering these questions and more!

The event is hosted by the Institute of Advanced Studies at UCL at part of my Fellowship in Creative Practice. It’s open to all and registration is via: https://bit.ly/3gzA4IU